Discover Patagonia’s Fair Trade & Recycled Swimwear

Text by: Kelsey Begg

Patagonia, Surfing, Swimwear. Discover Patagonia’s Fair Trade & Recycled Swimwear

Patagonia is well-known in the outdoor industry for their environmental initiatives and for the ways that they have adapted their brand in order to decrease their environmental impact. Their products are designed for those who appreciate the nature surrounding their favourite hobbies and sports and are aware of the impact that their actions may have on the environment. Something as simple as knowing where the fabrics and materials for the products you are wearing come from can have a large impact and Patagonia’s fair trade and recycled swimwear is a great initiative.

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womens swimwear
*Left Photo By Jody MacDonald | Right Photo By Vincent Colliard

Patagonia 2017 Surf Collection

Patagonia’s surf collection includes board shorts, swim shirts, bikinis and one-pieces for the ladies. Each piece in the collection is sewn in a Fair Trade USA Certified facility so you can rest easy that your swimwear purchase is improving the day-to-day lives of an entire community. 

For Her

Nanogrip Nireta Top

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Reversible Seaglass Bay Top

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Sunamee Bikini Bottoms

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Reversible Kupala Swimsuit

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For Him

Patch Pocket Wavefarer Boardshorts

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Stretch Wavefarer Board Shorts

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Baggies Longs

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swimwear underwater
*Left Photo By Domenic Mosqueira | Right Photo By Todd Glaser

What is Fair Trade Certified?

In an ode to the upcoming swim season, Patagonia has come out with their surf collection for men and women that is both Fair Trade Certified and made from recycled materials. Each product in the collection is made from recycled materials whether it be nylon or polyester and is produced in one of their Fair Trade factories in Sri Lanka. 

patagonia surf collection
*Left Photo and Right Photo By Jody MacDonald

For those who are unaware of what Fair Trade Certified entails, it is an assurance that some of the money spent on the product whether it be a jacket, swimsuit or pair of pants, goes directly back into the community of the producers. This means for every Fair Trade Certified product sold from Patagonia, the company pays a premium which goes into an account which the factory workers control. Each account is run by a democratically elected Fair Trade worker committee who will decide how the funds are used whether it be for private health care, cash bonuses or child care centers.

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*Cover Photo By Tommy Schultz

There is 2 thoughts on this article titled “Discover Patagonia’s Fair Trade & Recycled Swimwear”.

  1. I bought patagonia men’s swimsuit from Nordstrom and it is made of recycled materials.

    However I am concerned if any issues to human skin while wearing it?

    Any other limits or warnings to such recycled materials.

    1. Hello Tom, Patagonia has done extensive testing to ensure the recycled fibres they are using to produce apparel are adequate and meet manufacturability and product quality.

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