Shapes in the Sand – Waterangel – one piece swimwear c/o
The first day of October in Lisbon and the temperature rose up to 30°C! I had never gone through such a warm beginning of autumn. So, in order to escape the suffocating heat in the city, we grabbed our bathing suits and headed to Costa de Caparica, only 18km away from our new home. The water was freezing, so we didn’t actually go swimming, we simply enjoyed the calm of the beautiful horizon on the beach as well as the amazing show put up by Mother Nature. I was amazed by the beauty. While wearing my sustainable swimwear made of regenerated materials, I contemplated the sky’s spectacle, fading from bright blue to pastel pink and then from strong hot orange to purple as the sun hid away beneath the ocean. I felt excited by the flight of the hundreds of seagulls and felt relaxed by the crashing sound of the powerful waves against the rocks. Being close to nature reminds me of how much we need to take care of it, and we can do this by improving our shopping habits.
Today, I want to talk to you about the Australian sustainable swimwear brand, Shapes in the Sand and present to you their collection The Girl and the Sea, a poetic capsule collection engaging in the protection of the oceans and the cleaning of our beaches.
Collection – The Girl and the Sea
I’m wearing the one piece swimwear Waterangel
It’s also available as a bikini: lace-up crop and reversible pant or bralette and tanga pant!
And for the minimalists, who prefer black and white, you will love the one piece Ghost Reef and its bikini versions: lace-up crop and reversible pant or bralette and tanga pant.
A Sustainable Swimwear line as a tribute to the Great Barrier Reef
The capsule collection The Girl and the Sea 2017 is an homage to the Great Barrier Reef which is dying little by little every day. Alexandra, the creator of the collection, illustrates the matter through two evoking prints on her designs: a monochromatic pattern mirroring a lifeless reef, and a pattern of fish scale portraying a lively rainbow fish. One of the patterns represents a reality, the other one expresses hope. I naturally went for the scale fish patterned Waterangel one piece of pastel hues, which is a signature of the brand.
Eco-friendly fabrics and prints
Shapes in the Sand works with Italian fabrics that use ECONYL®. These fabrics come from regenerated materials like nylon which comes from “ghost” fishing nets collected from the oceans or other landfill waste. This way, the brand takes action in reducing waste and creating a circular economy (reuse what already exists instead of creating new materials). Regarding the patterns, they are printed in Australia with no need for water nor chemicals.
Each purchase is a donation.
Shapes in the Sand has partnered with The Tangaroa Blue Project to which fifteen dollars are donated for each swimsuit purchased, and given to the Australian Marine Debris Initiative. The collected funds will help finance the cleaning of beaches along the Great Reef Barrier. Find out more about it here.
Durability: Quality and comfort
I slipped one leg through the swimsuit and immediately sensed its softness and quality of fabrics as well as the comfort. This one piece felt like a second skin. Its double material guarantees its resistance and durability. It feels uplifting while relaxed, as it has great shape retention that could even be emphasized by tightening its lace-up at the back to fit different body types. I really look forward to swimming in the ocean in this one piece during the years ahead.
You could dress-up this one piece with black linen trousers. You would create a pretty chic pre or post-beach outfit to go grab an ice cream in town, get a coffee or go for lunch in a restaurant by the beach.
And if you made it all the way down here, you will most likely enjoy my interview with Shapes in the Sand as Nature Girl featuring another sustainable swimwear from their Spring/Summer Spirit of the Bush line. Find it here.
In collaboration with Shapes in the Sand. Ideas and thoughts on this article are my own.