It’s estimated that there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050. As we know, the fashion industry is ever growing—and all consuming. Our oceans are filled with waste and landfills have been overflowing for some time now. But, thankfully, some brands have altruistically embraced responsibility to help our planet, rather than hurt it. So, who’s showing up the strongest to the fight? Swimwear.
Maybe it’s because swimsuits are made to enjoy the great outdoors that the health of our ecosystems are top of mind for the swimwear industry. Many brands have implemented countless sustainable factors to help rehabilitate our ecosystems (or, at least to prevent any further damage) from designing to shipping. Fabric composition, eco-conscious manufacturing, and even compostable mailers are small solutions that are making a big impact. Take for instance recycled materials like Econyl, which is made of recycled plastics and regenerated into soft nylon ideal for swimsuits.
There’s a heap of trendy suits from environment-loving brands that are so high-quality, in-style, and long-lasting that you’d never guess their fabrics might be on their second life cycle. So we rounded up 22 of the very best swimwear brands using only recycled materials in everything from their bikinis to shipping and production. And of course, their collections range from hyper trendy to timelessly minimalist for soaking up the sun in style—with proper SPF.Oh, and they all happened to be female-founded, -owned, and -designed, which is a big plus in our book. Now, without further ado, here are the sustainable swimwear brands to have on your radar this summer (and beyond).