15 Ethical & Sustainable Swimwear Brands (2023)

Last Updated on November 8, 2022

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

What is ‘Eco Friendly’ Swimwear?

We usually advocate for natural fabrics, however when it comes to a sustainable swimsuit synthetic fabrics offer benefits. Synthetic materials like nylon don’t retain as much water and dry a lot faster, making them more practical and comfortable for swimming – 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’ll 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 sustainable swimwear brands who keep their production volume small — or better yet, make each bathing suit to order — and have a transparent and ethical supply chain with fair wages.

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US & Canadian Sustainable Swimwear

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Hackwith Design House

Hackwith Design House‘s 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

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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 – 5XL

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

Ordering: Based in Canada, ships international

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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 – XL

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

Ordering: Based in USA, ships international

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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 – 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

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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® (nylon made from recycled plastic). In line with their commitment to longevity, Selfish Swimwear also offers a repair service.

Size Range: S – 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

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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 “biodegradable” nylon fabric called Amni Soul Eco®. Like with most proprietary fabrics it’s very difficult to get more information about how exactly it works, but the brand claims it will biodegrade in landfills.

Size Range: S – 3X

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

Ordering: Based in USA, ships international

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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’s Tale is also one of our top 10 ‘Made in Canada’ brands!

Size Range: XS – 4X

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

Ordering: Based in Canada, ships international

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Saltwater Collective

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

Size Range: XS – 3XL

Values:Recycled materials, made in Canada

Ordering: Based in Canada, ships to some international countries

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REVVV Swim

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

Size Range: XS – XL

Values: Recycled materials, made in America

Ordering: Based in USA, ships only within US

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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 – XXXL

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

Ordering: Based in Canada, ships international

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.

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Size Range: XXS – 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 Europe & the UK

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Anekdot

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

Size Range: XS – XL

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

Ordering: Based in Germany, ships international

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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 – XL

Values:Recycled materials

Ordering:Based in the UK, ships international

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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 – L

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

Ordering: Based in Italy, ships international

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Reset Priority

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

Size Range: XS – XL

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

Ordering: Based in Spain, ships international

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Margaret and Hermione

A playful swimwear brand from Austria, Margaret and Hermione makes swimsuits with their own prints using ECONYL® recycled nylon and EVO®, 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 – 42 (XS – 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® recycled nylon and EVO®, 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.

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Size Range: AU/UK 6 – 14 (XXS – XL)

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

Ordering: Based in Australia, ships international

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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® recycled nylon, and all swimsuits are made to order (mostly by Elle herself!) in their in-house studio.

Size range:XXS – 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! 🌞

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