We had the good fortune of connecting with Layli Toth and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Layli, how does your business help the community?
I created Remnant Bikinis to make sustainable, yet trendy and stylish swimwear more widely available on the swimwear market. We are a small and young brand, but we aim to make sustainability and ethical practices in Fashion more mainstream.

How are we sustainable?

Conventional swimwear fabrics are made out of synthetic fibers (primarily nylon) that take hundreds of years to break down.

Instead of creating more synthetic fiber, we upcycle already existing nylon that comes from rescued ghost fishing nets, ocean-bound plastic, and textile remnants.

Rescued nylon goes through a complex regeneration process and is turned into high-quality, soft, sustainable fabrics, out of which our sustainable bikinis are made.

By recycling already existing nylon, we not only avoid creating more nylon and further filling our landfills, but we are also able to clean up the oceans and save natural resources that are required for the production of virgin nylon, like water and oil.

I aim to create only good in the world, so we are aggressively committed to practicing human kindness and bringing as little environmental impact as possible in our manufacturing process from A to Z.

Our seamstresses receive double the minimum wage, free health insurance for themselves and their families, and free meals at work. All of our packaging is plastic-free and is certified home-compostable biodegradable.

My goal with Remnant Bikinis is to not only create a sustainable product but to also, help women feel confident in a bikini. In a swimsuit the fit is everything. I carefully design each style to create that perfect fit, so that we can help women feel good in a bikini and live with a little more kindness toward their bodies.

What should our readers know about your business?
One of the things that I am proud of most, is the courage to start Remnant Bikinis, and the relentless conviction it takes to continue building it, while staying true to my values. Building an all-around ethical and environmentally-friendly business is a wild task, and opportunities to quit or do it cheaper, faster, easier along the way are countless.

I started Remnant Bikinis because I felt overwhelmingly unfulfilled in my day job and wanted to spend best hours of my day working on things that I love. For me, it is to build things that impact the world in a positive way through design and innovation. Specifically, inspiring every woman to find freedom in their body, and to take better care of our oceans.

I wanted to create a product that has a positive environmental impact, but that is also fun. I often feel that the conversation in the environmental space is full of negativity and guilt. The scale of our environmental crisis is already overwhelming and paralyzing that starting from guilt and shame is the least helpful

So I wanted to change the energy and start with love, kindness and a little bit of fun. Our biggest answers always lie within ourselves, and our ability to create a positive impact on the world always starts with loving ourselves first.

Designing sustainable bikinis that make women feel good in their skin is so incredibly fun! I hope to inspire every woman to find freedom in their own body because it has such a huge ripple affect into everything and everyone our lives touch.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Living in LA makes it very difficult to choose – there are endless amounts of incredible restaurants and fun things to do. Malibu beaches are some of my favorites on the weekend. Can’t beat brunch at Geoffrey’s with oysters and Rose and a gorgeous ocean view. Wine tasting and a picnic in Malibu. Callabra and Elephante rooftops in Santa Monica for sunset. Tar & Roses or Manchego in Santa Monica for dinner or Ysabel in West Hollywood. Tacolicious in Manhattan Beach has as close to the hole-in-the-wall tacos as you could get, but I usually opt-out for a taco truck. Taking a drive up the coast or a weekend trip to Yosemite is always the best for disconnecting and recharging. If it’s winter season, a two-day trip to Mammoth is a must. If you are into rock-climbing, Joshua Tree is really fun. I could go on forever, so I should probably stop. Haha.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The one person that has impacted me the most in my business is Austin Brawner. His Ecommerce Influence podcast and The Coalition mentorship group have taught me everything I know about starting and growing a business. The quality of information and valuable content he and his team put out is absolutely incredible, especially compared to all the noise out there on Youtube and blogs. The quality of the community that he has created is everything any young or seasoned business owner could wish for.

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