11 Ethical and Sustainable Swimwear Brands for Summer 2020

These ethical and sustainable swimwear brands are the perfect way to enjoy the ocean without damaging it. We’ve chosen these swimwear brands because their bathing suits are made using recycled materials, including recycled polyester (such as plastic bottles) and recycled nylon fibers (from fishing nets). 

These brands are not just on-trend; they are also taking the lead in the fashion industry – they’re committed to using sustainable materials, reusing post-consumer waste, ethical working practices, and creating health seas. Many of these brands are also fair trade certified, reducing their carbon footprint either through internal processes or by partnering with other organizations, and only partner with other ethical companies when designing their supply chain.

Of course, we didn’t just choose them for their sustainability – these brands are creating unique, sexy pieces that will make you look and feel good while helping to improve our planet. 

Let’s take a look:

Based in California, Vitamin A specialize in creating sustainable swimwear, including tops, bottoms, and one-pieces. They use a range of sustainable and recycled materials, including EcoLux™ (their own premium material made using regenerated nylon fiber), TenCel®, and recycled cotton.

Manufactured domestically to cut down on shipping emissions, Vitamin A use efficient practices, such as digital printing, to cut down on waste

The Vitamin A Range

Inspired by ’70s styles, Vitamin A’s swimsuit line has a laid back yet stylish feel and come in a wide range of designs.

Pictured: Top: Sol in Topaz; Bottom: California High Leg in Topaz 
Tops from $95, Bottoms from $78, and One-Pieces from $165
Sizes: 2 to 14 (US)
Full Range: Swim tops, swim bottoms, bodysuits, and coverups

Summersalt use recycled materials to create travel-friendly fashion pieces. Their designs are made using recycled Polyamide (recycled nylon), which means your luxurious swimsuit is made from old fishing nets! 

Their wide range of sustainable swimwear includes the Sidestroke (pictured), which was named the ‘#1 most wildly-flattering one-shoulder style’ by Elle Magazine. Their styles incorporate diagonal seaming and great support and flatter all sizes.

Pictured: Sidestroke in Lava, Hibiscus, and White
Prices: One-pieces from $95, Tops and Bottoms from $50
 XS – 2X

The Summersalt Range

In addition to a wide range of swimwear styles, many available in a wide range of colors and patterns, Summersalt also offer loungewear, travelwear, and sleepwear.

Reformation’s swimsuit range is made out of ECONYL, which is made out of 100% recycled nylon waste. Their recycled fabrics are also Oeko-Tex certified, which means no hazardous chemicals were used in the dyeing process.

They are a carbon-neutral brand, offsetting their waste by partnering with programs to protect the Amazon Rainforest, and publish detailed sustainability savings for each piece. The Mandalay Bikini bottoms (pictured) save 20.0 lbs of CO2 and 15.0 gallons of water over bottoms produced using standard methods.

Pictured: Mandalay Bikini bottoms & Malibu Bikini Top in Feline
One-pieces from $98, Tops and Bottoms from $58
 XS – XL

The Reformation Range

Reformation provide a full sustainable fashion range, including jeans, tops, skirts, dresses, and, of course, bathing suits.

The first North American clothing brand to achieve the status of Fair Trade certified, prAna has established itself as a leading fashion brand for sustainability. Like other brands, their range is predominantly made using post-consumer waste (Econyl).

In addition to using recycled plastic, Prana also works with an organization called Bluesign to manage their chemicals appropriately and ensure harmful chemicals are removed before they can enter the environment or your closet.

Pictured: Rhette One Piece Sustainable Swimsuit in Nickel
One-pieces from $85, Tops and Bottoms from $45
 XS – XL

The prAna Range

prAna supply a full range of sustainable clothing for both men and women. In addition to their stylish swimwear collection, their range also includes tees, tops, pants, activewear, outerwear, and jeans. Accessories include hats, bags, totes, and scarves.

Sold through sustainability specialists Made Trade, Saturday Swimwear products are handmade in the USA by owner and designer Emily Laplume.

Made from recycled nylon (ECONYL) and XTRA life Lycra and shipped in packaging that is 100% biodegradable and compostable, these swimwear options are a great way to support a small sustainable business. Oh, and all shipping is carbon offset.

