With the summer coming up, people are planning what swimsuits they’ll be donning on their summer vacations. Fast fashion brands usually have their products made in factories overseas in countries like Thailand, India, Bangladesh, and Taiwan that exploit their workers and use materials that are not sustainable. Slow-fashion producers are combatting this by creating sustainable and ethically made swimsuits just in time for summer! Here is our list of the best eco-friendly swimsuit brands.
This brand that’s based in Barcelona combines elegant, high-end fashion design into a sustainable swimwear line. allSisters is more on the expensive side, but these suits are made to last for a while.
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2. Holiday Romance
The swimsuits created by this brand are made out of recycled waste and are chlorine-resistant to ensure not to further pollute by lessening the microfibers lost from the suit. They donate some of their profit to the Healthy Seas Foundation charity.
3. The Reformation
The Reformation is a popular brand in big cities with stores in Los Angeles, New York, Miami and more! They write on their website, “At Reformation, we think about all the costs in creating fashion—not just the price tag. RefScale tracks our environmental footprint by adding up the pounds of carbon dioxide emitted and gallons of water we use, and pounds of waste we generate. Then we calculate how Reformation’s products help reduce these impacts compared with most clothes bought in the US.”
This brand was made by ocean lovers for ocean lovers. The products in this sustainable brand are more for adventures – diving, surfing, etc. They make their suits out of materials that are polluting the ocean – anything from nylon waste and marine debris.
5. Atoll Swim
In writing about their sustainability practices, they write, “We use a sustainable techno-fabric made with Econyl® – 100% regenerated polyamide fiber from post-consumer materials – which, when tested in real-life conditions proved to be two times more resistant to chlorine, suntan creams, and oils than competitors’ fabrics; these amazing results are achieved thanks to its innovative construction and the presence of LYCRA® XTRA LIFE™.”
6. OHOY Swimwear
All of the products are made from recycled fishing nets and discarded nylons. According to the website, “Econyl works with organizations such as Healthy sea’s, a non-profit founded by Aquafil. All these fishing nets are collected by volunteer divers and then sent to Aquafil’s Slovenian regeneration plant. When purchasing our item, you are giving back to Healthy Seas. 1% of OHOY sales goes to support the recovery of nets by volunteer divers.”
Baiia is all for body-diversity with their swimsuits that are flattering on every body type! The Australian-based brand uses recycled materials to create their swimsuits along with dyes that are water-based to prevent water and air pollution.
8. Amara Tulum
Just as many of the other brands on this list, this brand also uses recycled products to create their eco-conscious initiative. They write on their website, “Our Italian fabric is milled in a facility that works to reduce pollution, protect green spaces, preserve water & monitor emissions. Made up of two revolutionary fibers. ECONYL® is created with regenerated nylon from sources such as fishing nets recovered from our oceans through the Healthy Seas project, helping to clean up our playground and save marine life in the process.”
9. OceanZen Bikini
From ocean lover, Steph Gabriel, comes the sustainable swimwear line for other ocean lovers and conservationists alike. She too uses fishing nets and recycled plastic to create her swimsuits.
10. Stay Wild Swim
Natalie Glaze and Zanna van Dijk co-founded this swimwear brand after diving and snorkeling for a considerable portion of their lives. They made stylish, yet practical products that ocean lovers can move in but stay stylish in.
This Italian-based brand focuses on local suppliers and sustainable business practices. They create supplies in small quantities to reduce waste.
12. Mara Hoffman
In the fashion world, Mara Hoffman is known for her amazing lines – her swimwear line is no different. The products are made from recycled bottles.
13. Natasha Tonic
The brand is based and designed out of Los Angeles, California. Natasha uses sustainable fabrics such as hemp, making the suits UV resistant. She also creates all of the suits herself, so no two swimsuit patterns are the same! The brand donates five percent of their profits to 5 Gyres, which is a non-profit fighting to get plastic pollution out of the oceans.