5 Sustainable Men's Swimwear Brands

By Kelly Green

It might still be February, but the sunshine in London today has us ready to hit the beach - in our ethical swimwear of course!


As the long winter months ebb away, the call of the ocean is getting louder and louder.  Of course, the ocean has not been far from our minds all winter, with reports of the plastic pollution pandemic never far from public consciousness.  Amongst those working to clean up our seas are an increasing number of ethical swimwear brands that are using recycled and recyclable materials for their products, as well as supporting ocean cleanup charities in the process. 

Here are some of our favourite men's swimwear brands with a conscience:

Riz Boardshorts

Every pair of Riz boardshorts is tailored from 100% recycled and recyclable fabric, made using plastic bottles. For every pair sold, £1 is donated directly to the Marine Conservation Society, and the company also partners with them at beach cleans. You can also donate your old unwanted shorts to them for a 25% discount on a new pair.

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The Tropics

The Tropics not only produces men's swim trunks using material made from recycled plastic bottles, it also hosts monthly beach clean-ups in Miami, where the brand is based, and is a proud 1% for the planet member. 

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Outerknown was founded by 11 time World Surf League Champion Kelly Slater and designer, with the belief that we have a responsibility to make clothing that respects the world around us.  The brand is committed to lowering its impact on the environment, and ensures that all of its suppliers adheres to its code of conduct. Its range of men's swim trunks are made using recycled polyester in a bid to say goodbye to overflowing landfills.

Lisbon-based Panareha is a sustainable men’s summer wear brand that puts sustainability and the environment at the heart. All of its products are handcrafted in Portugal, and the fabrics used to produce all  beach and board shorts are made from recycled plastic bottles (RPET).  Items arrive packaged in 100% genuine, recovered waste paper in a plastic-free drawstring bag. 

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NAECO (Ocean backwards) offers luxury tailored swim shorts in a range of colours, made from 100% recycled ocean materials, crafted using traditional British tailoring techniques.  Each item is made from approximately 15 recycled plastic bottles and the material is itself recyclable at end of life. 

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5 Sustainable Men's Swimwear Brands