18 Ethical & Sustainable Swimwear Brands to Dive Into

Relax and play at the pool or beach in a sustainable bikini, one-piece, or sports swimsuit! ūüĎôūüŹĖ

What is ‚ÄėEco Friendly‚Äô Swimwear?

We usually advocate for natural fabrics, however when it comes to a sustainable swimsuit synthetic fabrics offer benefits. Synthetic materials like nylon don‚Äôt retain as much water and dry a lot faster, making them more practical and comfortable for swimming ‚Äď no one wants a soggy suit. The best option is to look for good quality swimwear made from recycled materials like fishing nets and water bottles. Also try to select styles you know you‚Äôll get a lot of wear from and avoid trendy pieces that will only last a season.

For this roundup we also tried to look for brands who keep their production volume small ‚ÄĒ or better yet, make each bathing suit to order ‚ÄĒ and have a transparent and ethical supply chain with fair wages.¬†

(please note: some affiliate links are used in this post which means we may get a small commission)

Jump to sustainable swimwear brands based in:
USA
Canada
UK & Europe
Australia


Recycled Swimwear Brands in America

Eco & Ethical Swimwear - Hackwith Design House (recycled materials, made in USA)
Image credit: Hackwith Design House

Hackwith Design House

Hackwith Design House‚Äės swim collection is all made in-house at their studio in Minnesota from recycled polyester. Many of their styles are available in plus size.

Size Range: XS to +4.5

Values: Recycled materials, made in-house, made-to-order, plus size, made in America

Ordering: Based in USA, ships international


Image credit: Wolven

Wolven

Wolven is a swimwear and active brand with bright, kaleidoscopic prints and colours. Their swim collection is made in China (read more about their manufacturing) from OEKO-TEX certified recycled PET made from plastic bottles.

Size range:¬†XS ‚Äď XL

Values: Recycled and OEKO-TEX certified materials, carbon neutral certified, gives back

Ordering: Based in USA, ships international


Image credit: Girlfriend Collective

Girlfriend Collective

A favourite for sustainable activewear, Girlfriend has now added swimwear to their collection. They offer flattering cuts in a variety of colours and have one of the most inclusive size ranges from a sustainable brand!

Size range: XXS ‚Äď 6XL

Values: Recycled materials, OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified fabrics, SA8000 certified factory, plus size

Ordering: Based in USA, also ships to UK, Australia, and Canada


Image credit: Bold Swim

BOLD Swim

BOLD Swim has sexy and classic styles with some plus-size designs. I wanted to include them in particular because, unlike the other brands who use recycled materials, they actually make their suits from a special ‚Äúbiodegradable‚ÄĚ nylon fabric called Amni Soul Eco¬ģ. Like with most proprietary fabrics it‚Äôs very difficult to get more information about how exactly it works, but the brand claims it will biodegrade in landfills.

Size Range: S ‚Äď 3X

Values: Sustainable materials, plus size, BIPOC-owned, sourced and made in Brazil

Ordering: Based in USA, ships international


REVVV Swim

Looking for sustainable swimwear for water sports or surfing? REVVV set out to make swimwear that is both sporty and stylish ‚Äď focusing on functional, comfortable and supportive designs. Their swimsuits are made in NYC from recycled nylon.

Size Range: XS ‚Äď XL

Values: Recycled materials, made in America

Ordering: Based in USA, ships only within US


Jessica Rey

For those looking for fuller coverage or more modest swimwear, Jessica Rey has a great selection of feminine and retro-inspired styles. Their suits are all made in a fair-wage factory in Los Angeles from recycled nylon.

Eco & Ethical Swimwear - Jessica Rey (recycled materials, made in America)
Image credit: Jessica Rey

Size Range: XXS ‚Äď 1X

Values: Recycled materials, made in America

Ordering: Based in USA, ships international


Made Trade

Made Trade is a conscious boutique that carries a fantastic selection of ethically made and sustainable swimwear brands to check out, as well as other clothing and home goods.


Sustainable Swimwear in Canada

Image credit: Londre

Londre

Londre has a variety of minimalist yet unique and sexy swimwear cuts and versatile/multi-wear designs. Their swimsuits are made in Canada from recycled plastic bottles and they also have a take-back recycling program.

Size Range: XS ‚Äď 5XL

Values:¬†Recycled and OEKO-TEX¬ģ certified materials, recycling program, plus size, gives back, made in Canada

Ordering: Based in Canada, ships international


Image credit: Nettle’s Tale

Nettle’s Tale

I first heard about Nettle’s Tale years ago when they were crowdfunding to launch the brand and loved their celebration of body-diversity. They take fit very seriously and all their suits are locally made in Vancouver from recycled polyester, plus the sale of each swimsuit donates 10% to a select charity.

Nettle‚Äôs Tale is also one of our top 10 ‚ÄėMade in Canada‚Äô brands!

Size Range: XS ‚Äď 4X

Values: Recycled materials, gives back, plus size, made in Canada

Ordering: Based in Canada, ships international


Eco & Ethical Swimwear - Saltwater Collective (recycled materials, made in Canada)
Image credit Saltwater Collective

Saltwater Collective

This sustainable swimwear brand uses ECONYL¬ģ, a material made from regenerated nylon that comes from abandoned fishing nets and other pre and post industrial plastic waste. Saltwater Collective‚Äės one- and two-piece suits are all made locally in Toronto.

