It’s summer! Time to head to the nearest waterbodies and chill. But, wearing what? Here are some stunning ethical swimwear brands for summer. These aren’t your regular swimwear brands; these are brands that use eco-friendly + sustainable materials and transparent supply chains and business practices. Pair them with your ethical shorts, and make a splash at the beach!
- Top Ethical Swimwear Brands
- Sustainable Swimwear Affordable
- Women's Ethical Swimwear Brands
- 1 // Aquadiva | Australia
- 2 // Auria | United Kingdom
- 3 // Azura Bay | USA
- 4 // Batoko | United Kingdom
- 5 // Beach Access | Indonesia
- 6 // Bombshell Bay | Australia
- 7 // Camp Cove Swim | Australia
- 8 // Cecile Swim | Australia & Indonesia
- 9 // Davy J | United Kingdom
- 10 // Deakin and Blue | United Kingdom
- 11 // Elle Evans | Australia
- 12 // Faherty | USA
- 13 // Finisterre | United Kingdom
- 14 // Galamaar | USA
- 15 // Good Studios | Australia
- 16 // Jessica Rey Swimwear | USA
- 17 // JETS Swimwear | Australia
- 18 // Koru Swimwear | New Zealand
- 19 // Kowtow | USA
- 20 // Liar the Label | Australia
- 21 // Loop Swim | China
- 22 // Mara Hoffman | USA
- 23 // Mona California | USA
- 24 // MYMARINI | Germany
- 25 // Nettle's Tale | Canada
- 26 // Novah Swimwear | Bermuda
- 27 // Ocean ZEN | Australia
- 28 // Outdoor Voices | USA
- 29 // Patagonia | USA
- 30 // Reformation | USA
- 31 // Ruby Moon | United Kingdom
- 32 // Saltsuit | New Zealand
- 33 // Shapes in the Sand | Australia
- 34 // Stidston Swimwear | United Kingdom
- 35 // Summersalt | USA
- 36 // Swoon Swimwear | USA
- 37 // Tropic of C | USA
- 38 // Undersea Bikini | Hungary
- 39 // Vitamin A | USA
- 40 // Zulu and Zephyr | Australia
- What is Sustainable Swimwear?
- Recycled Swimwear & Secondhand Swimwear
- Swimsuit Care
But, wait. What is wrong with the “regular” swimwear brands?
First of all, the fashion industry is one of the biggest industrial polluters in the world, so we should look into the details of every fashion item we purchase (of which swimwear is one) before we buy. Secondly, until quite recently all swimwear items were made of nylon and polyester, both of which are non-biodegradable synthetic materials made from petrochemicals. Looking for swimwear companies that do better is important – more important than finding the best bikinis! Look for swimsuits made from sustainable swimwear fabric.
And, last but not least, approximately 1.4 BILLION pounds of trash goes into the ocean each year. Our fashion choices are poisoning our oceans and food supplies, and it’s only right that when we go to the seaside, we do all we can to minimize our negative impact on the seas.
Also, to go with your ethical swimwear, why don’t you check out ethical sunglasses made from recycled fishing nets? Curb ocean waste and get your fashion fix in one go! And if you’re looking for plus size options, these gorgeous sustainable swimwear in plus size are perfect!
Top Ethical Swimwear Brands
Let’s get started. We’ve listed some of the more accessible brands in the table below.
|1||Londre||Woman-owned, size inclusive||From $69|
|2||Cosabella||Size inclusive, recycled||From $70|
|3||TomboyX||Gender-inclusive, size inclusive, recycled, B-Corp||From $50|
|4||Youswim||certified Plastic Negative, size inclusive||From £126|
|5||Summersalt||Recycled materials, woman-owned, size inclusive||From $45|
|6||CUUP||Size inclusive, versatile, woman-owned||From $78|
|7||Bold Swim||Non-toxic, biodegradable||From $55|
|8||Boden||Recycled, generous return policy, family-owned||From $42|
|9||Jessica Rey||Size inclusive, affordable, woman-owned||From $55|
|10||Wolven||Recycled materials, woman-owned, climate neutral||From $52|
|11||ALOHAS||Cruelty-free, recycled materials, fair trade||From $70|
|12||Patagonia||B-Corp, fair trade, recycled materials||From $59|
|13||Vitamin A||Recyclable, biodegradable, made in the USA||From $85|
|14||Hackwith Design House||Woman-owned, size inclusive, made in the USA||From $58|
|15||Galamaar||Made from recycled EcoNYL, made in the USA||From $120|
Sustainable Swimwear Affordable
There’s no point in promoting eco-friendly swim options if none of them are affordable. With that in mind, we have a complete list of affordable sustainable swimwear.
