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 — and by perfect, we mean sustainable. These eco bathing suits are must-haves for your long, hot, and completely ethical summer ahead.
Lounge poolside, beachside, or out on a boat for some much-needed vitamin D and show off your new sustainable swimwear. (Remember 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 number of chic swimsuit brands that are dedicated to protecting the oceans that their consumers frequent gives us a plethora of options.
Sustainable swimwear brands
Whether searching for a timeless bikini or a floral one-piece, these sustainable brands have something for everyone so you’re summer-ready in style.
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.
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.
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. 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.
U.K.-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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
13. 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.
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.
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.
16. 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!
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.
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.
19. 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.
Bold swimwear is uniquely made with Amni Soul Eco, which is a polyamide yarn with enhanced biodegradability. The suits break down in under five years in a landfill, versus the traditional 50 years for most synthetics.
The company only produces small, curated collections and uses any leftover textiles from prior collections in their new designs to limit textile waste.
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