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The Best Stylish Sustainable Swimwear Brands

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The most sustainable option of course is not to buy new swimwear. But we all know the realities of years old bikinis and one-pieces. Bodies change. The elasticity loses its stretch over time. Trends come and go. So if you’re going to shop new: put your purse on the brands that are doing the right thing. Dive into our roundup of the best sustainable swimwear brands…

The Best Sustainable Swimwear Brands

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Model in black sequined swimming costume

Oceanus

On a mission to redefine swimwear as we know it (both for women and planet), Oceanus brings fun designs decked out in bright designs and Swarovski crystals to the poolside. Each costume is made entirely from ocean and landfill waste, opting for recycled materials and alternatives like Econyl. All beading and embellishments are also biodegradable, and excess fabrics are repurposed in the production for facemasks, accessories or later projects. You can shop the brand’s latest capsule collection on Browns. oceanusswimwear.com

Black model in yellow one-shoulder bikini

Stella McCartney

World-renowned designer label Stella McCartney continues to craft clothing with a conscious (and a scientific edge), with its SS22 swimwear collection made almost entirely from sustainable fabrics like organic cotton, ECONYL® and Q-NOVA® regenerated nylons made from ocean plastics and post-consumer textile waste. stellamccartney.com

Two women in yellow swimsuits holding ice cream, yellow pool float in the background

Roxy

As of this year, all of Roxy’s swimwear will be made using recycled elements. Starting with its 2022 swimwear collection, On The Beach, the activewear brand has opted for regenerated nylon to manufactures its range of swimsuits and bikinis. Roxy’s dedication to planet is reflected in its dedication to people, with a focus on inclusivity in sizing (the collection spans XS to XXL and includes designs for maternity and post-surgery bodies). roxy-uk.co.uk

Model in yellow knit swimsuit

Hunza G

Swimwear brand Hunza G makes all of its products here in the UK. The brand’s signature ‘crinkle’ is knit and dyed locally, avoiding deadstock and waste fabric and reducing the emissions that come with importing products. Each product comes in one size, which is made from a flexible fabric that shifts to fit any body shape, meaning that fewer products go to waste in the long run. Hunza G also recently announced its status as a carbon-neutral company, which you find out more about herehunzag.com

Model in yellow one piece swimsuit

EVARAE

Ethically-minded swimwear brand EVARAE is committed to creating products that serve the brand motto of Conscious Luxury. Each garment is made entirely from natural fibres or sustainable alternatives such as ECONYL®, with small production runs ensuring that waste is minimised. Fancy going green? Check out EVARAE’s Cassandra One Piece Suit in Tuscan Sun yellowSwimsuit is £285, evarae.com

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Vanessa Sposi

As with many sustainable brands these days  – the best ones tend to not even include ‘sustainability’ in their marketing and let the materials do the talking. The main fabric the brand uses is Econyl. What’s Econyl you ask? Think of it as regenerated nylon. Nylon is a fossil fuel fabric, but Econyl (which has a very similar tactile quality) can be recycled, remoulded, over and over. vanessasposi.com

Pursuit the label

Pursuit The Label

If you’re looking for alternative and trendy swimwear with the promise of sustainability, Pursuit The Label is your go-to. Dedicated to combatting marine pollution, each quality piece is designed using ECONYL®, a sustainable regenerated material produced from discarded fishing nets. What’s more, the brand’s packaging is 100% recyclable. £155, pursuitthelabel.com

GYKO

GYKO

Providing a diverse range of flattering bikini pieces, GYKO designs swimwear to suit all shapes and sizes. Each piece is sustainably created from regenerated plastic waste and produced in London by a not-for-profit social enterprise which supports those pursuing a career in fashion design. £59, gyko.co.uk

Paper London Maldives Swimsuit

Paper London

Paper London swimwear is made from 100% regenerated Nylon fibre created from recycled fishing nets and the oceans waste products. With bold, colourful and unique pieces made to last, the sustainable swimwear will protect your skin from UV rays while also protecting the planet. Customers can also send back their swimwear to Paper London who will find a new use for the material, ensuring nothing goes to waste. £195, paperlondon.com

 