Pictured: Maya Bottom and Isla Top in Sage
 S – L
Price: Tops and Bottoms from $55

The Made Trade Range

Made Trade sell a wide range of sustainable, fair trade, vegan, women-owned, and people of color owned fashion brands. Their full range includes women’s and men’s clothing, shoes, accessories, homeware, and furniture.

LA-based swimwear designer Jessica Rey sells a wide range of beautiful ethical swimsuits that look great on all body types. Her swimsuits are made from 100% regenerated materials and are made in ethical factories in LA where workers are paid a living wage.

Pictured: Grace in Jardin
Sizes: XS – 1X
Price: One-pieces from $108, Tops and Bottoms from $48

Jessica Rey's Range

The full range includes one-pieces, swim dresses, tankini tops, bottoms, swim skirts, swim shorts, kids swimwear, and maternity swimwear. In addition to the stunning swimwear line, Jessica sells the Estella range of dresses, skirts, and tops, all of which are made out of sustainable (but not recycled) materials.

Looking for something more suited to an active lifestyle? Rubymoon has got you covered. This ethical swimwear and activewear brand produces a wide range of sustainable, vegan (PETA-approved) swimwear in sports styles coupled with fashionable prints.

Their clothes are made from recycled ocean waste, are certified to withstand sunlight, saltwater, and chlorine, and are sent in 100% recycled and biodegradable packaging.

Pictured: Sorphea Swimsuit
Sizes: XS – L
Price: One-pieces from $147, Tops and Bottoms from $85

The Rubymoon Range

In addition to swimwear, Rubymoon offers a select range of activewear including sports bras and sports leggings.

Volcom’s Eco True Swim Collection uses material made using regenerated nylon fishing nets (ECONYL®) and recycled plastic bottles (REPREVE®) plus an advanced water-saving digital sublimation printing technique to ensure their swim collection fabrics are low-impact.

Pictured: Simply Solid Retro Bottom with Simply Solid Halter Top in Steel Purple
Price: Tops and Bottoms from $45

The Volcom Range

Volcom supply a wide range of clothing for men, women, and children. In addition to swimwear, they also sell tops, pants, denim, dresses, and more. Most, but not all, of their range is sustainable – you can use the left sidebar to ensure your search only shows clothes made from recycled polyester or ECONYL.

Josefina A. Theo founded Casa Raki in 2018 as a sustainable independent boutique brand. Focusing on swimwear and resortwear, Casa Raki is inspired by South America, designed in London, and ethically made by a women-owned couture factory operating in Portugal.

Casa Raki’s swimwear options are ethically made with sustainable materials including regenerated nylon fabric scraps. These swimwear pieces are a great way to support a growing sustainable brand.

Pictured: Marina Bi-Colour Square Neckline Swimsuit
 XS – XL
Price: One-pieces from $220, Tops and Bottoms from $97

The Casa Raki Range

In addition to swimwear, Casa Raki also create resortwear, including sustainable trousers, tops, and dresses made out of certified organic cotton.

Eco-conscious fashion label Mara Hoffman use natural, recycled, and organic fibers to create a wide range of high-quality womenswear, including swimwear, with this season’s snake print designs being a particular highlight.

All of their swimwear is crafted in Los Angeles using post-consumer waste, either recycled polyester (Repreve®) or recycled nylon (Econyl®). Because they manufacture domestically, they are able to reduce their footprint whilst simultaneously boosting the local economy and reducing unemployment.

Pictured: Snake-Print Ruched-Front Swimsuit
 S – L
Price: One-pieces from $290, Tops and Bottoms from $115

The Mara Hoffman Range

Mara Hoffman’s full range includes beachwear, dresses, knitwear, pants, skirts, and tops, all of which are made from recycled materials.

Each piece of Wolven swimwear is made from OKEO-Tex Certified Recyclable P.E.T. This is post-consumer waste plastic that has been broken down and then spun into soft, durable yawn using sustainable manufacturing practices. This process means that each item is made from approximately 25 post-consumer plastic bottles.

Pictured: Noor Bikini Bottom with Noor Off-Shoulder Top
Sizes: XS – XL
Price: One-pieces from $129, Tops and Bottoms from $42

The Wolven Range

Wolven creates sustainable fashion for both men and women. Their range includes tops, bottoms, leggings, and swimwear.