12 sizzling sustainable swimwear brands
Want your bikini with full eco credibility but also 100% watertight on style? Make a splash with these brilliant swimwear brands. Just add SPF and a cold drink.
If there was ever a time to think about beach wear it’s now! Thankfully, if you’re investing in something new, you can also think of the planet, as there is an increasing number of brands that are adopting recycled alternatives such as Econyl rather than traditional nylon which is made from plastic.
Whatever your size, style choice, colour or fit, sustainable brands have come along in leaps and bounds. Stomach in? shoulders back? OK, go rock that bikini.
If your signature look equates to a bit of bling, you will love Oceanus Swim which strives to be zero waste. For the customer, this means that they reuse all beading from damaged or defective items, and unused stock from past collections is either recycled or remade into a new style. Dazzling, disco-ready swimsuits and bikinis are Oceanus’s speciality. The brand’s lycra is fashioned from Econyl and all its beading and embellishments are biodegradable, so you can dazzle with a shining conscience!
Aiming for the luxury market, Vanessa Sposi’s bikinis and one-pieces are infused with antioxidants like aloe vera and vitamin E, to soothe and boost sun-kissed skin. With super soft Econyl fabrics, the plunging necklines and knot-details, the swimwear feels like second skin. To top off the luxury element, they are designed in Paris, woven in Italy and made in Portugal.
Named after her family’s boat, Evarae founder Georgia Thompson has created a range of eco-minded swimmer and resort wear that is perfect for lounging in St Tropez! With matching coverup using organic silk, Econyl and responsibly sourced Tencel, you might discover a new love for loungewear.
Made in Bali, the exotic Ayla Swim and resort wear is designed to take you from sun-lounger to sundowner, so you can mix and match prints that work for on and off the sand. Everything is made with eco-friendly Econyl and there is a range of styles to suit different body types, destinations and agendas.
AWAY THAT DAY
Established in 2018 Away That Day is on a mission to create stylish, eco-friendly resort wear that doesn’t compromise sexy. The brand uses a circular production module recycling unwanted materials collected from oceans all over the world which are repurposed to create a sustainable fabric which is then transformed in Italy to create your holiday essentials.
Ranging from practical to pretty, Kahm Sustainable swimwear is designed in Donegal, Ireland by sisters Áine and Sally Anne, who know a thing or two about open water swimming in the Irish Sea. The result is a collection of one pieces which are practical and comfortable, and made from ECONYL regenerated nylon, which is meant to last.
Providing modest swimwear for every lifestyle choice, Lyra Swimwear was founded to embody the elegance of classic Hollywood, Moroccan beaches and cool and minimalist design- providing beach loving women with a choice on how much they want to layer up. The swimsuits are made from fair trade, fast-dry Italian Carvico fabric with High UV protection and can be bought as a full set, or separates, including a chic turban style head covering, leggings, and long sleeve tops.
Designed in Australia, Brits can shop Peony on Net-a-Porter, and get inspired by the brand’s distinct handwriting. Looking to the past for inspiration, and to the future for innovation in sustainability, Peony is committed to consciously creating beautiful pieces that instil freedom, transcend seasons and stand the test of time. Peony’s pieces are 50 per cent Econyl, and even the lining is made from recycled materials. All of the packaging is biodegradable and compostable, too.
Italian brand ACK focuses on bringing dead-stock materials back to life, and working with local artists to create ethically responsible new prints, and therefore promoting local Italian artisans and demonstrating their talent. The results are unique and colourful swimsuits that are made to last. Each piece is handcrafted by a seamstress in a small family-run business and is “made for women, by women”.
Growing up on the beaches of Cornwall and Mallorca, sisters Helaina and Chloe founded Tucca Swim in 2018, realising that traditional swimwear was harmful to the planet. The result is a capsule collection of beach-friendly styles, inspired by long hot summers. The reversible designs mean they can be styled in lots of different ways too, so if you’re short on packing space, these are perfect!
Still haven’t found the perfect cruelty-free swimsuit for you? Try NOIZE. This vegan range was conceived by animal-lovers driven by the belief that building a better world starts by making smarter decisions today. Stocking a large selection of cruelty-free, vegan bikini tops, bottoms, or one-piece styles, you are bound to find something you love.