Are you as excited about summer as we are? Check out the best ethical swimwear for a super stylish summer!
By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
There’s so much to do on a beach: waterski, build sandcastles, play beach volleyball…and not to mention, swimming and surfing! Plus, there’s nothing more relaxing than throwing yourself on a beach towel with a good book and cold drink at your side.
Our love for spending time on the shores will never die – especially if we’re wearing sustainable swimwear that’s sporty, sensual and maybe just a little bit sassy.
With summer is approaching, we’ve picked out the best ethical swimwear to ensure your summer is as stylish and fun as can be.
Image credit below: Tabacaru
The Best Ethical Swimwear For A Stylish Summer
1. Mara Hoffman
Women love this ethical label (pictured above and below), and for good reason. Mara Hoffman knows what we really want. Namely: form flattering swimwear in fun colours, ethically made from recycled and vegan friendly materials. Her designs are usually meant to be worn in diverse ways, too. Pair up one of her maillots with a skirt or some cut-off denim shorts, for example.
Prices: From $155
Why we love this: This is eco-friendly, ethically made vegan swimwear with an emphasis on design. For example? Check out the handprinted, side-tie one piece, below. Or the beautifully cut tie-dyed, high waisted Lydia bikini, which you can see here.
The Reformation is always bang on trend. I really don’t know how they do it – it seems they know what we want before our own brains can define it! This season, they offer sassy swimwear with some late 1960s vintage spice. As always, the label carefully selects sustainable materials, such as TENCEL, ECONYL, and recovered and dead stock fabrics. These are used to create everything in its collections, not only swimsuits.
Prices: From around $70
Why we love them: If you’re worried about your ECONYL swimsuit shedding microplastic fibres, the brand offers Guppy Wash Bags to ensure those little bits don’t escape into the oceans!
There’s swimwear with a desert-island, devil-may-care vibe. And then there’s swimwear that’s worn to make a statement, in places like the Hamptons, St Tropez or Punta del Este. The kind of swimwear you’d wear with jewellery. Tabacaru falls into that latter camp.
This is ethical swimwear that’s downright posh. Focused on one piece and high waisted swimsuits made with flattering lines, the highest quality sustainable materials, these suits have a Spanx-like effect. There’s no brand that’s more flattering to your figure!
Prices: From $250
Why we love them: Some of their suits come with beautiful, but minimalistic, embellishments, like faux pearls.
This brand’s name encapsulates its vibe: sexy! HAH, or Hot As Hell is one of the best ethical swimwear labels for confident women who aren’t afraid to flaunt their assets.
The brand is committed to minimising waste through smarter use of resources and raw materials. For example? They’ve partnered with a manufacturer in Sri Lanka to co-launch Extended Fabric Life, an innovative, eco-friendly textile that benefits the planet, environment…and you!
Prices: From around $90
Why we love them: They also make gorgeous eco-friendly lingerie and pyjamas!
6. Okay Pretty
Each cheeky piece by ethical swimwear brand Okay Pretty is made from a luxurious, high quality Italian fabric known as ECONYL. This reconstituted fabric is made from recovered fishing nets collected through various initiatives. One such project is The Healthy Seas project, which has volunteer divers recover abandoned fishing nets. Another is Net-Works, a social initiative that empowers coastal communities in collecting and selling discarded fishing nets.
Each of Okay Pretty’s collections pay tribute to the founder’s Australian roots. They evoke the summer days she enjoyed while living in Noosa, Byron Bay and Bondi. Bright, playful, contemporary styles define this brand.
Prices: From $45
Why we love them: The prints on their suits are divine!
This is Maui’s first ever high-end ethical swimwear brand. Every piece is manufactured in the USA from an eco-conscious techno fabric made with a 100% regenerated nylon fibre, generated from old fishnets and other waste that’s polluting the oceans. Their signature style is a strappy hip that shows a wee peek-a-boo of flesh and accentuates feminine curves. Manakai’s designs are also reversible, meaning you get two bathing suits for the price of one! But that’s not all: the brand has teamed up with Cosmic Collage to create a truly one of a kind print (seen below) that you will not find anywhere else.
Prices: From around $250
Why we love them: This is female-friendly ethical swimwear with a seriously artistic touch.
Love sports…and fashion? allSisters is best ethical swimwear brand for you. Their highly chic, minimalist cuts suit all body types and fit like a glove. They allow you to move around gracefully for whatever summertime sport you enjoy the most.
Recycled and deadstock fabrics that are OEKO TEX certified comprise these suits. allSisters is proud to produce each item ethically, in responsible factories.
Prices: From around $50
Why we love them: Their signature peek-a-boo cutouts are unique and super-stylish!
9. Amara Tulum
Anyone who has ever visited the stunning beaches in Mexico’s Tulum will be pleased to know that AMARA Tulum pledges to support Mexican communities by creating well paid, local jobs, minimising the negative impacts of tourism, promoting cultural exchange and helping to preserve local traditions in the region.
Plus, they regularly organise beach cleanups in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere to help protect wildlife from the plastic washing up ashore. Each piece in their collection is made from eco-friendly material; namely ECONYL.
And if you’re looking for the best ethical swimwear brand in terms of the perfect fit, you’ve found it! Amara Tulum offers a bespoke bathing suit service. A rare and wonderful idea, if you ask us. Plus, every bathing suit is reversible, meaning you actually kind of get two in one!
Prices: From around $95
Why we love them: There’s so much variety of style on offer! Choose, for example, a bottom: high rise, low rise, string bikini, minimal coverage, or seamless.
10. BOLD Swim
Frustrated by not being able to find a bikini for your body type? No worries! Bold swimwear is one of the best ethical swimwear brands for you.
The inclusive brand designs all of its swimwear around universal fits, versatility and luxury. The label makes clothing for bold, unapologetic women who are proud of who they are, and aren’t afraid to show it!
All of their ethical swimsuits use non-toxic and biodegradable materials, and are UV protective, too. Bold’s collection boasts lots of vibrant shades and versatile cuts, with sizes running up to XXXL.
Prices: From around $125
Why we love them: When you shop with BOLD Swim, you’re giving back to multiple environmental charities through their membership with 1% for the planet. They redirect part of their revenues to environmental causes all over the world.