30 Eco-Friendly Swimwear Brands For Earth Loving Beach Bums and Adventure Junkies
Happy summer! Here's our up to date guide on 30 of our favorite eco swimwear brands you can browse through as you daydream about your upcoming beach days and pool parties.
Conventional swimwear is made of virgin nylon and polyester. That's plastic, which will not biodegrade and requires us to keep drilling for more and more petroleum. As off-shore drilling projects increase, we'll just have less pristine oceans to enjoy. We're not sure if we want this in the background of our beachy photos, either.
Oh, and did you know a quarter of fish tested in California were found to have plastic in their bodies? That's our seafood! It's true - what goes around comes around. So it's time to at the least reduce our purchase of virgin plastic whenever possible.
Good thing we've already got lots of eco-conscious and sexy, elegant, and stylish swimwear to choose from.
While many of the following eco swimwear brands still use nylon and polyester, these plastic fibers are recycled from trashed fishnets and plastic bottles, meaning we're not increasing demand for new plastic and are helping to give new life and value to what otherwise would just be trash. (Cradle-to-gate analysis from Sustainable Apparel Coalition's Material Sustainability Index also shows recycled polyester and nylon to have way less environmental impact than virgin polyester and nylon options.)
First make good use of all the bikinis and one-pieces you already have, treasure hunt for pre-loved options from our favorite second hand retailers, then dive in.
Highlights: Made using recycled plastic bottles and up-cycled coconuts; produced at ethically certified factories
Vibes: Classic East Coast surfer
Highlights: Uses recycled fibers; carbon-offset shipping in USA
Vibes: Vintage class
Highlights: One-pieces & bikinis made from post-consumer recycled plastic, plus a collection of tees & tanks made from trees. Reversible, multifunctional styles and bold basics.
Vibes: Elevated and empowering
Highlights: Made from ECONYL® regenerated nylon; Oeko-Tex 100 certified; Ecoprene (petroleum-free neoprene); ethical manufacturing; luxury finishes like handmade details and seamless lines
Vibes: Surfer chic
Highlights: Made sustainably and ethically in the USA; created with regenerated NYLON6 from fishing nets, fabric scraps, and other items; donates to local non profits.
Boutique in Lahaina, Maui features products to help support a plastic free lifestyle.
Vibes: Tropical getaway
Highlights: Made from recycled materials; UV protection; Fair Trade; transparent manufacturing
Vibes: Eco adventurer
Highlights: OEKOTEX100 certified fabrics (free from harmful chemical residues); incorporates recycled fibers; biodegradable packaging
Vibes: Modern and feminine
Highlights: By Swedish designer; high cuts; made of recycled fishing nets
Vibes: 1980's inspired
Highlights: Suits and packaging are made using recycled materials; made using measurements from 1.5 million bodies to ensure they would fit well on all shapes and sizes
Vibes: Loud & proud
Highlights: Made from recycled polyamide; made in Europe
Vibes: Classy cuts
Highlights: Hand crochet out of linen and recycled linen in Vienna by the co-founders; lined with Econyl®
Vibes: Delicate knits
Shapes in the Sand (AU)
Highlights: Handmade in Australia from ECONYL; prints inspired by nature; gives 1% of profits to environmental organizations
Vibes: Playful prints
Highlights: Transparently made in Portugal out of primarily recycled materials; 50+ UV protection
Vibes: Boldly modern
Highlights: Made from hemp fibers in Los Angeles, California; UV resistant.
Vibes: Classic with a modern twist
Elle Evans (AU)
Highlights: Uses water-free printing; made from recycled Nylon
Vibes: Boho beach babe
Highlights: Made in Los Angeles our of mostly recycled fibers
Vibes: Colorful cuts
Highlights: Uses Japanese Limestone Neoprene made of natural rubber and recycled fibers (ECONYL); surf-wear and activewear; locally and ethically manufactured in California
Vibes: Surfer chick
United By Blue
Highlights: Women’s classic board shorts made primarily out of recycled and natural materials; each purchase removes one pound of trash from waterways.
Vibes: Sporty surfer
Highlights: Made mostly of recycled fibers; member of 1% for the Planet; reversible suits for versatile minimalism
Vibes: Beach house hang
Highlights: Made using certified OEKO-TEX 100, recycled fibers; transparent manufacturing; reversible suits for diverse and minimalist style
Vibes: Classy & confident
Highlights: Made using recycled fibers; UV resistant stretch blend
Vibes: 1970's inspired
Highlights: Made using recycled plastic; produced at ethically certified factories
United By Blue
Highlights: Made primarily out of recycled and natural materials; each purchase removes one pound of trash from waterways
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