9 Sustainable Swimwear Brands for Summer 2020
These brands offer sustainably-made swimwear perfect for the season! With the heat of summer in full effect, who wouldn’t love to cool off with a dip in the pool, a trip to the beach, or even a pass on your kids slip-n-slide? If you’re partaking in any of these refreshing water activities, you’ll most likely want a bathing suit. And if you’re anything like us, you want to wear items that are eco-friendly and made by brands that treat their employees well. Here’s a list of our favorite swimsuit companies that fit the bill.
After Lauren Quinn moved to Brazil and was exposed to the beautifully-crafted designs made by locals, she founded Bromelia Swimwear. This ethical clothing company works directly with native Brazilian artists, especially women and members of the LGBTQ+ community, to bring their vibrant designs to life. Bromelia offers their artists fair paid wages, a dignified workspace, respect for their craft, and empowerment through experience. From the sketch stage all the way to construction and finishing touches, these stunning swim pieces are masterfully created to highlight women's bodies. If you’re in the LA area, be sure to stop by Bromelia’s permanent pop-up location at 1204 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291.
Whether you’re in search of a rockin’ new one-piece or a cute and trendy bikini, Galamaar has you covered––literally. This company uses nylon from fishing nets that were once discarded in the ocean to produce their swim pieces. Talk about full circle! And not only does Galamaar help reduce ocean pollution, but they also utilize recycled hang tags, regenerated mixed metal hardware, and eco-friendly packaging. All while composing the most eye-catching tops and trunks. Pro tip: mix and match their swim separates to find the best combination for your body and style preferences.
This Australian-based swim label describes themselves as “the embodiment of a love for the natural world through drawing inspiration from nature and the diversity within it.” When you scroll through their site, expect to be welcomed with a plethora of gorgeous patterns and flattering shapes. Their stunning suit offerings include bikini tops and bottoms, one-pieces, and rash guards handmade from two different eco-friendly techno fabrics—Econyl and Evo yarn. Econyl yarn is formed out of waste pulled from the ocean, while Evo yarn is produced from castor bean oil, a renewable resource that does not require water nor does it impact the food chain––human or animal. These fabrics are printed locally without the use of water or harsh chemicals. Additionally, any leftover material is turned into accessories, like headbands.
From halter top one-pieces to ruffle bottom bikinis, scoop neck tops, and swim shorts, La Porte’s high-quality bathing suits are complimentary for all body types. The company expressed their commitment to “delivering products that make women feel their most confident, best self.” One of the ways they do so is with their Open Door Policy which allows customers to exchange their suit within 1 year of their initial purchase if they experience a fluctuation in their size or shape. Everything is made from sustainably sourced Italian fabric and produced in New York.
From solid colors all the way to abstract geometric patterns and fierce animal print, Bower’s sustainable suits come in a wide variety of looks that anyone would love! Their swim apparel is made from Econyl yarn, derived from discarded fishing nets, carpet fluff, tulle, and other recycled materials. The fabric offers UV protection, a two-way stretch, and is resistant to chlorine, sunscreen, and oils. Bower partners with a workshop in Italy that specializes in producing bathing suits where all employees are paid well and provided with safe working conditions. Additionally, they encourage all customers to recycle their old clothing before the purchase of new goods.
Summersalt sells swimwear that’s sustainably made, reasonably priced, and oh-so-adorable––what more could we ask for? Their sexy swimmers are made from a super compressive fabric composed of 78% recycled polyamide. Everything is packaged in recycled materials as well. When Summersalt first started designing their beachwear, they took over 1.5 million body measurements from 10,000 women to inform the size and cuts of their offerings. Aside from bathing suits, this brand stocks cover-ups, activewear, loungewear, and more!
When it comes to all-things-apparel, look to Reformation. Alongside their everyday clothing, undergarments, and accessories this eco-friendly company also makes fashion-forward swimwear. Reformation uses a blend of recycled polyester and lycra to fashion their trendy suits and in the information section of each garment, you’ll find its sustainability impact. For instance, the enchanting Island Bikini Top saves 11 pounds of carbon dioxide, 29 gallons of water, and 1.1 pounds of waste. How awesome is that?
When you purchase a bathing suit from Hackwith Design House’s Limited Edition collection, you’ll probably never run into the issue of someone stealing your look. Why? The company releases unique designs each week in batches of 25 or less. Their goal in doing so is to make “long-lasting and versatile clothing that is as unique as its wearer.” These gorgeous garments are composed of recycled polyester and handmade by Hackwith Design House’s talented seamstress team in Minnesota. Their products are minimalistic yet elegant and come in an array of colors and fits.
For long-lasting swimwear that’s sustainably made and oh-so-stylish, check out Follow Suit! This ethical brand crafts their high-quality garments in New York using digitally printed fabrics that minimize water waste. They stock everything from solid-colored staples all the way to bold patterns. We foresee a beach day in the near future!
Feature image: Bromelia Swimwear
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Allie is a writer, musical theatre performer, yoga instructor, and walking vegan restaurant directory. On any given day, you can catch her making tofu scramble, scouring Trader Joe’s for new plant-based products, or watching The Lizzie McGuire Movie! Visit her website at alexandrammitchell.com.
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