15 Sustainable Swimwear Brands
Shopping for the right swimsuit can be tricky enough but once you add in 'must be eco-conscious', the search can seem even more daunting. Thankfully, there are tons of swimwear brands on the market creating beautiful, high-quality swimwear that are also sustainable. With summer around the corner, here is a curated list of my favorite eco-friendly swimwear that will make quite the splash this summer (...I'm sorry, I couldn't resist).
Vitamin A Swim
Designed and produced in California since the brand's inception in 2000, Vitamin A swimwear is thoughtfully constructed with femininity and sustainability in mind. Each piece is created from their signature Eco-Luxe fabric, an eco-conscious luxe fabric made from recycled nylon with the style of the suits being very reminiscent of the laid-back West Coast and 70's beach glamour.
The cool-girls of sustainability, Reformation, have done it again with their second swimwear launch. The pieces are made from a lightweight stretchy swimsuit fabric constructed from 78% recycled polyamide and 22% elastane and have that highly-coveted vintage aesthetic. Additionally, the company tracks their environmental footprint, showing how much carbon dioxide is released with each swimsuit, as well as the water and waste savings compared to the industry standard.
Australian company Vege Threads, creates super simple, environmentally sustainable pieces and their swimwear line is no exception. Crafted from recycled nylon and post consumer waste such as fishing nets, the swimwear is thoughtfully designed for ease and comfort with a casual retro-feminity that we can get behind.
This New Zealand-based swimwear is made with love in Brazil from Econyl, a 100% regenerated nylon recovered from fishing nets or other industrial plastic waste. The ethical brand showcases their affinity for surf and beach culture through their exclusive prints, high quality materials and flattering Brazilian cuts.
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Mara Hoffman is another brand that makes their swimwear out of ECONYL® while using great colors and prints that will be sure to turn heads on the beach. The brand also ships their swimwear in compostable bags and makes the pieces in Los Angeles where they ensure minimal waste and energy is used in the production process.
Launched in August 2017, Natasha Tonić is designed, sewn and dyed in Los Angeles, California. The fabric used is made from a unique, natural hemp fiber that is UV-resistant and incredibly durable so you can also use them as bodysuits or activewear. Double-duty? Double-dreamy. Their suits are the perfect pieces for the minimalist who likes to pack light on vacation!
allSisters is a Barcelona-based swimwear brand that makes swimsuits of the highest quality recycled fabrics for the modern woman who demands multi-functionality. The swimsuits therefore are perfect for ladies with an admiration for both fashion and sport culture; who hold an active life and want to feel beautiful. The recycled textiles used to make the suits are from Italy and carry the OEKO-TEX® certification, guaranteeing that they are tested for harmful substances and are made in environmentally-friendly facilities and socially responsible workplaces.
LE BUNS is an eco-conscious Australian intimates and swimwear label committed to driving positive environmental impact by making every piece using regenerated nylon and low impact organic fabrics. Founded in 2016, each garment made is thoughtfully designed with timeless and flattering silhouettes that transcend trends and instead offers true longevity.
This minimalist swimwear brand is designed in Tulum and made in Mexico with two game-changing fibers that are manufactured in a green energy facility. One is a regenerated nylon recovered from our oceans by the Healthy Seas project, helping to remove plastic waste and save marine life. The second fabric is LYCRA® XTRA LIFE™, a quality fiber that is built to last. In addition to being luxurious, the swimwear is also reversible so you can mix and match!
Abysse is an uber-cool collection of bikinis and wetsuits for those with a deep admiration for the ocean, water sports and of course, the environment. Bringing functionality and fashion together, the pieces are durable and beautiful and can be used for a wide range of activities including running, stretching, surfing and swimming. The materials used to make the suits are UV- protective and fast-drying and are created from ghost fishing nets and discarded fabrics that would otherwise contribute to our ocean pollution problem.
UND started in Bologna, Italy in 2017 as a sustainable effort to stand against fast fashion and create beautiful, timeless pieces in the process. Created without underwire or seams, the suits mould to the body becoming like a comfortable, second skin. Using recycled Lycra and keeping 100% control of the Italian production ensures the brand stays true to its sustainability commitment. They even enroll in water efficiency, renewable energy and waste management programs and investments.
Oceanchild was created in 2017 by a mother and daughter duo who wanted to create an environmentally-conscious swimwear line. Handmade in Germany under ethical working conditions, the swimsuits are made from recycled post-consumer plastic waste that are collected from the oceans. Designed by the duo with the Brazilian fit and Australian swimsuit aesthetic in mind, rocking this swimsuit makes you feel confident and good about your purchase since it's helping remove trash from our beautiful coastlines.
Australian swimwear label, Baiia, produces high-quality, feminine and environmentally-responsible swimwear. The recycled fabric used to make the pieces are Oeko-Tex certified and created from post-consumer and industrial waste. Additionally, only water-based inks are used in the production, which is a more eco-friendly option compared to the industry standard Plastisol ink. Their newest collection pays homage to Australia and its' flora and fauna, with organic colors and prints that look beautiful out in nature.
New to the Scene
Ephemera has been making French-inspired, figure-hugging swimwear since 2012 but have only recently joined the movement towards reducing waste and pollution with their new swim fabrications. Their Mustard and Sky Blue colors are now made of regenerated nylon with the nylon yarn being fashioned from discarded plastics that once littered the ocean floor.
Scandinavian brand, Woron, has rocked the sustainable intimates world for years and is now introducing an eco-conscious swimwear collection to their repertoire. Feminine yet sporty, the swimwear is classic, comfortable and made from Ökotex-certified recycled polyamide and elastane.