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Over the past few months, I've pretty much completely stopped shopping at fast fashion retailers and only bought a few things (basics, shoes, and a few specialty pieces) from traditional retailers. I honestly don't even find myself that interested in shopping fast fashion anymore, and I only do online browsing if I truly love the brand (which basically means I'm on Reformation's website everyday, SUE ME ok). 

But I have trips to Florida and California coming up and I want to buy a new bathing suit, and I'm not the kind of person who wants to spend over $60 on what essentially are strips of fabric covering my boobs and butt. Here's my problem though: you really can't find anything for those affordable prices that isn't sold at a fast fashion retailer or online at sites like Zaful, Shein, & RomWe (which we all know are worse than fast fashion retailers and shop at anyway).

Swimsuits, in and of themselves, are not sustainable pieces of clothing. Most swimwear is made from synthetic fabrics like nylon, polyester, and spandex because they wick moisture and stretch across the body, reducing friction in the water. AND they're also cheap. Fun fact: an estimated 65 million tons of plastic-based materials are generated every year. GREAT. Gets better though: plastic is not biodegradable, so it never decomposes. Instead, it sits in landfills or oceans forever. FOREVER. So all those clothes with plastic in them will live longer than you. In normal clothing, brands are starting to use more natural, biodegradable fabrics, like organic cotton and viscose. But there isn’t currently a biodegradable material that has all the performance qualities necessary for a swimsuit (aka stretchy and is moisture wicking). As a result, eco-friendly brands are using more recycled plastic fibers. Fast Company did more of an in-depth look into this if you want to read it here

So in a quest to shop more sustainably, I did a deep dive in the internet to see what I could find for sustainable swimwear brands. The good news: they are popping up all over the place. Like I mean, I didn't even know 1/4 of the brands that I found that make sustainable swimwear. The bad news: they can be quite expensive. Or rather, most are more expensive than traditional swimsuits. But, because I'm good at what I do (read scouring the internet for good deals and doing research in general), I did find some won't-completely-break-your-wallet options, and included some options if you are ok with spending a little more and some options for dudes too #sustainableclothingforeveryone!


Good for: Retro-inspired pieces

Sustainability factor: Eco-friendly fabrics, sustainable supply chain, body positive, give back

Prices: $30-$35 or separates, $59 for


Good for: sporty styles in bright colors and with contrasting piping

Sustainability factor: Made from 100% regenerated materials 

Prices: $49 for separates, $98 for


Good for: Fun prints in retro styles

Sustainability factor: Made using regenerated Lycra; ethical manufacturing in the supply chain; provides UV protection

Prices: $69 AUD-$79 AUD for separates, $145 AUD-$179 AUD for one-pieces

Good for: Fun, vibrant colorblocked pieces

Sustainability factor: Suits and packaging are made using recycled materials, veteran-owned, body-inclusive

Prices: $45-$50 for separates, $95 for one-pieces

Good for: Simple, colorful suits

Sustainability factor: Made using recycled plastic bottles and up-cycled coconuts; produced at ethically certified factories

Prices: $48 for separates, $98 for one-pieces

Good for: Sporty styles

Sustainability factor: Recycled materials, thoughtful production

Prices: $45-$65, $100 for one-pieces

Good for: Bold & sexy pieces

Sustainability factor: Biodegradable properties, size-inclusive

Prices: $32.50-$90, $75 for one-pieces

Good for: Boho beach babe pieces

Sustainability factor: Uses water-free printing; made from recycled nylon

Prices: $75 AUD-$95 AUD for separates, $160 AUD-$165 AUD for one-pieces


Good for: Feminine & It girl style pieces

Sustainability factor: Uses a combination of deadstock, textiles made from renewable plant materials, and recycled or regenerated fabrics like ECONYL®; eco-friendly manufacturing practices; economic empowerment

Prices: $58-$78 for separates, $98-$128 for one-pieces

Good for: Sexy but classic pieces

Sustainability factor: Made locally in Vancouver out of recycled materials

Prices: $52-$65 for separates, $98-$140 for one-pieces

Good for: Elegant solid-colored staples

Sustainability factor: Made in USA, uses sustainable, recycled materials

Prices: $123-$159 for separates, $255-$276 for one-pieces

Good for: Elegant & strappy basics


Sustainability factor: Responsibly produced using recycled fabrics and components that are Oekotex® 100 Standard certified, which means that they are free of harmful and toxic chemicals

Prices: 90€-140€ for bikini, 90€-170€ for one-pieces

Good for: Fun & flirty styles in bold colors & prints

Sustainability factor: Made in USA, recycled nylon, prints made with waterless digital technology, portion of proceeds go toward environmental organizations to help protect the oceans

Prices: $70-$160 for separates, $140-$230 for one-pieces


Good for: Basic & printed trunks

Sustainability factor: Made with recycled polyester in a Fair Trade Certified facility

Prices: Trunks from $68 (basic) to $145 (collection in partnership with Kelly Slater)

Good for: Preppy printed and solid trunks with cool drawstring

Sustainability factor: Made using recycled plastic; produced at ethically certified factories

Prices: $68 for trunks

Good for: Fun printed trunks 

Sustainability factor: Made primarily out of recycled and natural materials; each purchase removes one pound of trash from water sources

Prices: $68 for trunks 

Other brands to note: Patagonia, Faherty

Did I miss any? Let me know in the comments below!




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