Sexy & Sustainable Swimwear Alternatives To Fast Fashion
Sustainable fashion has been a growing topic of conversation since the rise in popularity of fast fashion, and it's very easy to see why. But, unfortunately, fast fashion is incredibly bad for our environment and extremely exploitative and cruel towards those who work within the industry.
As more people become aware of this issue, they're looking for sustainable alternatives that don't require them to sacrifice their style or sense of self. This article will be exploring some great alternative options that you can feel good about purchasing!
This blog is for anyone who wants to buy swimwear that will last. I'll review the major fashion brands and their sustainable options and give some tips on how to shop more responsibly.
The first thing you should know about swimwear is that it's not just a summertime garment anymore! It can be worn all year long, so don't feel like you need to save up all your money now to find something cute for this weekend.
There are tons of stores with great deals on cheap bikinis and tankinis right now so take advantage of them while they're available! Shopping online also has its perks- most sites have reviews or pictures of the items before purchase which can help you decide whether or not you like the product.
There's a lot of wasted resources! This is where sustainable fashion comes in. Sustainable fashion is all about buying clothes that last so we can reduce our environmental impact. You might be surprised to hear that there are plenty of sexy swimwear alternatives to fast fashion out there, and I'm going to share some with you today!
We're all guilty of it. We go to the store, see a trendy piece of clothing that we love, and buy it without thinking twice about how much waste is being created or where our money will be going. But there are so many sustainable alternatives out there! Do you want to know what they are? Keep reading...
Do you love summer but hate the idea of spending so much money on swimwear? It’s time to switch your mindset! There are sustainable, sexy alternatives to fast fashion that will keep you looking great and feeling confident. Here are some ideas for how to find affordable beachwear without getting duped by marketing tricks.
Do you want to look good at the beach this summer without contributing to an environmental disaster? You're not alone. The demand for fast fashion has created a supply of cheap clothes that end up in landfills and polluting our environment. But before you start swearing off swimwear altogether, we've got your back!
There's no need for any more fast fashion purchases with these sexy swimwear alternatives to fast fashion!
You can find an eco-friendly alternative in just about every colour, style, and price range - whether you're looking for something cute for your next vacation or you're trying to upcycle some old clothes into new bikinis. Continue reading now if you want to learn more!
How many times have you gone into a store, seen an adorable bathing suit that would look perfect on you but it's too expensive? Then, you go home and forget about it because of the price. But what if I told you there are some affordable alternatives to fast fashion?
Let's get started!
Sexy & Sustainable Swimwear
Who says you can't have both? Raise your hand if you've purchased a swimsuit from a fast-fashion retailer in the past, only for it to fade, snag or stretch out after a few wears.
As a person who loves looking stylish poolside, I've purchased several cheap bikinis that never held up after repeated exposure to sun, chlorine, or saltwater. If you need a new swimsuit this summer but want to take a sustainable approach, below are sexy and sustainable alternatives to fast fashion.
The below sustainable swim brands are proof that you can do right by the Earth and score a super pretty high-waisted bikini or one-piece simultaneously. So now, when you get compliments on your beach 'fit, you can tell them all about it!
(Of course, although more and more people are getting vaccinated, we're still in the middle of a pandemic. So if you ARE hitting up a pool or beach this summer, be conscious of those CDC guidelines, wear a mask, and keep your distance from others. Just your friendly reminder!)
Baiia is famous for its sustainable wrap suits. These stylish yet durable swimsuits are reversible and transform into different styles with the help of a handy waist tie.
This one swimsuit can be worn in several ways, meaning you get multiple swimsuits for the price and output of just one. Moreover, their supportive fabric offers bust control for cup sizes A to H, uses recycled nylon, and has ethical manufacturing practices. What more can a girl ask for?
Fabric | All of their materials are sourced from industrial and post-consumer waste such as fishnets, carpets, plastic bottles, and textiles. Their high quality, recycled fabrics are also Oeko-Tex certified to ensure no harmful substances are used in the fabrics.
Production | All of their swimwear is cut and sewn in China at a manufacturer that aligns with Baiia's social responsibility and environmental consciousness mission. Their seamstresses are encouraged to take their time with each garnet as they are not paid based on the amount produced.
