Sustainable Swimwear for Summer
It’s that time of year where you realise you no longer own a swimsuit (me, as a local Portlander, who lives in the cold all year). I tried so hard on my last trip back to Australia to buy one that was ethically made, fit conservatively (no cheeky butt!) and was comfortable. I noticed it was actually really tricky to find things that checked all of those boxes. Luckily, for the last few months I’ve been searching and researching and keeping notes on any brands that have beautiful and well made swimwear, with options for those of us who like full coverage or more bust support. Here’s my current list of pieces that are available for purchase now (note, some collections are limited edition and will likely sell soon after posting this). Get excited for swim season with an ethically made swimsuit, and look great too!
The brand I’ve been waiting for; their swimsuit release was why I waited to share this post. I wanted to make sure this beautiful Canadian company got the attention it deserves for the really stunning swim wear collection they just released (like, today!). Made from deadstock materials and ethically crafted in Canada, this limited edition collection provides full coverage, reversible tops and adjustable bottoms (for those who want shorts or bikini style) and a good variety of gorgeous styles to choose from. Knowing there is such a limited stock, I would be very quick to jump on these if you feel these are the right fit and style. They really won’t last long.
Stay Wild Swim
Made from recycled plastic bottles and ethically made, these swimsuits are sustainable and beautiful for all body shapes and coverage styles. Ranging from a one piece to bikini styles with a scoop neck or higher neck, and high wait or mid-rise, theres something for everyone in here. This English based brand is making waves with its innovative design and environmentally conscious practices.
Its no surprise that Hackwith has an incredible line of Swimwear. The styles of their swimwear are really timeless, ensuring you can wear your swimsuit throughout many swim seasons and years without worry of it looking dated (and it will last for a long time too). They have something for every size and body shape and the prices on these are also really reasonable for how well they’re made. Hackwith pieces are made ethically in Minnesota.
Spell & The Gypsy
Spell is a classic Australian boho-beach brand, so inevitably they carry swimwear. Spell is one of the leading ethical fashion brands in Australia, part of many incredible environmental and social initiatives, and even if you’re not into the boho style, they have some great pieces. Their swimsuits definitely fall on the more bikini style, with not a lot of coverage on many pieces, but I decided to add them in here for their gorgeous one-pieces. Shop two of my favorite items below!
This designer brand makes all of their unique cringle stretch swimwear in London. A unique collection of beautiful swimwear that could also be worn as everyday wear, proves real versatility in style and great quality. They have a good mix of one pieces (that can be paired with some cute pants/shorts to grab some food after a long swim) and individual tops and bottoms in case you like to mix and match. Their “one size” can only work because their material is super stretchy and curled, fitting well to most body smaller sizes. Linked my favorite styles below.
An amazing little brand I found on my last trip to Byron Bay, this label makes all of their garments from regenerated nylon in ethical factories and have been rated among the best sustainable brands in Australia. These swim/surf pieces are definitely for those of you who spend hours and hours in the surf and sand, and they’re designed for movement in mind.
Oh, classic Reformation. I love that Reformation has everything. Their swimwear is definitely some of my favorite in terms of style, but the coverage may be a challenge for some; fear not, Reformation offers a large range of high waisted, full coverage, one-pieces and more supportive cups (hooray!) for those of us who prefer them. They are always updating their collections too, so check back again before summer and you may find pieces you love even more. Here are my favorite pieces below. Shop the collection.
Patagonia is so dearly loved in my family. Even though we don’t wear a lot of their pieces, their ethos and sustainable practices truly shine brighter than most. Thankfully, they have an extensive swimwear collection that you can be happy about purchasing. With board shorts, rash-vests and cover ups for not just swimming but any water activity, there’s literally so many options to choose from (and really cute patterns!). Some of my favorites below.
And lastly, Outdoor voices. Their deep caring about how and what they make all of their clothing out of, means they are a wonderful fit for your swimsuit hunt. They also have a range of swimwear fit to whatever specific activity you may be doing in the water, and just released a line with Teva for real water adventures. Shop their collection.