When properly cared for, Born From A Wave swimwear will last for years. Follow these gentle, low-impact approaches to keep your suits looking brand new! Unfortunately, when you wash anything made from synthetics (even if it's recycled like all of our suits are), it sheds microfibers that can be pollutants if they wind up in the ocean. Here are some environmentally-conscious tips on how to care for your swimwear and the planet.
Not Your Average Cycle
Rinse in cold water to shed fewer microfibers. We love hand washing with Bikinis Over Everything an eco-friendly bikini cleanser or any other eco-friendly wash.
Always use an all-natural biodegradable soap. It's much better for your bikini and the environment than chemical-packed detergents. And make sure to stay away from bleach!
Slip your suit into a Guppyfriend bag, designed to keep any loose microfibers from entering the water in your washing machine. It keeps our ocean water clean and will help your suit receive more delicate care.
Make sure to cold rinse your swimsuit after each wear, even if you didn't go into the water.
After washing, skip the dryer (and the greenhouse gas emissions) and hang dry your bikinis. Avoid direct sunlight and lay your suits flat in a cool, dry place for a drying method that requires zero energy.
Rotate Your Suits
Everyone has a favorite bikini, but the key to making it last longer is to wait until it's completely dry to wear it again. If you're planning to spend a few days in a row dressed in a bikini (lucky!), plan on bringing a couple different suits to wear.
Don’t forget when your BFAW suit has eventually reached the end of its life (sad!) you can send it back to us to recycle and we’ll give you a credit towards your next suit!