We’ve seen it with our skincare, fashion and food choices, but now the swimwear industry has also taken note: Sustainable practices are officially en vogue. So now you can rock a bathing suit that doesn’t just look good but also does some good. Here are eight trendy swimsuits from some of our favorite eco-friendly brands that are doing more than just creating chic swimwear.
Summersalt Deep Dive One-Piece
Why we love this suit: Before forming the brand, Summersalt founders took more than 1.5 million body measurements from 10,000 women to ensure that designs like this plunge one-piece would fit pretty much everybody, with sizes ranging from 2 to 16. This suit features boob support, full backside coverage and a hint of compression to keep everything in place. Basically, it’s everything we’ll ever need while baring it all at the beach.
Sustainable practices: Made with recycled textiles; shipped in reusable bags
Alyned Together Plunging Tie-Front One-Piece Swimsuit
Why we love this suit: Alyned was founded on the principle that there should be stylish options for everyone, and their sizes range from 0 (XS) to 28 (3X). The brand also donates a portion of the proceeds from certain suits to 1% For The Planet, which supports ocean conservation. This one-piece features an adjustable waist tie that allows you to fake an hourglass shape or enhance what you already have. Plus, it also has a hidden elastic at the front and back under the bust for added support where we need it most.
Sustainable practices: Made from recycled polyester; hosts regular beach cleanups in various neighborhoods
Athleta Asym Color-Block Bikini
Why we love this suit: We already know and love Athleta for its cool workout clothes and chic travel gear, but did you know that 85 percent of its swim collection is sustainable, including this bold, sporty bikini? Not to mention this action-ready style also features clean finished seams that won’t chafe or pinch, whether you’re catching up on trashy gossip magazines or you’re on your second game of beach volleyball. Add to that a range that accommodates plus, petite and tall sizes, and you’ve got a clear winner in our book.
Sustainable practices: Uses two eco-friendly fabrics, AquaRib (made of ECONYL fabric, which is 100 percent regenerated nylon fiber from fishing nets) and H2Eco Swim Fabric (made from recycled nylon); has diverted more than 72,264 kilograms of waste from landfills
Vitamin A Ribbed Bikini
Why we love this suit: This California-based brand is a member of 1% for the Planet, and gives back a portion of proceeds to environmental organizations who work to protect our oceans. Vitamin A also offers a wide range of styles to fit all different tastes, whether you prefer to avoid tan lines with a bandeau and an itty-bitty bottom, like this ribbed pair, or crave more coverage with a cap-sleeve one-piece. Void of any ties, clasps or hardware, this minimalist bikini is one of the comfiest swimsuit designs for marathon beach days that turn into p.m. boardwalk drinks. Oh, and the periwinkle hue is flattering on just about every skin tone.
Sustainable practices: Made with EcoRib (produced locally in California using recycled nylon fiber to conserve resources)
Galamaar Braxton Cutout One-Piece Swimsuit
Why we love this suit: Galamaar is best known for its classically chic and timeless silhouettes in fresh, fun color combinations. But this one-piece takes the cake with its black-and-white color-block design and side cutouts that make it feel like a bikini (and won’t leave any weird tan lines on your back).
Sustainable practices: Materials used are all waste-to-wear (meaning they are made from recycled fabrics like nylon fishing nets that are removed from global waterways), including pad inserts made locally in L.A., recycled hang tags, regenerated mixed metal hardware and eco-packaging materials
Mara Hoffman Gamela One-Piece
Why we love this suit: An oldie but still a goodie, NYC-based designer Mara Hoffman has set agreat example over the years as a company that recognized the negative impact it was having on the environment. She and her team then set out to implement changes to the way they produce each bold, colorful design. Take this tropical-inspired one-piece, for example: Its botanical print brings classic vacation vibes, while the adjustable straps are a petite woman’s dream (no more annoying slippage). Plus, the self-tie waist belt is attached to the suit, so it won’t get lost at sea.
Sustainable practices: Made from eco-conscious materials (like Tencel, organic cotton and recycled fabrics)
Reformation Brittany One-Piece
Why we love this suit: Since its launch, Reformation has been up-front and honest about the good and the bad of creating a sustainable brand. They explain, “There isn’t a fabric solution yet that doesn’t result in more plastic in our oceans and landfills—but there’s hope!” They’re talking about the microplastics that are shed from swimwear when it’s washed and often end upback into the oceans. However, this high-neck animal-print swimsuit is made from ECONYL regenerated nylon rescued from oceans and landfills (think fishing nets, carpet fluff and fabric scraps), so it’s a step in the right direction. Coupled with the fact that you will help save 21 pounds of carbon dioxide, 24 gallons of water and 3.5 pounds of waste with the purchase of this exact suit, it’s a no-brainer.
Sustainable practices: Made using a combination of deadstock, textiles made from renewable plant materials and recycled fabrics like ECONYL
madewell Second Wave Bikini
Why we love this suit: Just when we thought we couldn’t love Madewell any more, it went ahead and launched a line of eco-friendly swimwear. The brand’s other efforts include a mostly size-inclusive collection where everything is less than $100, like this retro floral bikini that’ssure to garner more than a couple likes on the ’Gram. Both the top and bottom are made from three and a half water bottles, so the full suit saves seven single-use bottles from littering our planet. The flattering high waist and the top’s thick straps are sure to keep you tucked in, without the fear of a seaside wardrobe malfunction.
Sustainable practices: Uses fabrics made from recycled water bottles
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