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Must-have swimwear & accessories


We know that alive readers lead active lives. Make a statement this season with chic, eco accessories and swimsuits from our summer shopping guide.

We know that alive readers lead active lives. Our selection of swimwear perfectly suits an energetic lifestyle. Environmentally friendly accessories have gone from hard-to-find to one of this year’s biggest fashion trends. From used skateboards to last week’s newspaper, recycled accessories are infiltrating the fashion world. Make a statement with chic, eco accessories as you commit to a green lifestyle.

Model Varsha Richards of Richard’s International Model Management embodies the alive philosophy of health and wellness. Inspired by her husband’s vegan diet, Richards prepares vegan meals for her family. She credits the births of her sons, now four and eight, with inspiring her to look at the earth differently and to make positive lifestyle changes. Richards and her husband work out in their home gym doing yoga, pilates, and kickboxing. In summertime, the family enjoys outdoor activities, especially biking.

Recycled vintage brass and copper necklace and Zebrawood cuff made from the highest quality eco-sustainable exotic wood veneer, both available at

Sun hat, stylist’s own.

Black one-piece swimsuit by Sea Queen, available at Hudson’s Bay Company and Bikini Village across Canada. Also available at Swimco, Swimwear Etc., Wishes Co., and Just Cruisin’ in Vancouver.

Sea Queen swimsuits contain a built-in bra, the SwimTech ContourLift Bra, and are designed to fit and flatter women ages 35 and up.

Swimsuit by Aqua Di Lara, available at Sandpipers Sports & Funwear, Melmira in Toronto, and

Fair Trade pink Diamond Tie Dye sarong by Nomads, available at

  1. Zebrano hoop earrings, showcasing the natural beauty of wood, available at
  2. Green necklace made from recycled plastic and glass beads, a vintage sterling chain, and a 1930s pot metal and rhinestone pendant. Bone camel necklace made from vintage gold foil glass beads. Both necklaces are one of a kind by Reverie, available at
  3. Cork cuff by The cuff is 100 percent recycled and recyclable, flexible, water repellent, and designed to fit men and women.
  4. Natural wood and amber earrings by Loewestamm, available at
  5. Swimsuit by Christina, available at Also available are three styles of post-mastectomy swimsuits.
  6. Recycled cigar box, skateboard clutch, candy wrapper bag, and skateboard bag. All by

Floral swimsuit by Shan, available at

Hosthojal lime green necklace by Palma Collection, available at This vegan-friendly necklace has a unique leaf vein etching and features an adjustable strap which is made from cotton.

Swimsuit by Aqua Di Lara, available at Sandpipers Sports & Funwear, Melmira in Toronto, and

Gold leaf necklace by Nugaard Designs, available at Celebrating nature in its design, this necklace is made with real leaves from Brazilian trees, dehydrated and dipped in precious metal–18K gold. Nugaard Designs plants a tree for every necklace sold.

Recycled newspaper tote by Raw Bags, available at

Ink swimsuit by Shan, available at

Sunglasses by iWood ecodesign, available at All iWood ecodesign wooden sunglasses are designed using high-quality, eco-sustainable, exotic wood veneer, and can be fitted with prescription lenses.

Rebagz multi-colour tote made from recycled juice boxes by Half The Sky Designs, available at, and at Boutique Coyaba, Pointe Claire, Quebec.

Wood bracelets handcrafted from natural wood by Loewestamm, available at



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