In our house, we welcome hand-me-downs, and try to wear clothing for as long as possible. But sometimes I can’t avoid buying new clothes, so I’m always on the lookout for ethical fashion brands. Ethical swimwear in particular, as it’s hard to get away with wearing the same swimsuit for ten years. We’d already tried out Maru swimwear, and were big fans of their exciting designs and ethical ethos. So when the swimwear brand asked us to review fashion swimsuits from their new range, we were happy to find out more.
Maru sent me the items in this piece. I may earn commission from some of the brands, or receive samples for editorial purposes, but I never allow this to influence my opinions, which are formed from real-world testing. This revenue helps to fund my writing on this website.
Ethical swimwear: Maru Black Pack Collection
Maru recently launched their Black Pack Collection. Their black swimsuits come in four different designs, and they’re all made with polyamide from recycled plastic bottles, fishnets and post-consumer waste like carpets.
I tried out the Black and Mojito Shadow swimsuit. The medium leg height was flattering, and the straps sat firmly on my shoulders, without pinching. Mojito green piping ran around the neck of the swimsuit, and round to the ‘v’ shape at the back.
Small patches of partially see-through mesh on the straps, and at the side of this swimsuit, added a bit of interest. Maru’s Panther swimsuits have more mesh, across the middle. As well as mojito green, the suits come in pink. My swimsuit feels like a solid investment piece, which will withstand barrelling up and down lengths of the local pool. It also looks flattering and elegant.
The fabric on the Black Pack swimsuits gives UPF 50+ protection, and is chlorine resistent. Best of all, though, 100% of profits from the sale of the Black Pack collection goes to the SEA LIFE Trust, which works across the world to help endangered marine wildlife.
Childrens swimwear by Maru
Although Maru’s kids’ swimwear isn’t made with ECONYL® regenerated Nylon yarn yet, like the Black Pack range, it’s the company’s goal to have recycled swimwear across all their ranges by 2020. In the meantime, all their swimsuits are printed digitally. This ecological printing method is designed to reduce water and waste.
We loved the bright colours and eye-catching designs of Maru’s children’s ranges. My daughter’s favourite was the South Beach swimsuit. It’s foil printed, with real sparkles across the front and back.
My daughter loved the pretty design. On her, the suit sat a little lower on the chest than on the model’s. But the straps are strong even though they’re slender. My daughter’s Farfalle Maru swimsuit from last year is the same cut as the South Beach, and the straps are still going strong. The South Beach swimsuit is front lined, so it doesn’t become see-through when wet.
Several designs caught my son’s eye. He was drawn by the funky Gothic Jammers, which featured a skull, the Street Art Jammer, but finally settled on the Odyssey Jammers.
My son does a lot of swimming at school, so these streamlined, ‘second skin’ Jammers are much better than boxers, which tend to flap around his legs and slow him down. And they’re not as revealing as swim briefs. A waist drawstring stops the jammers from sliding down, and silicone leg grippers prevent any riding up.
My son loved the water-based design of the Odyssey Jammers. Both they and my daughter’s South Beach swimsuit are clorine resistent, and give UV protection of 50+. Now all we need is a little more sunshine, to put them to the test!
What are your favourite ethical clothing brands?