As soon as we can see summer on the horizon, many of us buy countless bikinis in preparation of our holidays, but we rarely consider what our shopping habit is doing to the environment. That’s where sustainable swimwear comes in.
While renting and buying secondhand are great practices, they can be quite iffy to do if your agenda is to buy swimsuits. So it’s great that we have more options for new sustainable swimwear now.
In the past very few earth-friendly bikini brands existed, but as consumers have become more conscious, the number of brands specialising in eco-friendly swimwear has grown astronomically. Lyst report that sustainability-related keywords in relation to swimwear have increased 101% over the last month, with the word ‘recycled’ being searched 211% more in May, and brands are working to keep up with the demand.
If you’re worried that sustainable swimwear won’t be your style, think again. While it might have been beige and boring in the past, nothing could be further from the truth these days. In fact, if you’re willing to spend a little more, these bikinis are pretty much on par with Zara’s offerings. We’re talking bright colours, prints, patterns, and more.
Featuring embellishment, innovative fabrics and even waterproof velvet, these sustainable bikinis are something else.
Of course we’re more than happy to do the research for you, so we’ve gone on the hunt for the most covetable sustainable bikinis you can buy right now. Fisch, Vitamin A and Mara Hoffman are amongst the most-searched-for brands in the category, while we’ve found some chic options from lesser-known labels such as Oceanus Swim, Junk LDN, Stay Wild and Paper London too.
Many of these brands use ECONYL®, a fabric made from recycled fishing nets regenerated from the ocean, or Repreve® Nylon, created from 100% recycled materials, in their bikinis. So if sustainability is important in your quest to look great on the beach, look no further than these guys.
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The Nomad Bikini Bottom, £70, Stay Wild Swim – buy now
Coquillage Mahogany Bikini Top, now $125, Fisch – buy now
Helena Bottoms, £95, Paper London – buy now
Moss Bikini Top, now £51, Vitamin A – buy now
Tracy Bottom, now £53, Vitamin A – buy now
Recycled Bandeau Bikini Top, £122, Mara Hoffman at Net-A-Porter – buy now
Recycled Bikini Briefs, £126, Mara Hoffman at Net-A-Porter – buy now
The Chloe Top, £48, JUNK LDN – buy now
The Chloe Bottoms, £35, JUNK LDN – buy now
Callie Bikini, £280, Oceanus Swimwear – buy now
Duo Jean Bikini, £145, Hunza G – buy now
Smocked Frill Top, £90, Ayla Swim – buy now
High Waisted Bottoms, £65, Ayla Swim – buy now
Rio Top, £59, Away That Day – buy now
Tahiti Bottoms, £69, Away That Day – buy now
Marrakesh Bikini Top, €70, Ohoy Swim – buy now
Marrakesh Bikini Bottom, €55, Ohoy Swim – buy now