The Treehugger Swimsuit Issue.

Via Waylon Lewis
on May 17, 2010
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It’s Treehugger’s Eco Swimsuit Issue: click here for Slideshow with many options, info and how-to-buy.

‘Tis the season, ladies, and every year Apollo supplies more and more eco-ish options for swimwear, boy shorts, bikinis (including our dear friend Anna’s Deux Fm, whose “Ecokini” we reviewed last year).

Click over to Treehugger’s slideshow of stylish (mostly) eco (mostly) options including the below images, and more info and how to get. But remember: bamboo ain’t particularly green. Go for Made in the USA, organic cotton, vintage…or what you’ve already got in your closet.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


7 Responses to “The Treehugger Swimsuit Issue.”

  1. Julia says:

    I don't necessarily have a problem with the high price. Lots of sustainable stuff has a high price tag now because of the time and effort it takes to produce them. Of course, I'm not going to spend $220 dollars on a bathing suit company that doesn't represent me and my body type. Skinny yoga hipsters need only apply. Gross.

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    Tonya Weger

    i find it utterly disgusting a conscious group would suggest spending US$200+ for a swimsuit. how many ppl can eat on that? awful. wasteful. disgusted. N-E-X-T.
    i am UNLIKING the elphadink …

    Tamon Mark Uttech
    I agree Tonya

    Namaste Maryangelo
    i can not afford 2 buy these bathing suits -even if i had the money i would not spend it on expensive things – i will continue 2 use what i have – and use what money i have 2 donate 2 worthy causes – i am a tree hugger- and the tree does not care what i have on – i continue 2 shop at second hand stores when i need something – just adding my 2 cents 🙂

    Chris Ford
    Word. And buy that girl a sammich.

    Sandra Nicht
    where are the men in their eco friendly "speedos"?
    Amen, Sandra! Though, personally, I've had a few pairs of trunks and board shorts that I've worn for yeeeears. We don't shop as much, maybe, or maybe what we buy lasts longer, there's less wear to shorts than bikinis and the like.
    Jeez, Tonya. We're not recommending it, this isn't a review…rather I'm simply passing along the good news that there are more eco-responsible options out there.

    I don't recommend eating meat, either, and we discuss all these issues on ele, openly, without having to un-friend because we might see differently on diff issues. You're always welcome… See More to contribute your pov: [email protected]. Or, you can just "like" those who you agree with 100% of the time.

    Personally, I would say that if some fashionistas who are going to buy something pricey anyway, unlike you and I, buy something that is better for our planet, fair labor, that's a good thing. Not perfect. But good. I have some cool secondhand shorts I've worn for year, sixties-style, love 'em.

  3. Thanks. You'll see that this isn't our slideshow, these aren't our picks. As a "dude," I didn't even look at the prices–my bad, but I'm not buying any of the above. I simply recommended above that we buy Made in USA, vintage…I have a few vintage pairs and that's all I use.

    But if some rich folk who are going to buy bad for the earth, Made in China, unfair labor fancy suits decide to buy something somewhat better, ethically, I'll be proud to have passed along the above.

  4. Julia says:

    I don't disagree. If you have the money and you like style then why not buy eco-friendly. I just wish there wasn't such a huge divide between being eco-friendly and body aware.

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    Angela Rust Jones ૐ
    hmmm okay – first off – there were several affordable suits – secondly – there were suits with lots of coverage – am I missing something? Maybe I'm going to the wrong places but I have yet to find a suit that fits well is made with decent materials and isn't a "brazilian" cut bikini for under a benji… these look like great options. Thank you for the post.

    Celeste Cruz
    Love the concept and look but the price sucks, too bad being green leaves no green in my pocket. boo

    Lynn Johnson Hasselberger
    Eco Panda isn't 100% perfect in green-ness, but they are less expensive and use recycled nylon from fishing nets. They are working toward incorporating other eco-friendly materials. (disclosure–that's a link to my company)
    Celeste, going vintage which I mention above is how I save dough. Though I guess that's harder with women's swimsuits than with men's?
    Yay, Angela, positivity!

  6. deux fm says:

    The Mystique is not available since last year but deux fm has two new styles for summer 10- a one pc and a bikini both priced just under $80! Come check them out at our new online shop xoxo

  7. Jenn Henry says:

    wouldn't true eco-conscious peeps get their swim suits and clothes at good will or another second-hand store to cut down on consumption and packaging all together? there is already so much STUFF out there. why not use it? namaste!