Are you looking for ethical and sustainable swimwear brands and swimwear? Then you’re at the right address. Before I give you the brand list, I think it would be good to share some extra information with you. I’ts important to know how sustainable certain types of fabrics are in order to know how to make your sustainable swimwear choices and to check which fabric aligns with your sustainable fashion values.
What fabric is used for swimwear ?
Regular swimwear is often made from synthetic materials like Nylon, polyester and Lycra. These fabrics are cheap, drying quickly, have an easy fitting and it makes sure the swimwear keeps it shape. However, these materials are not biodegradable and it will take years before they decompose. I’ve recently came across this report of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which concludes that 35% of microplastics in the ocean comes from synthetic textiles. Besides releasing microfibers by washing our clothes, cheap synthetic fibers also emit gasses like N2O, which is 300 times more damaging than CO2. Super gross!
What fabrics are used for ‘sustainable swimwear’?
Nowadays, you see them popping up like crazy, ‘sustainable swimwear’ brands. These brands are putting effort into ethical production but also into sustainable materials. The most well-known and used material used in sustainable swimwear is Econyl. An innovative fabric made from recycled materials. It’s not the holy grail of sustainable swimwear as it stil releases those damn micro fibers. There are other innovations and sustainable alternatives available, which you definitely should check out. Read more about different types of sustainable swimwear fabrics in this list. It includes hemp, Yulex and Amni Soul Eco.
Please be aware that re-wearing your bikini from last year, is the most sustainable choice, and pretty cool if you ask me! So tell me, do you actually need a new one?
Ethical and sustainable swimwear brand list
Find your fav ethical and sustainable swimwear brand and go flaunt that hot body of yours! Oh, and if you know of a great sustainable swimwear brand, which isn’t mentioned, please let me know in a comment below.
Style • Econyl, bikinis, one pieces, surf and yoga
Price range • € 80 – 180
Country • Germany
I’ve known Woodlike Ocean for a few years now, and they have grown so much over the years. Speaking from experience, the quality is amazing. They have cute styles that are perfectly fitted and are really comfy. Besides swim, they also have a set which you can use for yoga and surf or a swim.
Shop online • Woodlike Ocean
Style • Econyl, recycled polyester
Price range • € 277
Country • Australia
Baiia is created by Amber and they have the loveliest versatile bathing suit you can imagine. The bathing suit can be worn in multiple ways, and is available in different colours and designs. So actually, you will get more than 1 bathing suit for this price. If you’re looking for a beautiful bathing suit, I would definitely recommend checking Baiia out.
Shop online • Baiia
Style • Made from Recycled plastic bottles
Price range • € 50 – 150
Country • Canada
Londre started by two woman who wanted to make change. They wanted to create the most flattering, high quality swimwear with the lowest possible impact. So far, Londre has recycled 90,000 plastic bottles off of the streets and beaches of Taiwan into their sustainable swimwear offering. The styles made from recycled plastic bottles are feminine and cute!
Shop online • Londre
Vitamin A Swim
Style • EcoLux, EcoRib, EcoTec and BioSCulpt, also extended sizes
Price range • € 80 – 150
Country • United States
Vitamin A is a player that has been around for a while, it started in 2000. Amahlia, the designer used to do a design project with Patagonia founder and environmentalist Yvon Chouinard. She is inspired by ‘70s beach glamour and the modern muses who collect her designs. She designed the EcoLux fabric made from recycled nylon together with mills in Canada, Italy and California. Such a bossbabe.
Shop online • Vitamin A Swim
Style • Hemp swimwear!
Price range • € 80 – 160
Country • United States
Natasha is a designer who wants change. No more micro plastics, and that’s exactly how we like it too. I love her war on Plastic and polyester and she shows that we can think further than the conventional.
Shop online • Natasha Tonic
Style • Econyl, Amni Soul Eco, designer, also extended sizes
Price range • € 100-300
Country • United States
Mara Hoffman is a designer label, with care for craftsmanship and design. She uses innovative fabrics such as Econyl and Amni Soul Eco. Their aim is to design and manufacture with greater care, to reduce impact, and to generate awareness. They also sell a few beautiful styles in extended sizes!
Shop online • Mara Hoffman
Style • Econyl, cute, vintage inspired
Price range • € 50-120
Country • Spain
I see this brand popping up more and more on my instagram. Clo Stories in a sustainable brand from Barcelona. Their designs are contemporary but vintage inspired I would say. Some of their swimsuits are reversible as well! so cool.
Shop online • Clo Stories
14 more brands
- Okay Pretty – For bold and fun pieces
- Augustine – Amsterdam based, clean/ feminine styles
- Underprotection – Danish brand, elegant and feminine
- Anekdot – mono colors, mix and match
- Jungl – Amsterdam based, clean styles
- Seea – Fun swim and surf
- Galamaar – Beautiful feminine pieces!
- Patagonia – Swimwear and wetstuis
- Indigo Luna – Australia and Bali based
- Lemon Spicey – Fun designs
- Oceanchild – Feminine and mono colours
- Stay Wild – Perfect if you’re active in the water
- Casa Raki – Clean styles in beautiful colours
- Tet Swimwear – Amsterdam based, feminine and fun
Treat it with care
In order to keep your swimwear with you for as long as possible, it’s important to treat it with care! I’ve listed everything you need to do here.
Also, I’ve written a little post about different types of sustainable swimwear fabrics. Read more about this here.
>> The term sustainable can be pretty broad and the industry and innovations are changing fast. Therefor I would always recommend to have a look at the about page, as well as the details you can find on the product pages of the brand you’re looking at.
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