When I first discovered sustainable swimwear brand Gala Maar a few months ago (and got them listed in our directory as soon as I could!), I fell in love with owner Blakely’s mission instantly: Whether you’re a California native, going on a tropical vacay, or enjoying summer at the lake, most of the time you wear a swimsuit, you’re doing it with an intention: to get out and enjoy nature. Blakely’s California roots have influenced her appreciation for the ocean and nature, so as a fashion designer, she wasn’t about to create a brand that did even more harm to the very thing she was celebrating, the ocean. But creating sustainable swimwear poses a unique set of challenges–there aren’t a lot of low-impact materials out there that give a woman what she wants in a swimsuit.
That’s until she came across discarded fishing nets. They’re made of nylon, so they’re actually ideal for a swimsuit, and they breathe new life into something that accounts for up to 10% of ocean pollution. Read more on Gala Maar’s sustainability page, and dive into our interview with Blakely to learn even more about running a sustainable swimwear business here in the US!