Monday, December 5, 2022

The 23 Best Sustainable Swimwear Brands to Keep You and the Planet Cool

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Eco swimwear is here to prove that style is sustainable. There are so many ethical swim brands perfect for those long, hot summer days.

Whether the weather is warm where you are, or you’re preparing for a luxe vacation to someplace where it’s always warm, you need the perfect swimwear.

Lounge poolside, beachside, or out on a boat for some much-needed vitamin D and show off your new sustainable swimwear. (Don’t forget the sunscreen).

It likely comes as no surprise that in the world of sustainable fashion, swim and beachwear are among the top growing niches. Maybe it’s that beach-goers and surfers have an undeniable connection to the ocean and the pollution that is crippling it? Whatever the reason, the amount of chic swimsuit brands that are dedicated to protecting the oceans that their consumers frequent gives us a plethora of options.

Whether searching for a timeless bikini or a floral one-piece, these sustainable brands have something for everyone so your summer-ready in style.

1. Beth Richards

Based in Canada this swimwear line was started to help women feel empowered “one piece” at a time. It is committed to using eco-friendly textiles which also have UVB protection against those harmful sun rays.

With a small batch production, Beth Richards ensures standards are met with each piece and that overproduction doesn’t happen.

2. Vitamin A

A cult favorite and ’70s inspired brand for sustainable summer wear, Vitamin A is dedicated to combining sustainability and style. All of its swimwear is made in California, using plant-based and recycled materials. Whenever possible, the brand’s prints are created with water-reducing digital technology and packaged in fully recyclable and biodegradable boxes.

Vitamin A also proudly support 1% For the Planet and give back to organizations working to protect our oceans and the environment.

3. Wolven

Known for their sustainable yoga essentials, Wolven also crafts fun, sustainable swimwear. They easily stand out from the crowd with their bold, vibrant patterns.

Along with its dedication to using recycled fabric, the company invests in programs that offset its emissions and address its carbon footprint by partnering with Climate Neutral.

4. Boden

UK-based brand Boden crafts its swimwear from ECONYL® regenerated fabric, including discarded fishing nets. Aside from helping to clean up our oceans, Boden is also dedicated to protecting its workers and investing in education and workplace support for women.

Sick of replacing your suit after just one season? Boden boasts a 365-day return policy, but hope that you’ll be wearing your swimwear for years to come.

5. BOLD

BOLD swimwear is uniquely made with Amni Soul Eco®, which is a polyamide yarn with enhanced biodegradability. The suits breakdown in under five years in a landfill, versus the traditional 50 years for most synthetics.

The company only produces small, curate collections and use any leftover textiles from prior collections in their new designs to limit textile waste.

6. Bower

An Italian chic brand, Bower’s suits are ethically made from ECONYL® regenerated nylon yarn. It also donates one percent of profits to the Healthy Seas initiative.

The brand partnered with a small atelier in Rimini, Italy that guarantees safety and job security for all those involved in crafting its garments. All of its pieces are packaged and shipped in eco-friendly materials.

7. Casa Raki

Inspired by the founder’s childhood on the Uruguayan coast, this chic collection of suits features flattering cuts and tropical colors, all created from Econyl.

Designed in London the pieces are then handmade in a women-owned and operated factory in Portugal. The brand also promotes repairing, upcycling, and reselling your pre-loved pieces.

8. Do Good

Do Good swimwear is a collection of eco-friendly women’s surf pieces. They are affordable and give back to the planet with each purchase.

All of the suits are made from recycled ocean waste, including discarded fishing nets and plastic bottles.

9. Elle Evans

Elle Evans has a mixture of sporty solids and girly ruffles that are perfect for the beach or the resort. Its bathing suits are made from 100 percent recycled fabric and made in the land Down Under, where I am sure they know a thing or two about good swimwear.

Each item is packaged in compostable HEROPACK© mailers, which can be home composted, and all orders shipped within Aus use carbon neutral couriers SENDLE.

10. Galamaar

Chic designs combined vintage floral patterns create an effortless summer style. While on the higher end for swimwear, each piece is crafted for long-lasting fit retention making it worth the investment

Another brand dedicated to using recycled fishing nets to help clean up our oceans and ethically sewn in LA.