Women’s Ethical Swimwear Brands
And now we look into 40 of the most ethical swimwear brands across the world:
1 // Aquadiva | Australia
2 // Auria | United Kingdom
3 // Azura Bay | USA
4 // Batoko | United Kingdom
5 // Beach Access | Indonesia
6 // Bombshell Bay | Australia
7 // Camp Cove Swim | Australia
8 // Cecile Swim | Australia & Indonesia
9 // Davy J | United Kingdom
10 // Deakin and Blue | United Kingdom
11 // Elle Evans | Australia
12 // Faherty | USA
13 // Finisterre | United Kingdom
14 // Galamaar | USA
15 // Good Studios | Australia
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16 // Jessica Rey Swimwear | USA
17 // JETS Swimwear | Australia
18 // Koru Swimwear | New Zealand
19 // Kowtow | USA
20 // Liar the Label | Australia
21 // Loop Swim | China
22 // Mara Hoffman | USA
23 // Mona California | USA
24 // MYMARINI | Germany
25 // Nettle’s Tale | Canada
26 // Novah Swimwear | Bermuda
27 // Ocean ZEN | Australia
28 // Outdoor Voices | USA
29 // Patagonia | USA
30 // Reformation | USA
32 // Saltsuit | New Zealand
33 // Shapes in the Sand | Australia
34 // Stidston Swimwear | United Kingdom
35 // Summersalt | USA
36 // Swoon Swimwear | USA
37 // Tropic of C | USA
38 // Undersea Bikini | Hungary
39 // Vitamin A | USA
40 // Zulu and Zephyr | Australia
Want to know which is the best sustainable swimwear to wear under your wetsuit?
What is Sustainable Swimwear?
Do these “ethical” swimwear brands actually manufacture their products responsibly? From what I could make out, these bathing suit companies either source natural materials or repurposed plastics (a lot of which is from fishing nets). In fact, many of these brands use ocean plastics as one of their starting materials! Econyl, for example, is a material that’s made from ocean plastics that have been sorted and broken down, and melted into soft threads. This thread is used in brands such as Speedo’s H2O Active, Outerknown and many others.
While the material these brands use may not be perfectly sustainable, what we should look for is that they do the most that is possible to make their businesses and products sustainable and ethical, treating both workers and the environment as much more vital than simply turning a profit every quarter. In this ultra-capitalistic world of ours, this is what we can do as individual consumers. We do need swimsuits – unless there’s a nudist beach close to where you live – and the best thing we can do is to buy swimwear as infrequently as is humanly possible, and buy from businesses that follow at least some of the values that we ideally ought to be looking for in all businesses.
Besides, these brands also focus on making swimwear that lasts. A relief from the fast-fashion strategy of use and throw.
Finally: one extra reason to check out these ethical swimwear brands? They look gorgeous!
Recycled Swimwear & Secondhand Swimwear
Trying on secondhand swimwear items may sound weird, but it’s not that horrifying if you shop on Depop, Poshmark, or ThredUp, where they have options for swimwear items that have never been worn. If you’re looking for more affordable swimwear, secondhand is your best bet.
You can also check out Etsy for more like these amazing ethical, handmade swimsuits made with recycled materials (including this pretty bikini made from “sustainable scuba jersey fabric reclaimed from the fast fashion industry”).
Of course, if you aren’t icky about pre-owned swimwear items, there are thrifted options galore.
As much as buying ethical and eco-friendly stuff is important, it’s also important to take good care of your swimsuit. After your swim, rinse your swimsuit gently in warm water and allow it to air dry (you can handwash it at home with a non-toxic detergent). This will not only lengthen its life, but will also limit the number of micro and nano plastic particles that eventually end up in the ocean. Read more detailed instructions on washing your swimsuit.
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By buying ethical swimwear, you can make a positive impact on the environment, support ethical labor practices, and get a high-quality product that you can feel good about wearing, for a long time to come!
We hope you found this resource useful. Do you have any sustainable swimsuits? Do you have any recommendations for us?;) Let us know!
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