Our suits are sustainably handmade in small batches in California, USA using eco-friendly and silky fabrics that fit your body perfectly, every time. The styles are inspired by the mountains and the desert but are born to travel. We think the Strangest thing of all is being an American-based, completely transparent company and we pride ourselves on being completely open with you with every aspect of how our suits are made.
Your Strange bikini started off as a piece of fabric in Brazil where the fabric is carefully created using a process that uses significantly less water and energy than typical manufacturing processes. After the fabric is made, any water used in the process is carefully treated to remove any oil or dye. The unused leftover pieces of fabric are then sent to non-profits, schools, and cities around Brazil.
The finished, buttery soft fabric is then sent to the Bay Area in California where each style of is carefully cut out. Some of the fabric is sent to Reno where Ali hand sews any custom items that are ordered. After the styles are cut out, some of the fabric goes to Los Angeles to be transformed into the straps of the suits and the rest of the fabric gets sent to a factory in San Francisco. There, our bikinis are hand sewn by a small group of women who have been specially trained to sew this sort of fabric!
The completed suits are then examined at our warehouse in Reno to make sure they’re in perfect condition before they’re shipped to Strangers like you.
Why We're Green
As an industry innovator, Strange Bikinis manufactures swimwear made from biodegradable, organic fabric as well as fabric made of unused plastic bits from water bottles and fishing nets using an eco-friendly process.
Check out how our recycled suits’ fabric is made! This limited edition fabric is available only in our 2021 Resort Collection. The only time we like a plastic water bottle is when it’s been recycled into a bikini!
You might be wondering what makes Strange Bikinis’ fabric different when so many competitors are unable to provide a biodegradable option. Simply put, we are using the most advanced technologies, materials, and methods available on the market.
We have partnered with Amni Soul Eco, the only producer of biodegradable polyamide yard, to source the material used in our swimsuits. Unlike synthetic plastic-based fabrics that never decompose, this material will decompose entirely within three years – leaving no trace of its existence on the planet after the wearer no longer needs it.
During the production of this year, water is reused whenever possible, and greenhouse gases are reduced to further preserve the ozone layer and the environment. And while you may think that in achieving these aims, the quality of the material may suffer, but that is not the case. There is no degradation of changes to the material during its lifetime, even when stored. And its shelf life is comparable to conventional polyamides.
This durability is due to the fabric’s non-oxo-biodegradable nature. It doesn’t deteriorate due to use or exposure to oxygen. In fact, in order for it to break down, a set of environmental conditions must exist, such as high humidity, a lack of oxygen, and a high concentration of anaerobic bacteria – like what can be expected in a landfill. Once there, the material biodegradable swimsuits will break down, similar to wood, cotton, or paper. As you can see, there is a better way forward, and Strange Bikinis is leading the charge toward a sustainable, eco-friendly future for swimwear.
This process begins in Brazil, where the raw biodegradable fabric is produced. This biodegradable fabric is also known for being soft, comfortable, durable, and breathability. It also washes easily, provides outstanding moisture absorption, is fast drying and fully-recyclable.
Our suits are also made using an eco-friendly process that consumes less water and energy than standard manufacturing while using organic and biodegradable materials for the fabric.
We don’t often consider the importance of sustainable swimwear.
Sustainability and the preservation of our environment are some of the top challenges faced by our generation. More people than ever before are waking up to the fact that a ‘throwaway culture’ will make life on Earth inhabitable – and soon. Even corporations are catching onto the fact that even if sustainability is costlier in the long-run, at least it preserves their ability to continue doing business for generations to come.
But this realization is hitting people and businesses at different rates; while some have dramatically altered their practices to support sustainable living, others have made far fewer changes. However, even companies that haven’t changed their production and manufacturing practices can’t deny that supporting sustainability is important- yet, very trendy.
People want to feel like they are making a difference, and in most instances, they are even willing to pay more for the same product if they feel like it is better for the environment. While this works exceptionally well with honest companies that are genuinely committed to sustainable living goals, others are simply taking advantage of the trend for profit.
They are able to do this by ‘greenwashing’ their marketing materials. The term comes from the idea that painting ‘happy little trees’ on your material will make it look greener, more eco-friendly, and sustainable. And this strategy works well (kind of) for consumers who don’t dig a little deeper.
But if you are truly committed to the idea of sustainable living, it’s worth taking just a couple of minutes to determine whether a company is truly practicing what they preach. If not, take the power of your dollar elsewhere and support another brand that is more transparent and committed to its sustainable business practices.