Dos Gardenias

Dos Gardenias

Founded by former international fashion model Brighdie Grounds and designer Dorothy Day, Dos Gardenias specialises in high quality, sustainable swimwear which doesn’t compromise on style. The Malibu-based label recently designed the ‘Roos Suit’ in collaboration with Dutch model and charity:water ambassador, Roos de Kok, in which 100% of proceeds from the piece will be donated to the organisation. £118.72, dosgardenias.com

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Oii

A swimwear brand which little ones will love, Oii produces adorable, sustainable and ethically made swimsuits created with recycled plastic bottles. £15.60, alexandalexa.com

Davy J swimsuit

Davy J

Their clean, classic suits are amongst the most stylish on the market, and they’re made using Econyl yarn, regenerated nylon made from plastic components, textile discards and spent fishing nets. The brand also encourages users to send their swimsuits back at the end of their life for regeneration or reuse of materials. £140, davyj.org

Lilliput & Felix

Lilliput & Felix

British swim and beachwear brand Lilliput & Felix launched in 2014, and has since been awarded Positive Luxury’s Butterfly Mark for its commitment to social and environmental sustainability. The pieces made of fabric are made with recycled fabrics, the others sustainably woven to order to reduce waste. £115, lilliputandfelix.com

Batoko lobster swimsuit

Batoko

Batoko swimwear is made from 100% recycled plastic waste that would have otherwise been headed for landfill and oceans. This small company intends to remain a ‘micro-business’, growing at a sustainable pace that is kinder to the planet with small collections and attention to detail. £50, batoko.com

Arket

Arket swimwear utilises recovered nets, industrial components, old carpets and recycled plastics, which are made into Econyl, a regenerated nylon yarn. We love their classic scoop back block colour swimsuits. £18, arket.com

Bunks Trunks

Bunks Trunks

Bunks trunks for men and boys come packaged in biodegradable and re-cyclable plastic packaging, plus their swing tag can be reused as a luggage label. The brand also supports the Plastic Oceans Foundation. £85, bunkstrunks.com

JETS Australia

JETS Australia

JETS Australia has a sustainable collection made from an environmentally friendly and sustainable fabric that combines 100 per cent recycled polyamide and lycra xtra life. jetsswimwear.co.uk

Whale of a Time Bordeaux Swim Shorts

Whale Of A Time Clothing

Infused with the coastal spirit of the North Norfolk coast, this British brand has just released a collection of sustainable swimwear, using no-waste materials like ECONYL®. The nautical-inspired Bordeaux swimming trunks have a recycled polyester lining, made from melting down existing plastic and re-spinning it into a new fabric. £60, whaleofatimeclothing.com

Lula-Ru

Lula-Ru

While Lula-Ru’s swimwear is already crafted from eco-sensitive fabric, making it as eco-friendly as possible, the brand is looking to switch to a material made from recyclables for its next collection. Their flattering bikinis – which can be customised according to preference – have a touch of classic Bond girl about them. lula-ru.com

Bezzant fire sqimsuit

Bezzant

Made in Brazil but inspired by the Hackney fashion scene, Bezzant’s comfortable, figure-hugging swimwear is 100% sustainable, recyclable and fully biodegradable. The Baywatch-esque Fire swimsuit features a flattering high cut, low back and Brazilian-style bottom. £91, bezzant.co

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Mimie Reed

New brand on the block, Mimie Reed channels the Forties and Fifties with its collection of sustainable, feminine swimwear. Proving that glamour and sustainability can co-exist, founder and designed Mimie Reed champions slow fashion, stating: ‘It was important for me to be a brand of purpose with a focus on sustainability and inclusivity. And I also wanted to give something back. Three per cent of all purchases made are donated directly to the Olive Ridley Project which protects sea turtles and their habitats in the Indian Ocean.’ mimiereed.com

Sustainable Swimwear

Perfect Moment

Renowned for its premium ski and surf clothing, Perfect Moment is launching a new sustainable swim capsule just in time for summer. Planet-friendly and produced in London, the new collection features an array of vibrant and reversable metallic swimsuits designed with ecological yarns and an Econyl fabric made from plastic bottles found in the Mediterranean Sea. Launching summer 2021. perfectmoment.com

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