Quick note: These are all brands that are Australian or ship to Australia. Most do post internationally but I will be posting with swimwear (and other clothing) brands for the UK and US in the future 🙂
Under $50 = $
$50- $100 = $$
$100 – $150 = $$$
Over $150 = $$$$
Elle Evans ($$)
Elle Evans Sustainable Swimwear (and activewear) is made from Econyl – regenerated plastic waste – which would otherwise be wasted and end up in the ocean. This also means that their range of activewear can be worn in water. Another wonderful part is that many of the garments are reversible! Do I want two bikinis for the price of one? Yes. Yes I do.
Vitamin Swim ($$$)
Vitamin Swim is a US company that created beautiful bikinis and bodysuits using EcoLux fabric “A technically and environmentally superior luxe fabric, made from recycled nylon”. Amahlia, the founder, is inspired by 70’s beach glamour which flows effortlessly through the designs. A portion of proceeds also goes directly to environmental organizations that protect our oceans. Can’t go wrong there, can you?
Patagonia is best known for their founder, Yvon Chouinard, and their attitude for helping the environment. In fact, you may remember their campaign telling customers not to buy their jackets (but if they NEEDED to buy a new jacket, theirs was probably the best for the environment, and your comfort) Their swimwear is functional, fair trade, and pretty well priced. Fewer styles to choose from than dedicated swimwear brands but their cause gives them a good mention on my list!
From Barcelona, allSisters is designed for eco-conscious women who love the sea. They are committed to ethical and sustainable fashion design. Their products are all Fair Trade and use recycled fishing nets and other nylon waste to create each timeless piece.
Finch Designs ($$)
Finch’s fabric is made from certified 87% repreve recycled PET (post-consumer use) bottles and 13% spandex. How you can think to make beautiful swimwear from this I will never know, but it works! Finch was launched in 2014 with eco-conscious travelers in mind, they have a range for women, men and kids so the whole family can splash about in sustainable style.
It surprised me to see that Adidas actually has a pretty good rating on GoodOnYou, an extremely fabulous, educational and trustworthy ethical fashion app. Recently Adidas also partnered up with Parley and have a small range of swimwear that uses EcoNyl and chlorine resistant fabric. Along with this, Adidas has vowed to no longer use any virgin plastics in their products, which gets a nod from me!
I wish Sunseeker provided more information on their website (and maybe this will prompt them too) but according to GoodOnYou they have a pretty good ethical fashion rating. With such beautiful swimsuits they NEEDED to be featured on my list, if only so I can poke at my laptop screen, dreaming of sipping an ice tea in a Sunseeker one piece.
Much like Sunseeker, Jets really needs to provide a tad more information. Beautiful and luxurious, Jets promises to follow your natural curves for a flattering fit and I have to say it does look beautiful. But I would love to know more about their high rating, and celebrate it!
Indigo Luna ($)
Indigo Luna Yoga & Swimwear creates beautiful Econyl swimwear with 100% plant-based dyes and sustainable practices. They are dedicated to a tiny environmental footprint and create stunning swimwear. I am personally a big fan and their yoga wear is well worth a look too. I also fancy their handcrafted bags.
Shapes In The Sand ($$$$)
Shapes in the Sand use Econyl and are environmentally friendly throughout every step of their production. Even including their hygiene stickers which have been developed using 100% wood pulp and non-toxic inks so the strip can safely dissolve in water. On top of this awesomeness, they run campaigns like ‘The Girl & The Sea’ that partnered with ‘Tangaroa Blue’ and will be donating $15 (yes, a whopping $15) from each piece sold in the collection to help fund the Australian Marine Debris Initiative. Find out more on their website.
I hope you enjoyed this list and take a look at the websites! Also, check out Good On You as they’re a great source of ethical fashion brands and information. Let me know what ethical fashion you would like to see next and post comments and photos below if you have tried any of these brands.
Thank you, and as always, Be Kind,