Green Your Pool -- Swimwear
By this time of year, last summer's swimsuit may be showing signs of wear. Try these tips for ensuring a long-lasting suit, putting a ratty one to good use, and finding greener designs when it's time to start fresh.
Make it last: Soak your swimsuit in plain water before jumping in a pool to minimize the amount of chlorine it absorbs. Rinse again when you're done splashing and then hang it to dry. REI advises against wrapping suits in a towel for the trip home (it can trap chlorine in the fabric), and recommends hanging them upside down, out of the sun.
Get creative: If you have two worn-out swimsuits, you can layer them. For serious swimmers, training with the extra drag can make you feel extra fast when you compete in a newer suit. Depending on the material, other ways to reuse an old suit might include making pouches for soap (to keep bars from slipping out of kids' hands).
Buy green: Swimsuits are usually made with synthetic (read: derived from fossil fuels) fabrics because they dry quickly. Recycled materials offer fast-drying, planet-friendlier alternatives. Try Aaron Chang swimsuits made from recycled soda bottles and Patagonia rashguards made with recycled polyester.
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