2. Coral Secret
This super chic multi-brand label is based out of Singapore and only retails items from socially responsible companies. All of its resort wear and accessories are made of natural and sustainable fibres. At the same time, its hat and bag designs are unique, handcrafted and dyed by eco-friendly vegetable dye, which is azo-free.
It also preserves the ancient techniques of its artisans – their designs are inspired by the exploration of eastern and western traditions interwoven in unique and original pieces. Thanks to this, you can be 100% sure that no one else will be upstaging you.
Reformation is the place for sustainable and trend following swimsuits. Whether it's animal print you're loving or smocking, they'll have it.
They make their suits out of econyl and have a sustainable production process that saves on waste, water, and carbon compared to a typical fashion company.
Fabric | Made of 78% ECONYL Regenerated Nylon and 22% Elastane. ECONYL Regenerated Nylon combines 100% nylon waste such as fishing nets, carpet fluff, and fabric scraps rescued from either oceans or landfills.
As a bonus, ECONYL Regenerated Nylon is Oeko-Tex certified – meaning no hazardous chemicals are used in dyeing the fabric.
Production | They ensure fair, safe, and healthy working conditions for their manufacturing team. Over 60% of their products are cut and sewn in their LA partnered factories.
4. Deakin and Blue
Deakin and Blue have been praised for their commitment to sustainability and being a body-positive company on a mission to make women of all shapes and sizes look and feel incredible.
Every swimsuit and bikini in three distinct silhouettes based on body shape and bust size, from size 8-20 and cup size AA-HH. All fabrics used in their pieces are made from fabrics created with regenerated ocean waste. They even offer a repair service on all items promoting longer-lasting buying habits.
5. Ubu Swimwear
Ubu produces modern yet timeless and fashionable swimwear that's designed entirely in-house using luxurious eco-friendly Italian fabric.
It’s more resistant to chlorine, sun creams and oils than alternatives and has the highest possible UV protection rating (UPF 50+) but without ever sacrificing look and feel (they are soooo soft).
Bikinis can be mixed and matched, and swimsuits are made to last for seasons to come, with many styles coming in a reversible print.
It also sells highly versatile and in vogue Turkish towels and an organic bikini wash that's an all-natural, eco-friendly, wonderfully smelling and affordable liquid soap for swimwear and delicates.
Ohoy's latest collection is inspired by bombshells like Brigit Bardot and Cindy Crawford. Made from Econyl, their collection comes in gorgeous nature-inspired hues. Ohoy swimsuits will have you looking like a bond girl and feeling like an eco-warrior.
All pieces are made with 100% ECONYL® yarn coming from discarded nylons, including fishing nets collected from the sea. 1% of OHOY sales goes to support the recovery of nets by volunteer divers.
7. Novah Swimwear
Fabric + Shipping | Made from regenerated and sustainable fabrics such as recycled nylon. They rescue, purify, revive and recycle discarded materials as their source fabric. Instead of packaging their suits in plastic for shipping, Novah opts for recycled mailers and tissue paper packaging.
Production | Their products are cut and sewn by a small family-owned business in Europe that uphold high standards of ethics, working conditions and environmental responsibility.
One of the brand's goals is to eliminate plastics entirely from its footprint in two years. I love to see it! The suits also come in various colours, like yellow, orange, lime green, and this stunning red.
9. August Society
August Society is a fun-loving brand that makes bikinis from recycled waste plastic that would have ended up in a landfill, or worse, the ocean. It collected plastic waste purified into raw material and spun into yarns before turning into a fabric.
The magic happens in a Balinese factory that treats and pays its employees well (twice more than the minimum, in fact). As a result, every piece captures that effortless joie de vivre that spirits the brand.
10. Ocean Positive by Fourth Element
The range has a collection of wetsuits, swimsuits and bikinis in tropical-inspired colours and prints.
Fourth Element has sustainability at the forefront of everything they do, from products to packaging and professional practices. Fourth Element uses recycled nylon from ghost fishing nets to make their garments. The range is made in Mexico at a small family run business.
