6 Planet-Friendly Swimwear Brands

6 Planet-Friendly Swimwear Brands

15.11.2021 Off By manager_1

woman wearing bikini while lying on sand by the seashiore

It’s difficult to get sustainability right with swimwear. Because it’s so stretchy, it often means that it’s made from man-made fibres, which usually means plastic. However, we want to feel confident on the beach and in the water so we won’t resort to biodegradable knitted swimming wear. If we didn’t plan to swim and get wet, we would consider wearing bamboo separates by brands like Boody or Hara.

Now, let’s get to the swimwear. We have some first-hand experience with a few of these brands, as well as some from friends. We also added some that we liked for good measure. Most of the fabrics are made from ECONYL (recycled fishing nets and other marine plastic). By supporting these brands and not opting to buy virgin nylon, you will also help clean up the oceans. It can be slightly stretchier than regular swimwear so make sure to check the measurements before you assume that you will need your normal size.

#1 Davy J

This brand is amazing! If you are interested in year-round sea swimming, we recommend following them on Instagram. Everyone makes it seem like a joy! This longing led us to purchase a long-sleeve swim shirt and convince friends to do the same.

It is great that the entire collection was designed by a woman who has actually swum in the ocean. The designs are flattering and practical. The cut-out swimsuit is great for covering the body, while also being sexy. These classic colors will never go out-of-fashion. Prices stars from $60.

#2 Deakin and blue

If we wanted to be able to wear something dry every day, then Speedo suit was not going to do the trick. We decided to splash out on Deakin and Blue’s very me sunshine yellow two piece (nothing at all to do with 1980s band Deacon Blue), which is made of that fabric ECONYL.

Deakin and Blue are unique in that they can design the same suit/bikini for three different body types based on your cup size. There are tons of images on the website and Instagram of women wearing them. This gives you a good idea of how it may look on you. A few styles are still available, including the ‘Swimcrop in mango’. We also love the X Back one-piece and the Plunge’ swimsuit. Prices start from $70.

#3 Small Field Swimming

This brand is a new and wonderful one. They use ECONYL for their swimwear. All suits are specially designed to fit cups from C-F. These swimwear are fully lined and supportive. We also love the lower leg styles (why do so many swimwear pieces have to be so butt-munching these day ?!). NB Prices online are in Euros, but stock is kept in the UK so will not be affected by Brexit. Prices start from EUR110.

#4 Finisterre

Last summer, we spent a lot of time admiring Maria’s Finsterre swimsuit. Since its inception, this Cornish brand has done sustainable work. It’s not surprising that their swimwear is made from ECONYL. We love the sporty designs and the timeless colours and prints.

Finisterre also offers other useful products, including dry robes, waterproof bags, and board shorts. This is the ultimate one-stop shop to buy all things cold water swimmers, paddleboarders, and kitesurfers! Prices start form $35.

#5 Batoko

If you are like us and love wild swimming, Batoko might have posted pictures of her joyfully printed swimsuits on Instagram. These swimsuits are very popular among this crowd. These costumes can be decorated with floral prints as well as sea creatures such as sharks, narwhals, orca, and the cute puffin print is worth a look. They are vegan and made from recycled materials.

The lobster print is perhaps the most charming in the collection. Thanks to a collaboration between the National Lobster Hatchery of Padstow in Cornwall, a baby lobster can be reared and released into the wild for every suit sold. Prices start from $50.

#6 Everlane

The swimwear collection by Everlane, a cult eco label, has just been launched. It’s amazing that they tried the styles on more than 100 women to ensure that they were both comfortable and fit well.

You can choose from one-pieces with a square or v neck, as well as three styles of tops and bottoms. You can mix and match the bikinis, so you can choose the shape that suits you best and have fun playing with the colors. Prices start from $38.

The non-specialists

You might be surprised to learn that many brands use recycled materials in their swimwear. These brands are not necessarily experts, so they might be better for summer swimwear than any that you might wear out of season. However, the prices can often be a bit more affordable and there is a lot to choose from.

Double check, as not all their swimwear will be recycled. You can also try Fat Face, White Stuff and Speedo. The entire range of swimwear from the latter is listed as “planet friendly” and includes recycled nylon and polyester.

You might also like

  • Rapanui organic cotton towelling Robes.
  • Cool Bathing silicone swim hats – This brand collaborates with Sea and Stream to recycle goggles and swimming hats.
  • Voited has a recycled changing jacket.
  • People Tree organic jersey throw-over dress.
  • Teva’s water-friendly sandals made of recycled plastic are a favorite of ours. Since 2020, all of the trademark straps of Teva have been made of recycled plastic.