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The elastic is literally giving out on almost all of my bathings suits. I think it’s time to get a new one! Maybe a high-waisted number with a palm print? Or a one-piece in a pretty pastel?

No matter what style I get, I know it’s got to be sustainable and/or ethical. Look for recycled polyester, and that it’s made ethically in a country with strong manufacturing protections.

Turns out, there’s plenty to choose from with that criteria!


Made of eco-friendly recycled polyester that is certified by Fair Wear Foundation, these classy swimsuits by the lingerie/swim brand Underprotection are design in Denmark and fairly made in India.

Vitamin A

Made in California, many of Vitamin A’s supersexy swimsuits are made with EcoLux™ fabric, a blend of Repreve® RECYCLED nylon fiber and LYCRA® XTRA LIFE™ fiber for a subtle sheen and gorgeous, long-lasting fit.

Mara Hoffman

Made in the USA of Italian recycled polyester/spandex fabric, these bathing suits have SPF50 built into their colorful, patterned fabrics.


Ethically made in New York City from recycled fabrics, this quality swimwear is super flattering, UPF 50+, and shockingly cheap, for only $95.


The popular athleisure brand ADAY just debuted a reversible one-piece and bikini with a top that can double as a bra. The modern, color-blocked suits are designed with recycled technical fabric made from post-consumer materials such as old plastic bottles.

Shapes in the Sand

(This information comes from Project Just, which does heavy research on sustainable and ethical fashion. It’s very helpful, for journalists and consumers alike, and I recommend you subscribe!) The brand can trace all its 1st and 2nd tier suppliers, and one of its 3rd tier raw material suppliers. Shapes in the Sand states that working with local suppliers enables it to closely monitor production processes and ensure that workers in its supply chain are treated fairly. The workers at its Australian suppliers are paid in line with industry Award rates. materials made from recycled fibre for its swimwear, sourced from Carvico in Italy. One comprises 78% recycled Econyl nylon / 22% Xtra Life Lycra, which it uses for solid colour pieces. The second is comprises 78% recycled polyester / 22% elastane and is used for the brands printed pieces.

Finch Designs

(This information comes from Project Just, which does heavy research on sustainable and ethical fashion. It’s very helpful, for journalists and consumers alike, and I recommend you subscribe!) Finch uses Repreve rPET yarn for its swimwear, a recycled polyester yarn which has a tracer agent that allows its recycled content to be confirmed. It does not allow the use of any hazardous chemicals in the production of its garments, fabrics and trims. All fabric and trims are Oeko Tex 100 certified. Plus, this brand identifies with the slow fashion movement, repeating 85% of its prints and styles year after year to encourage timeless, responsible purchasing. The brand aims for its products to be worn a minimum of 200 times.


Vegan brand Vaute started with coats, but has diversified into summer wear, too, with a range of super cute bathing suits and cover ups. These bikinis are made of 78% Recycled Nylon from old carpet fibers, and are cut and sewn in NYC’s Garment District.


Aura’s young and fun bathing suits are made of recycled polyamide made from discarded fishing nets and elastane.


GREENLEE SWIM is designed and manufactured in Los Angeles, California, and made from 82-83% recycled fibers.


These sleek bathing suits are made with Econyl®, 78% recycled polyamide from post-consumer materials and 22% elastane. The Italian fabric is OEKO-TEX® certified, guaranteeing that it is tested for harmful substances and are made in environmentally friendly facilities and socially responsible workplaces.

Amara Tulum

The fun, print Hotcakes line is made in LA of Italian 78% ECONYL® Recycled Polyamide and 22% Lycra® Xtra Life™. The white one on the left was designed and made in Tulum by local artisans.

X Swimwear

This brand, which falls squarely in the ethical and feminist category, is trying to revolutionize the swimsuit scene with custom, made-to-measure suits deliver perfect fit and make the bathing suit process more compassionate to the 99.9% of us that aren’t models. Styles, developed with attention to women over 50 as well as us young ones, range from a bikini to a bike-short style wetsuit to help reinforce the fact that women have other options besides highly-sexualized styles. The suits, which are named after feminists from Planned Parenthood, Slowdive, garment worker activism, and engineering, come only in black, but women can choose the inner lining color to remind them that they wear a swimsuit for themselves first and the rest of the world second. The suits are manufactured in New York City at a factory with high compliance standards, and have a two-week turnaround. Measurements are taken at a NYC-area pop-up or via the iOS app.

The suits are made with Lycra, which is a petroleum product. “When we began the process, we did an inventory of sustainable design objectives and focused in on making durable suits women could wear for a long time,” founder Sarah Krasley told me via email about this decision. “There are recycled swimwear fabrics on the market, but none are as durable as the material we’ve chosen and with material content that has behavior predictable enough to be converted into math. With this limitation in mind, we found a vendor whose product exceeds the sustainability benchmarks in its class and will continue to seek a material that accomplishes our design and sustainability goals.”

Elle Evans

This brand is so cute, I’ve considered ordering it from Australia, where it’s made. The bikinis are reversable, and the rashguards and swim leggings are mix-and-match. Everything is made of Regenerated ECONYL® lycra.


On top of Patagonia’s swimswear being made from a soft and durable 83% recycled polyester/ 17% spandex blend, all the sewing is done in Fair Trade certified factories.