When it comes to eco-fashion, I have a lot to learn. I have a hard enough time finding everyday wear that is sustainably made. I had never even considered the idea of an eco-friendly swimsuit â€” until I found Eco-Panda. It would be just my luck that I discovered them right at the end of the summer, but its still hot enough here in Georgia to warrant some trips to the pool.
Their suits are made of recycled nylon made from fish nets, and it is combined with Creora Chlorine resistant spandex. This addition is supposed to make the suitsÂ last up to ten times longer than your average spandex swimwear. And if you’re wondering what all those green credentials look like in real life, let me tell you, these suits are cute!
They feature bold prints in gorgeous colors, and you can get them in a variety of styles, including bikinis, tankinis and one-piece suits. Because the bikini tops and bottomsÂ are sold separately, you can mix and match and really have fun finding a suit that works for your body type. As a full-figured woman with an ample bust, I was a little worried that the photos of the gorgeous models on the Eco-Panda site didn’t reflect what the suits would look like on a “real” woman.
Eco-Panda kindly sent me a tankini suit in an XL to review. I wasn’t disappointed at all by the color and styling. The boy short bottoms fit perfectly with no riding up, which is a welcome surprise given that I typically avoid boy shorts because of this unfortunate side effect. The top, however, was a different story. As I mentioned, I have an ample bust, and lets just say I got very little coverage and almost no support from the tankini top. To be fair though, I am probably much larger than many women, and I have problems fitting into almost any swimsuit top â€” not just Eco-Panda’s. Needless to say, I couldn’t take a photo 🙂
While I’ll have to pass this suit onto a smaller-chested friend or family member, I still love what Eco-Panda is doing. And if they ever make suits that will actually cover my Ds, I’d definitely buy one. Until then though, I recommend these suits to women who are more in the “average” B or C range of bra sizes.
Why It’s Green:
- Made of recycled nylon
Want to Win?
Eco-Panda has generously offered to give away a bikini of the winner’s choice to one lucky reader of Green & Gorgeous. So how to you enter? Just follow both me and Eco-Panda on Twitter and tweet the following message: ” Want to be green on the sand? Win an eco-friendly recycled nylon bikini from @ecopandaonline & @greenyourdecor :Â http://bit.ly/13RXsb ”
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