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This Startup Sells Swimsuits Made From Recycled Fabric

By Kristin Hunt

Summersalt has only been in business for a year, but it’s already making a name for itself in the sustainability space. The company promises affordable designer swimsuits made from recycled materials — and it just secured $6 million in funding to expand operations.

Summersalt is based in St. Louis, but it sells swimsuits directly to customers through its online website and partnerships with Madewell and J. Crew. The collection of swimwear ranges in price from $45-$50 for individual bikini tops and bottoms to $95 for a one-piece. But no matter the cut or cost, all items are made from recycled textiles and packaged in reusable bags.

According to TechCrunch, the company sources these textiles from factories in the United States and Asia. The fabric is supposedly five times stronger than your average swimsuit material, and contributes less manufacturing waste. Speaking to Forbes last year, co-founder and digital officer Reshma Chamberlin summed up their approach to sustainability.