11. Solid & Striped
Solid & Striped is a popular swim brand that has a whole section for a sustainable swim, so you can find cute suits (like this tropical one-shoulder style!) that use recycled materials and reduce the carbon footprint of fabric production by a whopping 80 per cent.
12. Amara Tulum
Amara Tulum encourages a lifestyle of freedom and abundance, full of turquoise oceans, freshwater cenotes, pink rivers and blue lagoons while doing things a little differently – and this is apparent through its swimwear designs that cultivate a conscious lifestyle.
From concept to creation, it wants to teach the world to do more with less, which starts with reducing its impact without compromising luxury or aesthetics.
It utilises smart designs to create infinite possibilities within the collections that encourage style and individuality without harming the planet. It is sourced from fishing nets recovered from our oceans. It's milled in a facility that works to reduce pollution, protect green spaces, preserve water & monitor emissions.
Fabric | Their Italian fabric suits are comprised of materials such as ECONYL (regenerated nylon) and LYCRA® XTRA LIFE™ (durable elastic).
Production | All of their fabric is constructed in an eco-friendly facility that strives to reduce pollution, protect green spaces, and monitor emissions.
Based out of Tulum, Mexico, Amara pledges to support the local community by hiring local artisans to produce the garments and paying seamstresses livable wages.
Rimmba makes their clothes with no intention of them ending up in the landfill. Using the luxury material Carvico Vita makes durable swimsuits that are UV, chlorine, and sunscreen resistant.
Don't fret when you find that your Rimmba swimsuit is not getting as much love as before. Just head to their Instagram to learn how to repurpose your soft suit into a Once Loved Clothes Pillow Case!
14. Stay Wild Swim
Stay Wild Swim is a women-owned business, and all their swimsuits are made of regenerated ocean plastic using the most sustainable practices possible. In addition, its suits are made of econyl, and every part of its product, including the tags, are recycled and recyclable.
One of the most interesting projects in the city of Barcelona. AllSisters has been a reference point for years in the manufacture of eco-friendly swimwear and bikinis. It is a brand exclusively for women, and they use top quality recycled materials for all their products.
Fabric | Constructed of recycled fabrics that carry the OEKO-TEX® certification to guarantee no harmful substances are used in the materials or leaked into the environment.
Production | allSisters places significance around preserving the natural environment and manufacturing their garments in ethical facilities.
16. Mara Hoffman
A brand that stands out for its work in the choice of materials and production processes when manufacturing its swimwear. All are made from recycled polyester and nylon, manufactured in the United States and produced under fair trade conditions.
Mara Hoffman is known just as much for her eye-catching prints as she is for her sustainable practices. All of its manufacturing processes consider the environment and the impact on workers to make a positive change.
Happy colours and flattering cuts can be found when shopping for swimwear at Mara Hoffman. They use two different fabrics for their swimwear.
Their solid swimwear is made using Econyl, and their textured swimwear is made using Repreve, a recycled plastic polyester fibre made out of recycled water bottles. The styles made with Repreve also have a smaller carbon footprint because the process uses less water and energy.
17. Follow Suit
Follow Suit is a brand that works with a local female-run factory in New York City. It uses compostable and recycled packaging to ship its items. Its digitally printed fabrics cut down on water and energy use. Lovin' the colours on this pretty pattern, here.
18. Tropic Of C
This swimwear line from Candice Swanepoel takes notes on how she feels about her swimsuits and comes up with this bold collection.
It mixes old-world European Elegance with the ease and style of the Brazilian swimwear scene and adds a sustainability component as well! Half of the line is made with Econyl, and every suit comes in a biodegradable bag.
Within this highly lustful swimwear collection designed by Victoria’s Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel, you’ll find an elegant and sustainable swimwear collection inspired by vintage silhouettes with a modern approach.
High cuts paired with muted and neutral colours make up the brand's few eponymous pieces designed to go beyond the beach and look good when styled with clothing.
Launched this year, sustainability is at the core of the collection with fabrics made from regenerated nylon that turn waste problems into fashion solutions.
Eco-friendly methods are employed at every step of the way to lighten the environmental footprint a little more each time.