Size Range: XS ‚Äď 3XL

Values: Recycled materials, made in Canada

Ordering: Based in Canada, ships to some international countries


Image credit: Selfish Swimwear

Selfish Swimwear

A brand founded on body positivity, sustainability and quality. Selfish Swimwear takes a slow fashion approach, designing and producing swimwear to last years. They have a range of cuts depending if you want to show more skin or fuller coverage.

Their sustainable swimwear is ethically made in Montreal from ECONYL¬ģ (nylon made from recycled plastic). In line with their commitment to longevity, Selfish Swimwear also offers a repair service.

Size Range: S ‚Äď XXL (+ made to measure for an extra fee)

Values: Recycled materials, made in-house, repair/mending, BIPOC-owned, made in Canada

Ordering: Based in Canada, ships international

Image credit: Minnow Bathers

Minnow Bathers

Sporty cuts in a variety of colours and artistic prints, Minnow Bathers designs one collection a year which is locally made to order with a focus on reducing waste.

Size Range: XS ‚Äď XXXL

Values: Recycled materials, made-to-order, gives back, made in Canada

Ordering: Based in Canada, ships international


Sustainable Swimwear in Europe & the UK

Eco & Ethical Swimwear - Anek. (recycled materials, made in Europe)
Image credit: Anekdot

Anekdot

Anekdot swimwear is made from upcycled surplus/deadstock fabrics and materials or ECONYL¬ģ recycled materials, either in their Berlin studio or a nearby Polish factory.

Size Range: XS ‚Äď XL

Values: Upcycled and recycled materials, made in Germany or Poland

Ordering: Based in Germany, ships international


Image credit: Tide and Seek

Tide and Seek

United-Kingdom-based brand Tide and Seek was founded by a surfer motivated to design swimwear using plastic waste. All of their suits use REPREVE fabric made of recycled plastic bottles. 

Size range:¬†XS ‚Äď XL

Values: Recycled materials

Ordering: Based in the UK, ships international


Eco & Ethical Swimwear - UND (recycled materials, made in Italy)
Image credit: UND

UND

An Italian brand with sleek cuts and mesh details, UND uses a recycled plastic lycra for the main parts of their suits and their suppliers are all part of an energy efficiency program.

Size Range: S ‚Äď L

Values: Recycled and OEKO-TEX certified materials, made in Italy

Ordering: Based in Italy, ships international


Eco & Ethical Swimwear - Reset Priority (recycled materials, made in Spain & Italy)
Image credit: Reset Priority

Reset Priority

This Barcelona-based brand has a collection of colourful and unique swim styles. Some of Reset Priority‚Äės suits are made from recycled nylon, and they use OEKO-TEX¬ģ Standard 100 certified fabrics as well as Xtra Life Lycra¬ģ which prolongs the life of the garment.

Size Range: XS ‚Äď XL

Values: Some recycled and certified materials, made in Spain and Italy

Ordering: Based in Spain, ships international


Image credit: Margaret and Hermione

Margaret and Hermione

A playful swimwear brand from Austria, Margaret and Hermione makes swimsuits with their own prints using ECONYL¬ģ recycled nylon and EVO¬ģ, a plant-based fabric. They use recycled and sustainable materials for all their packaging and their suits are all handmade in Croatia.

Size Range: 34 ‚Äď 42 (XS ‚Äď XL)

Values: Recycled materials, sustainable packaging, made in Croatia

Ordering: Based in Austria, ships international


Recycled Swimwear in Australia

Shapes in the Sand

This Australian brand makes sustainable swimwear styles in their own prints. Shapes in the Sand uses OEKO-TEX certified ECONYL¬ģ recycled nylon and EVO¬ģ, a fabric made from castor bean oil; takes a zero waste approach to their fabric cutting; uses plastic-free hygiene liners; and manufactures everything in Australia.

Eco & Ethical Swimwear - Shapes in the Sand (recycled materials, made in Australia)
Image credit: Shapes in the Sand

Size Range: AU/UK 6 ‚Äď 14 (XXS ‚Äď XL)

Values: OEKO-TEX-certified recycled and natural materials, zero fabric waste, made in Australia

Ordering: Based in Australia, ships international


Eco & Ethical Swimwear - Elle Evans (recycled materials, made in Australia)
Image credit: Elle Evans

Elle Evans

Elle Evans is an Australian brand also featured in our sustainable activewear roundup. They have a mix of fun prints and solids in ECONYL¬ģ recycled nylon, and all swimsuits are made to order (mostly by Elle herself!) in their in-house studio.

Size range:¬†XXS ‚Äď XXXL

Values: Recycled materials, made-to-order, zero fabric waste, made in-house, gives back, made in Australia

Ordering: Based in Australia, ships international


Enjoy the water! ūüĆě

Last updated: June 6, 2022

4 Responses

  1. Lea
    | Reply

    Reset Priority is definitely worth checking out!

  2. Charlotte Head
    | Reply

    It’s so cool to see more and more companies turning to recycled fabrics and materials. People often remember to shop ethically when shopping for things like food and drink, but forget about clothes and gifts- let alone swimwear! Thanks for bringing this to our attention!

  3. Kristyn
    | Reply

    Great round-up!! My bikini pieces (I have 2 tops and 2 bottoms that can all be mixed and matched) are still in great shape but I am really looking forward to getting a more sustainable version when it needs replacement. I AM a wee bit concerned about having to shopping online though, swimsuit shopping is so hard as it is!!!

    • Verena Erin
      | Reply

      If I’m shopping online for swimsuits I usually go for styles that have ties so they’re more flexible/adjustable, and definitely compare your measurements to the brand’s size guide and read any fit notes!

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