When it comes to sustainable swimwear, recycled swim shorts are a great choice. Not only do they reduce plastic waste, but they also come in a range of stylish designs. But with so many options on the market, how do you know which ones to choose? Here are some tips for choosing the best recycled swim shorts.


The first thing to consider when choosing recycled swim shorts is the material. Look for shorts made from high-quality recycled materials, such as Econyl or Seaqual. These materials are made from recycled plastic waste and are both durable and comfortable to wear.

Seaqual, which we use at Reef Knots, is a popular material for recycled swimwear. It is made from recycled plastic waste collected from the ocean, so has a higher degree of provenance than other fabrics. Seaqual is also known for its soft texture and quick-drying properties.

Econyl is a popular material for recycled swimwear. It is made from recycled fishing nets, fabric scraps, and other nylon waste. Econyl has a similar texture and durability to regular nylon but with the added benefit of reducing plastic waste.

Note, that many brands will use recycled material that is not collected from the ocean, and some will used fabric that is not recycled at all. 


The next thing to consider is the fit of the swim shorts. Look for shorts that are comfortable and allow for ease of movement. Recycled swim shorts come in a range of styles, from form-fitting to loose and baggy. Choose a style that fits your body type and feels comfortable.

Length is another factor to consider. Swim shorts come in various lengths, from mid-thigh to above the knee. Choose a length that feels comfortable and suits your style.


Recycled swim shorts come in a range of stylish designs, from bold patterns to subtle solids. Consider your personal style and choose a design that reflects it. If you're feeling bold, go for a bright and colorful pattern. If you prefer a more understated look, opt for a solid color or a subtle pattern.


When choosing recycled swim shorts, it's important to consider the brand. Look for a brand that is committed to sustainability and ethical manufacturing practices. Some brands even donate a portion of their sales to ocean conservation efforts. At Reef Knots, we fund the release of a baby lobster into the ocean for every pair sold, as well as supporting the work of the Blue Marine Foundation.


Recycled swim shorts can vary in price, from budget-friendly to high-end. Consider your budget and choose a pair of shorts that fits within it. Remember that investing in a high-quality pair of swim shorts will save you money in the long run, as they will last longer than a cheaper pair.


In conclusion, when choosing the best recycled swim shorts, consider the material, fit, design, brand and price. By following these tips, you can find a pair of swim shorts that are both stylish and sustainable. Hopefully you'll be diving into the ocean in a pair of swim shorts that helped to clean it!

Patrick Dudley-Williams