Everywhere you look in the shops you will find synthetic swimwear made from Lycra, Spandex, Polyester, Nylon or blended synthetic fibers. It has become the norm to accept swimwear made from these plastic fibres, but swimwear wasn't always made from synthetics.
Did you know swimsuits used to be made from wool? Dating back to the 18th century swimwear was vastly made from natural fibres such as wool and cotton. However during WWII these resources became scarce and so designers looked for ways to use less of these natural fibres. It was during this time that synthetic fabrics were invented and introduced to the world - replacing a lot of demand for natural fibre fabrics.
Swimwear was made with these plastic fabrics due to their water-resistance. We are now we are seeing the harm of micro-plastics from synthetic fabric as they enter our waterways... it's time to go back to our history and wear natural swimwear!
Our Merino basics are great for swimwear! You can wear these pieces in the pool and beach and are 100% Australian Merino!
Jane Milburn of Textile Beat took our Singlet and Hi-cut Briefs for a test drive in the pool and they passed with flying colours! "They worked a treat. Not see-through, didn't sag when wet, warm and non-clingy on exit. Rinsed after swim and hung to dry until next swim. So far so good" - Jane Milburn.
It's important to care for Merino clothing especially if you wear it in chlorine. Rinse straight away so remove chlorine and hang to dry until you can wash them in wool-safe detergent. Don't leave them to soak.
Benefits of Merino Swimwear
- Sun safe - UPF 50+
- Quick drying
- Naturally elastic
- NO SYNTHETICS
Our Swimwear Picks
Women's Singlet and Boyleg Briefs - as a swimsuit 2 piece
Men and Women's Panel T-shirt - as a UPF50+ Rashy top
Classic Men's Brief - as men's essential swimmers
Women's Hipster Briefs paired with X-back sports top - as a swim set
Men's Bike Pants or Men's Fitted Boxers - as swim pants
These are just a few of our top picks for swimwear. All our underwear pieces for men, women and kids are great for swimming in!