ETHICAL SWIM TRUNKS FOR MEN / THE OCEAN’S HISTORIC HEALING POWERS
Calling swimsuit season, are we dialing yet?
I like most have been longing for a therapeutic swim. The beach is one of the only places that I find where I can actually meditate and it’s easiest to cancel out any noise with the music of the ocean playing in my ears as the waves crash against them. In The Atlantic, there was an article published about the historic healing power of the beach and how physicians used to prescribe sun and sea beginning in the late 16th century. They believed that the brisk shock of cold water stimulates the entire body providing circulation to tumors and a form of rehabilitation to the pressures of urban life. There must be some great truth to this, as the ocean is said to decrease symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Today the term we commonly use is hydrotherapy.
Not only does the ocean have healing properties for your mental well-being but it also can heal skin conditions and wounds. Tree Tribe says that ocean water is significantly higher in minerals including sodium, chloride, sulfate, magnesium, and calcium. Due to the ocean practically being your natural medicine cabinet it can treat skin conditions such as paralysis. Not to mention seawater also strengthens the immune system. Did you know that your red blood cells increase between 5 to 20% after a swim or a bath in the sea? And guess what the number of white blood cells increases even more.
Though all at the same time, this can sound exciting, when it comes to picking out swimwear especially in the world we live in with pollution and plastic banks filling up, it’s important to make sure we’re taking the necessary steps for a safe swim.
One of the top points that we should have handy is swimsuit cleaner. Of course, you’re probably thinking that an ol’ cycle in the laundry should do the trick, but remember this isn’t your typical load. Bacteria levels are always an issue with any lake or ocean, and because there are millions of people just like you enjoying the rays and as we are intruding our marine life’s home, you can never be too safe when it comes to ensuring your beachwear is good to go for the next visit. There are many swimsuit cleaners out there on the market but you can also do this at home as well. All you need is to fill your sink with cold water and add a quarter cup of white vinegar. It’d be best to let it soak for around 30 minutes. If you are going to be using your swimsuit the same day, or evening try to avoid using the dryer if you’re prone to friction sensitivity. This is not due to the vinegar, just a side tip.
Let’s talk about SPF, and I don’t just mean sunscreen either! Much to my surprise, there are tons of options for sun protective clothing and UV protection swimwear. At the same time of becoming one with nature, you are still protecting sensitive areas, so even though you have layered on the sun blocker, it’s always a good idea to go the distance. A few brands that we recommend is Cabana Life that sort of has that Hawaiian, tropical beach babe vibe with a great range for all ages. Also, UV Skinz who has an unfortunate story about losing her 32-year-old husband to melanoma, one of the deadliest form of skin cancer. Their mission is to give a piece of mind while making products affordable and have a variety of accessories. The human brain always seems to believe that “something” can’t happen to us until it does, but it’s so easy to prevent with the great technology we have.
On the flip side, that should scare you either for taking a quick glance at a few ethical swim shorts we have found while browsing. It doesn’t hurt to show off every once in a while.
From ocean trash to luxury ethical swimwear, these swim trunks are all made from recycled plastic bottles collected from our oceans.
United By Blue
For every product sold, United by Blue removes one pound of trash from our world’s oceans and waterways.
REPREVE x The Tropics
REPREVE transforms recycled bottles into an amazing fiber, used by the world’s leading brands to make athletic and fashion apparel and more. The process embeds properties like wicking, adaptive warming and cooling, water repellency, and more at the fiber level. For reliable, durable quality.
Our oceans are littered with plastics. In an effort to do their part, every pair of shorts are crafted from Eco-Friendly 100% recycled and recyclable fabric as well as being digitally printed in the UK using earth-friendly inks.
The fabric is made from recycled post-consumer plastics, most of which are found in the ocean. This plastic is broken down into fibers to create a yarn which produces a soft and quick drying fabric for maximum comfort.