Are you ready to dive into a fabulous season filled with sun, sand, and stylish swimsuits? This summer, take your swim style to the next level by making the switch to sustainable swimwear! Here at Lime Ricki, we’ve always selected our swimsuit materials with careful consideration, but some of our latest designs feature responsibly made fabric for more sustainable swimwear options.

A Commitment to Sustainability

When it comes to swimwear, we often prioritize finding pieces that are trendy and flattering instead of worrying about how sustainable the materials are. What if we told you that you could have all of those amazing features while also making a positive impact on the environment? That's where Lime Ricki comes in! We’re taking sustainability seriously by focusing on four areas: our commitment to using eco-friendly fabrics, facilitating an ethical manufacturing process, only working with small-batch production, and using digital printing. Let’s take a closer look at each sustainable practice:

  1. Eco-Friendly Fabrics
    So, what makes our swimwear fabric so special? Well, for starters, many of our swimsuits are crafted from recycled materials. We work with a company called Estilmar, which takes post-consumer waste and transforms them into a high-quality, durable fabric. This eco-friendly material is called Ecowave, a fabric made with recycled ecological yarns from plastic bottles which is perfect for swimwear. By repurposing these materials, we’re doing our part in reducing the amount of plastic waste that ends up in landfills or our oceans!

  2. Ethical Manufacturing
    Another aspect of our sustainable swimwear that we’re incredibly proud of is our commitment to ethical manufacturing practices. Our swimsuits are sewn in responsible factories here in the United States and in Mexico City. We visit the factories each year (often multiple times a year) to ensure our suits are sewn with the quality and care that we expect. We also prioritize working with factories that provide fair wages and safe working conditions for their employees. This ensures that every Lime Ricki swimsuit you own is sustainably and ethically made.

  3. Small-Batch Production
    All of our swimwear is produced in small batches to reduce our environmental impact. To moderate excess yardage, we avoid ordering over-stock fabric in the first place. If we do have leftover pieces, we always look for creative ways to use remnants, such as making our adorable hair scrunchies or using them for prototypes in the design process. It's important to us to be as responsible as we can throughout the manufacturing process, and this is just one additional step!

  4. Digital Printing
    Here at Lime Ricki, all of our fabric prints are digital! Unlike wet printing, digital printing eliminates the need for extensive water usage, reduces waste generation, and consumes less energy. Additionally, it offers precise ink control, minimizing waste and allowing for customization and on-demand production, which reduces overproduction and inventory waste. Overall, digital printing contributes to a more environmentally friendly fashion industry by conserving resources, reducing pollution, and offering flexibility in design and production.

Save The Planet with a Stylish Lime Ricki Suit

If you're on the lookout for stylish swimwear that's both fashion-forward and environmentally friendly, check out Lime Ricki! We’ve been working hard to prioritize our commitment to sustainability through the use of eco-friendly fabrics, our ethical manufacturing process, small-batch production practices, and the use of digital printing. So when you shop for new sustainable swimwear with Lime Ricki, you can feel comfortable and confident about what you're wearing, knowing you’re helping us make a positive impact on the planet – one swimsuit at a time!

For more information on how our swimwear is made, check out our guide to Lime Ricki swimsuit materials.

June 27, 2023 — Lauren Nielsen

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