7 Sustainable Swimwear Brands To Put On Your Radar For Earth Day (& Every Day)

Shapes in the Sand sustainable eco-friendly swimwear

With Earth Day just around the corner, we’ve rounded up 7 swimwear brands from around the world committed to minimizing their environmental footprint through the use of sustainable fabrications (fishnets included), recyclable tags and packaging, green manufacturing and a bevy of environmentally supportive partnerships and give-back initiatives. Not just for Earth Day, these brands – and their missions – are worthy of top placement on your radar every day.

Above photo: Shapes in the Sand


The brand: Elle Evans

The scoop: Designed and produced in Melbourne, Australia, Elle Evans exclusively uses post-consumer waste fabrics (remnants discarded by bigger companies that would otherwise go to landfill) and recycled lycra, which uses 80% less energy in production than regular ‘virgin’ lycra. Instructive care labels are sewn into each garment to help the wearer reduce unnecessary energy consumption through washing and drying as well (which is usually the most environmentally harmful part of a garment’s life). Moving forward the brand plans to implement a take-back program for shoppers, so instead of discarding an Elle Evans bikini at the end of its life it can be disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner.

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The brand: Odina

The scoop: This Made-in-the-USA surf & swimwear brand is committed to a truly sustainable business model, from the exclusive use of recycled and reclaimed fabrics to organic cotton tags to their own website hosted on a 100% wind-powered server. Plus, Odina (a name meaning “divine creative inspiration”) actively supports Ocean Girl Project sustainable surf camps as well as Reef Check, a California based non-profit organization dedicated to empowering local communities to protect and conserve the world’s reefs.

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[Related: Shop for a Cause: 7 Active Wear Brands That Give Back, Year-Round]

The brand: Shapes in the Sand

The scoop: Designed and manufactured in Sydney, Australia, Shapes in the Sand not only exclusively uses 100% regenerated ECONYL® fabric, but employs a sustainable printing method that doesn’t require water or any harsh chemicals as well. Plus, the brand has recently joined Australia’s Marine Conservation Society as a business supporter, helping to create positive change for the protection of the continent’s threatened species and habitats such as the Great Barrier Reef.

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The brand: Greenlee Swim

The scoop: Aiming to change the world one LRB® (little recycled bikini) at a time, Los Angeles designed and manufactured Greelee Swim creates all minimalist, mix and match styles from 82% recycled fibers. The brand further establishes their eco-conscious footprint through partnerships with local and global charitable organizations such as Global Green USA, Heal the Bay, Honey Love, and most recently The Rainforest Partnership. In good company, Greenlee pieces can be spotted on the likes of Brooklyn Decker, Aubrey O’Day and Camila Alves.

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[Related: Must List: 27 Eco-Conscious Lingerie, Swim & Active Picks to Shop Now]

The brand: Luz Collection

The scoop: This fair-trade swim brand based between Paris and Buenos Aires is not only environmentally aware, but socially responsible as well. Luz swimwear is created from 93% GOTS certified organic cotton produced in Peru under fair trade regulations – meaning fair salaries, on-time payment and realistic and defined schedules for workers. Further, no pesticides, chemical fertilizers or GMOs are used in the creation of any Luz garments.

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The brand: Amara

The scoop: Based in Tulum and manufactured in NYC, Amara utilizes an Italian fabric created from 78% recycled post-consumer materials blended with life-extending XTRALIFE LYCRA®. All swimwear is manufactured in a green energy facility dedicated to the reduction of pollution, preservation of green spaces, and monitoring of water treatment and gas emissions, while all packaging is biodegradable, recyclable or reusable.

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[Related: Shop for a Cause: 5 Lingerie & Loungewear Brands Empowering Women Worldwide]

The brand: Koru Swimwear

The scoop: Koru (the New Zealand Maori word for “spiral” and symbolic for new life, spiritual growth, purity and peace) exclusively uses 100% regenerated polyamide fabric made by ECONYL®, a sustainable textile manufacturer who works in partnership with Healthy Seas to use discarded fishing nets pulled from our oceans to make regenerated yarn. The brand’s eco-commitment is seen from start to finish, including the use of recycled paper hangtags and compostable packaging made from plant materials. Plus: Koru donates at least 1% of their annual net revenues to 1% for the Planet, a non-profit organization committed to positive environmental change.

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