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Dos Gardenias' eco-friendly swimwear turns the tide on fast fashion
Yet we get a sinking feeling when we dip into our would-be summer wardrobes. We want to look good when we rock up on the sand, but it's hard - nay, impossible - to ignore the fashion industry's devastating effects on the planet.
Enter Dos Gardenias, the eco-conscious swimwear brand that proves style doesn't have to cost the Earth. Nailing the holy trinity of quality, fit and sustainability, its pieces breeze the transition from sunlounger to surfboard, ramping up the aquamarine-green sex appeal along the way. Now, to celebrate World Oceans Day, it's inviting you to join the swimwear evolution with the chance to win a £250 voucher.
Inspired by their global travels, model Brighdie Grounds and designer Dorothy Day rocked the boat when they founded Dos Gardenias in 2017. Its monochromatic palettes, bold lines, sleek silhouettes and a utilitarian fit make for a kind of glamour that's at once easy and edgy.
This is swimwear designed by women, for women. Expect shelf bras, innovative hardware and pieces sold as separates so everyone can purchase the silhouette that best suits their body type. The result? Dos Gardenias garms look as good paired with a blazer and jeans as they do sea and sand.
Nevertheless, this made-in-LA label has an ethos that's as much about doing good as it is looking good. It's Grace Eyelets U-neck one-piece is crafted from ECONYL, a regenerated nylon made from old fishing nets and industrial fabric waste. It's soft, breathable and offers UV protection.
We like to pair the Bandit Hooks top with the Stargazer lace-up bottoms. Both are made with neoprene manufactured from limestone in the mountains of Japan- it's lighter, warmer, longer-lasting and requires less energy to produce than its crude-oil counterpart.
In fact, Dos Gardenias has thought of very detail when it comes to keeping its women and the world happy: eyelets are rubberised so as not to burn your skin; all packaging and tags are made from recycled materials. What's more, it collabs with planet-loving charities including Waves for Water, Charity Water, Glam4Good and Earth Day Network.
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It was vital to Dorothy Day and Brighdie Ground, co-designers and founders of Dos Gardenias, to produce swimwear that would reflect their lifestyles as well as their values regarding a zero waste world. As a result, Dos Gardenias has constantly evolved in their pursuit of an ever decreasing carbon footprint for the brand. Dos Gardenias swimwear is made from industrialized plastics, carpets, and fishing nets from the ocean. This recycled nylon yarn can be reused over and over again.
Dos Gardenias is not just a swimwear brand. By combining their resources with aligned charitable incentives, Dos Gardenias is blazing a path for progress with organizations such as Waves For Water, Charity Water, Love The Sea Plastic Free, Glam4Good and Earth Day Network.