Look good and do good in conscious swimwear that’s here to make a splash. From recycled fabrics and repurposed ocean waste to supporting local communities and responsible manufacturing, shopping responsibly is more important than ever and these brands are making waves. Here’s our round-up of 12 eco-friendly brands to see you through the summer.
1. MONTE & LOU
Monte & Lou was founded in Australia by two best friends who share 35 years of experience in the swimwear industry. Made using bespoke textiles including recycled plastic bottles, fishing nets and carpet fibres and printed with sophisticated feminine patterns, the beautifully functional designs meet OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 – the highest certifiable standard ensuring the responsible manufacture of their fabrics.
2. SECOND SUMMER
Created by a trio of lifelong friends, Second Summer is a UK based fashion label inspired by the effortlessly cool island of Ibiza. The brand doesn’t follow trends but believes in building a trans-seasonal wardrobe that is made to last, designing mini capsule collections that offer versatile pieces which can be mixed and matched. Their swimwear is crafted from Eco Nylon OEKO TEX® certified biodegradable yarn and crafted in Brazil with a PETA Vegan-approved manufacturer.
3. TONA THE LABEL
Founder Tona Stell’s experience as a stylist encouraged her to start her own swimwear label after discovering there was a lack of size-inclusive brands that were also fashion-forward and modern. Tona champions all bodies and provides contemporary designs that embrace every shape, ranging from sizes 32DD – 38G and UK 8 – 20. Prioritising the planet is a huge part of Tona’s ethos, so her pieces are made from low impact fabrics and in certified factories.
This British swimwear and resort wear label was founded in 2016 by Georgia Thompson as a love letter to the ocean with conscious luxury at its heart. Aside from using regenerated materials for their fashion-forward designs, EVARAE’s swing tags use seed paper that will bloom when planted, offer a free repair service and a recycling initiative and plant a tree for every order placed to offset its carbon footprint.
Arloe is an eco-friendly, luxury swimwear brand in Europe with designs crafted from 100% bio-based thread EVO®, proven to be earth-friendly and high performing. The lightweight, quick-drying and long-lasting designs are handcrafted in Italy and every swimsuit comes in a one-of-a-kind custom pouch made from upcycled textiles.
Australian swimwear label Peony has its roots in nature, founded along the Australian coastline and named after the bloom that signals the beginning of summer. Made from 100% recycled plastic bottles or 100% regenerated nylon fibre made from nylon waste otherwise polluting the earth, like fishing nets, fabric scraps, carpet flooring and industrial plastic, the brand’s refined shapes and feminine prints will have you poolside ready.
7. FAITHFULL THE BRAND
Founded in Indonesia in 2012, Faithfull the Brand has collaborated with Bali’s best manufacturers to create their hand-made garments and has continued to support their local community and Indonesian artisans ever since. A certified B Corporation business that meets the highest standards of environmental welfare, the brand gives full visibility of its entire supply chain from start to finish.
Launched in 2017 by Swedish designer Agnes Fischer who spent her childhood snorkelling the island of St Barths, Fisch was born from the desire to create statement swimwear with a superior fit and timeless design that helped to clean waste from the ocean. Her sustainable swimwear line uses fabric made out of repurposed fishing nets and nylon waste and boasts bold colours, retros styles and playful prints.
The London-based fashion brand known for its retro designs ventured into swimwear last year with a collection of 100% recycled fabric bikinis and swimsuits hand-painted with art and animal prints. Inspired by vintage Italian shapes and styles, the 11-piece collection has been consciously crafted in Q-Nova, an environmentally sustainable nylon fibre obtained from regenerated raw materials, marking the brand’s progression into a more sustainable future.
10. AWAY THAT DAY
Established in the UK in 2018 by stylist Ingemae with the purpose to create stylish, high quality and eco-friendly summerwear, all Away That Day garments are ethically made in the heart of London using kinder-to-nature fabrics and 100% compostable packaging. Ingemae’s mission is to prove that sustainability doesn’t have to compromise ‘sexy’ and it’s evident through her designs she’s nailed just that.
Founder Amelia Mather lent her creative vision to some of Australia’s most-loved labels before creating her own label, Boteh – a vibrant resort wear brand with a mission to minimise fabric wastage through conscious production. Using plant-derived and OEKO-TEX certified materials, her bohemian spirit has become a design signature with mosaic prints and artisan designs exuding a forever luxury with consciousness at heart.
12. HUNZA G
Originally born in 1984 and known solely as Hunza, the brand’s signature, crinkle stretch fabrics became a name-to-know after being worn by Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. Relaunching in 2015 by Georgiana Huddart, Hunza G has since grown to become an iconic brand worn by beachgoers all over the world and its 80’s roots bring a cool and contemporary twist to beachwear in bold hues. With a one-size-fits-all mantra, each piece is made with deadstock fabric to avoid commercial over purchasing and is proud to present itself as a carbon-neutral company.
13. ANINE BING
City girl’s favourite basics brand Anine Bing has launched its first-ever resort collection including sustainable swimwear as part of its 10-year anniversary. Featuring one-piece textured swimsuits and bikinis made out of recycled polyester and spandex, the capsule is true to Anine Bing’s signature minimalism with a chic colour palette of beige and black and accents of its now-famous AB monogram print.