Furthermore, the packaging is 100% recycled paper hang tags, ‘tree-free’ stone paper packaging, and biodegradable plastic garment bags. $100 eco sets are also available to help clean the oceans.
Agnes Fischer spent her childhood snorkelling in coral reefs in the Caribbean. (Which sounds super idyllic). But it's not as idyllic anymore because those coral reefs are now rapidly dying and being destroyed.
In response, she started researching sustainable fabrics for her swimwear collections. Now she uses Econyl that is woven in Lombardy. The production factory is only two hours away, which helps limit their carbon production too.
Swedish designer Agnes Fischer makes her swimwear from Econyl, which is a recycled nylon fabric using fishing nets. The '80s inspire her designs, and you'll find lots of fun prints, like this wavy blue one here.
Fabric | Londre utilises sustainable textiles for the production of their swimsuits.
Production | The products are manufactured locally in Vancouver, BC, and all of their shipment packaging is either biodegradable or reusable.
Chasing waves but still can't seem to track down sustainable surfwear? September caters to all the surfer girls out there, featuring a luxurious recycled fabric made from 100% regenerated nylon yarn sourced from fishing nets and carpet fluff.
Alongside selling bikinis and one-pieces tailored for active movement, it also sells rash guards, which are perfect for protecting your skin while waiting for the next big wave to arrive.
Rielli swim label is made-to-order, so it stops excess fabric waste that happens from unsold inventory. Also, its smocked styles are super soft and come in tons of other hues like marigold, cobalt, and chocolate brown.
23. Jade Swim
All of Jade Swim's styles are made in the US, and workers are compensated with a living wage. The brand also uses upcycled fabrics and employs local vendors to cut down on emissions.
Versatile swimwear that doubles as an off the beach bodysuit or crop top. The styles are clean, and the fabric is technical, luxurious, and sustainable. They are perfect for any streamlined vacation.
The suits also have shape retention technology, so they are super sculpting. Jade Swim designs in NYC and produces their suits in LA. They use both deadstock fibres and Econyl.
24. Vitamin A
California vibes. This is the perfect swimwear brand if you are looking for that tiny bikini. They design and produce locally in California with their own EcoLux recycled nylon fabric.
They print their suits with digital printing to reduce water waste. They also incorporate other sustainable materials like tencel, linen, and organic cotton into their collections.
Sleek lines and zesty colours combined with sustainable and ocean-friendly fabrics. Vitamin A puts ethical business first, from materials to packaging and distribution.
Vitamin A sustainable high-performance fabrics and eco-conscious textiles like organic cotton, linen, recycled cotton and Tencel®.
Fabric | Vitamin A uses three different types of fabrics made from recycled materials such as discarded plastic drink bottles, salvaged nylon, and plant-based raw materials sourced from castor beans. All fabrics are Oeko-Tex standard certified, which confirms their textile safety standards.
Production | All products are manufactured locally in California in an energy-efficient facility, and all workers are treated fairly under US labour laws.
A blend of recycled nylon and Lycra never looked so good. Vitamin A's suits come in SO many colours and patterns that it'll be hard to choose just one.
Batoko makes its swimsuits out of 100% recycled plastic waste that otherwise would have ended up in landfills or oceans. As a result, its swimsuits are durable, lightweight, and have full coverage.
So there’s no need to worry about any slippage while going on all sorts of adventures in them. It even sells matching swimsuits for children so that you can twin with your mini eco-warrior!
26. Davy J
"Made to survive a dive", these swimsuits don't just look striking; they are designed with the active beach babe in mind. Davy J swimwear is designed to last and is made from 100% regenerated waste. They are also planning to launch a recycling scheme to close the loop.
27. Slo Active
Slo Active is passionate about slow fashion and about the ocean. They use ‘Yulex Pure’ they use to make their swimsuits, a plant-based alternative to traditional petroleum-based neoprene that wetsuits are typically made from).
Their collection is small but perfect, and their classically beautiful pieces are a purchase to stand the test of time.
Lemlem’s printed swimsuits are perfect for spring and summer. The brand also does its part to help local artisans across Africa thrive, empowering and employing women in the growing textile and fashion industries across the continent.