Fashion

12 Sustainable Women's Swimwear Brands

By Jil Carrara
20.02.19

If the spring-like weather we’re having in London has you daydreaming of warmer climes and planning your summer holiday wardrobe, then here are some of our favourite sustainable labels to hit the beach or pool in. 

It feels like spring and summer are finally on the horizon, and that means it's almost time to to get our sustainable swimwear out of storage for all those long summer days by the sea. Unfortunately, conventional swimwear is often made from synthetic virgin materials such as nylon and polyester, but luckily, there are lots of brands making the most of incredible material innovations or natural fibres to facilitate the transition to more sustainable swimwear.

(MORE: 5 SUSTAINABLE MEN'S SWIMWEAR BRANDS)

With a warm getaway (and let's be honest, summer) on our minds right now, here are some of our favourite sustainable swimwear brands:

 

OHOY

Founded in 2016 by Scandinavian duo Anna and Henna, OHOY make swimwear from 100% ECONYL® regenerated nylon. ECONYL® yarn is made from nylon waste ghost fishing nets recovered from landfill and the oceans. When purchasing one of their swimsuits 1% of sales go to the non-profit Organization Healthy Seas in support of volunteer divers that help recover said fishing nets before they are sent to the regeneration facility. 

Available at ohoyswim.com

Natasha Tonić

Natasha Tonić makes ethical swimwear from a unique, natural hemp fiber that is anti-microbial, UV resistant and durable. The hemp swimsuits can also double as lingerie, bodysuits or even activewear since it’s a completely natural fibre - the perfect addition to your capsule wardrobe. 5% of all sales are donated to 5 Gyres to help fight plastic pollution in our oceans. 

Available at natashatonic.com

 

Florita

Brazilian brand Florita makes sustainable beachwear that is ethically produced under Fair Trade working conditions and created with Amni Soul Eco®, a biodegradable environmentally friendly polyamide yarn. All pieces are made locally in Rio de Janeiro contributing to the community through job opportunities. The beautiful, vibrant colours are achieved by dyeing with recycled water and water-based dyes. 

Available at floritabeachwear.co.uk

Mara Hoffman

US based brand Mara Hoffman makes her iconic swimsuits in ECONYL® regenerated nylon too. The brand has partnered with various organisations, such as artisan-focused non-profit Nest, and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition to achieve their sustainable goals. Read more about how Mara set up the eponymous brand in our Bringing Business To Life interview.

Available at marahoffman.com

Mylo Beachwear

Mylo Beachwear make crochet swimwear hand-made by artisans in Mallorca. Each piece is made individually upon request, so no two pieces are the same and you will have to wait for the estimated manufacturing time. The pieces are all made from OKEO-TEX certified cotton.

Available at mylobeachwear.com

Stay Wild Swim 

Brainchild of influencers Zanna Van Dijk and Natalie Glaze, Stay Wild Swim is created with the planet in mind. The swimwear is made from ECONYL® yarn and embroidered using RPET made from recycled water bottles. Find out more about the brand in our interview with the founders

Available at staywildswim.com

AMARA Tulum

AMARATulum is a Tulum-based swimwear brand. All items are made in Mexico by local artisans, to help support local Mexican communities by creating livable-wage jobs, minimizing negative impacts of tourism. The company also organises beach cleans  to help protect wildlife from plastic waste. The styles are all reversible so you practically have two bikinis or suits instead of one and ar made with 78% ECONYL® regenerated nylon and  22% Lycra® Xtra Life™. 

Available at amaratulum.co

Woodlike Ocean

Woodlike Ocean create feminine eco-friendly swimwear with  a sporty twist. The brand uses ECONYL® regenerated nylon for their perfect-fit pieces. The brand’s commitment to the environment goes beyond the choice of sustainable material as they are partner member of the 1% For The Planet® organization, which means that for every purchased piece you make a direct donation to the Healthy Seas initiative that helps recover ghost fishing nets from the seas.

Available at woodlikeocean.com

Reformation

US brand Reformation’s new collection of sustainable swimwear is made from ECONYL®, a regenerated nylon fibre made out of fishing nets, fabric scraps, carpet flooring, and industrial plastic from landfills and oceans all over the world. The collection includes 12 new styles (tops, bottoms, and one pieces) in 6 new prints.

Available at thereformation.com

Vitamin A

Founded in 2000 by Amahlia Stevens, Vitamin A swimwear is designed and produced locally in California with EcoLux™  fabric which Amahlia developed herself from recycled nylon fibers. Since the launch, Vitamin A has also started using Oeko-Tex certified organic cotton, linen, recycled cotton and Tencel®. Their ribbed fabric is made from plant-based raw material sourced from the castor bean. The brand also partners with organisations that protect marine habitats by donating a portion of sales. 

Available at vitaminaswim.com

BAIIA

BAIIA is an Australian label making reversible & multi-functional wrapsuits is made with regenerated nylon by talented seamstresses in China. BAIIA has partnered with a manufacturer that ihad decided to adopt more ethical values, which meant their prices were raised causing them to lose a lot of fashion brands to cheaper manufacturers, but this collaboration helps support the workers. 

Available at baiia.com.au

MYMARINI

MYMARINI is a Hamburg-based swimwear brand founded in 2013 by Mareen who a year prior to launching the brand quit her job and moved to Colombia to surf. She quickly realised that the current production of surfwear was unethical and something needed to change. MYMARINI swimwear is now made from ECONYL®  regenerated nylon and the entire supply and production chain is located in Europe. 

Available at mymarini.com

See our favourite men's sustainable swimwear brands and eco swimwear for kids.

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12 Sustainable Women's Swimwear Brands