11. Hackwith House Designs

HHD Swim designs for women’s bodies that are as diverse as their skills, talents, and accomplishments. The inclusive designs are created to complement all unique body types.

Ethically sewn-to-order in Minnesota, all of HHD’s suits are also made from sustainably sourced recycled polyester and spandex.

12. Isla in Bloom

This Australian-made label is inspired by travel destinations around the world. Its beautiful prints are made with recycled and eco-friendly inks and designed by artists in Byron Bay, Australia.

Every suit is ethically-made in Australia with regenerated Econyl®.

13. Jade

For simple, sleek, and stunning silhouettes look no further than Jade. Founded by former fashion editor and stylist Brittany Kozerski, Jade crafts tops, bottoms, and one-pieces that are multi-functional. Many of its suits easily pair with a skirt, jeans, or into the rest of your wardrobe.

Designed in NYC and sewn in LA, with organic, recycled, and regenerated materials.

14. Jessica Rey

Jessica Rey designs playful swimwear that is modest and flattering. Crafted from high-quality Italian 100 percent regenerated textiles, like recycled fishing nets.

Its suits are all ethically made in sweat-shop-free factories in Los Angeles. All workers are paid a living wage and treated with the utmost respect.

15. La Isla

This sustainable line has some of the most gorgeous styles and modern takes on swimwear.

It has gotten a reputation as the “sexy” sustainable swimwear line (say that three times fast) and has even been featured in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. How cool is that for the world of eco-friendly fashion?

These suits are ethically made with high-quality materials that will last a lifetime and their classic designs will always be in style.

16. Londre

Chic and minimalist, Londre crafts exceptional swimwear from recycled materials, sourced from an Oeko-Tex certified factory. Each bathing suit uses at least six recycled plastic bottles. The company has recycled more than 10,000 bottles so far.

Originally created to design the most flattering cut of bodywear, Londre now applies its exceptional fitting patterns to swimwear. Made to withstand the wear and tear of salt, sand, and sweat.

17. Mara Hoffman

An OG sustainable brand, Mara Hoffman was born out of quirky, one-of-a-kind swim and beachwear. All of the suits are crafted from recycled textiles with UPF 50+ protection.

Known for bold patterns and mix and match styles all their items are statement pieces for the beach and beyond.

18. Medina

Medina is another swimwear brand focused on ocean clean-up by using regenerated nylon made from plastics found in waterways. The high-quality material is UV-proof, as well as sun cream-, oil- and chlorine-resistant.

The brand supports and promotes different non-profit organizations that are dedicated to protecting and cleaning the oceans.

19. Salomé

Handmade in the Dominican Republic of regenerated Italian fabric, Salome has built-in UV protection and is made to be resistant to pilling. Its styles are simple and a bit edgy, featuring both neutrals and bright neons.

Each style is ethically made by women in small batches to avoid overproduction and textiles wastes.

20. Sézane

Known for its chic and French-inspired clothing, the Sézane swimwear is just as exceptional. Designed with timeless cuts and luxury fabrics, they are created with longevity in mind.

All of the garments are made in audited factories in Tunisia and are shipped in recycled packaging.

21. Swoon Swimwear

Swoon Swimwear is a small batch and ethical brand made in the USA. Swoon’s mission is to support female-owned businesses, keep jobs in America, and sell directly to consumers at an honest and affordable price.

Many of the Swoon suits are reversible as well making them the ultimate thing to pack for vacay, two suits for the space of one!

22. Summersalt

Summersalt is serious about two things: sustainability and fit. Compiling over 1.5 million body measurements from 10,000 women Summersalt created a patented TrueMeasure process to offer the best possible fit for its swimwear.

All of the suits are made with recycled textiles that are five times the strength and four times the compression of other swimwear making them a great sustainable option that is truly built to last. They are also kind to your wallet. Each suit comes in under $100.

23. Swiminista

Made entirely from Italian recycled fabric and ocean plastic waste, Swiminista’s suits don’t skimp on style. From Rock & Republic Co-founder Andréa Bernholtz, Swiminista is out to prove style and sustainability and one and the same. The line celebrates women with a range of sizes and a Mommy and Me collection.

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