To me, spring has never felt more welcome than it has this year. While staying at home for the best part of winter meant I didn't really feel the cold through May, June and July, being cooped up has made warmer days—with all their promise of park picnics, late sunsets and arvo beach swims—seem like the little whisper of hope we all really needed.
Right now, I'm vibing the switch in seasons by indulging in a little summer wardrobe top-up. An awesome pair of swimmers is like a nostalgic summertime fragrance, they'll always remind you of days well spent under the sun. And, with summer in Australia reminding us of the tragic and very real impact of climate change, I hope you'll be as keen as I am to buy less and choose well—and pick swimwear that puts sustainability and the environment front and centre.
As well as pioneering planet-friendly fashion, these sustainable swimwear labels also happen to be dropping some of the coolest swimwear of the season, with of-the-moment cuts, inclusive and flattering fits, and trending colourways.
Plan for this season's swim-filled days—here are my picks of the very best sustainable swimwear labels to shop right now.
Peony's swimwear seems to have been designed with a helping of summertime nostalgia in mind. Soft tones and soft details feel like Polaroid snaps, whisking you back to lazy afternoons and balmy nights of summer's past. The Aussie label also holds a deep respect for the ocean we swim in, and has been built with a foundation of sustainability at its core. Fabrics are made entirely from recycled and sustainable materials, and trims, boning, soft removable cups, and corrosion-resistant hardware have all been made to last. Shop Peony here.
From Melbourne, LÉ BUNS is the brainchild of Keisha Dessaix. The swim collection is made with reconstructed recycled fibres, like discarded fishing nets, which would otherwise be polluting oceans and endangering wildlife. LÉ BUNS wants you to choose well and buy less—pieces are designed with longevity in mind, and meant to be versatile too, so you can wear them any way you like. Shop LÉ BUNS here. You can also shop LÉ BUNS organic intimates here.
If you're more of an elegant maillot type of person, or you love a high waistline or a classic halter—Sydney-based Bondi Born should be your new go-to. The label acknowledges that fashion is the second-most polluting industry in the world, but wants to play an active role in reversing that statistic. Their trade-marked "Sculpteur" fabric is said to last up to 10 times longer than regular swimwear, they use plastic-free, recyclable packaging, hygiene labels and swing tags, and everything is made in Sydney by a close-knit group of women. Shop Bondi Born here.
Faithful The Brand
If it's a light and airy spring mood you're looking for—Faithful The Brand should absolutely be your go-to. The Bali-based label takes a slow-fashion approach and everything in the label's arsenal, from its signature floaty and romantic dresses to its cute must-own high-waist bikinis, is handmade. Faithful supports the home industry manufacturing sector, meaning they rely on fewer machines and are able to lower their emissions. Read more here and shop here.
Two Sparrow is another Melbourne-born label with a strong sustainability message. Suits are made using a fabric created out of recycled plastic bottles and fishing nets (Italian-made Econyl) and they offer a special “Recycle Your Kini” service, so you can send back your swimmers to be recycled at the end of their life. Five percent of the label's proceeds are donated to The Ocean Cleanup. All this, and Two Sparrow’s swimwear is also more resistant to sun creams, oils, chlorine and pilling, and it retains its shape. Winning. Shop Two Sparrow here.
As well as having some of the cutest prints around, which are 80s-inspired without being over the top, each Fisch cozzie is made with eco-friendly Econyl. The team also keeps production local and partners with Healthy Seas, an organization of divers that work to retrieve nets from the ocean, which are then used to make the fabric for Fisch's swimwear. Shop here.
For more ideas, suss out this sustainable swimwear label, and their new collection that's inspired by off-grid, springtime camping.
Image credit: LÉ BUNS, Peony, LÉ BUNS, Bondi Born, Faithful the Brand, Two Sparrow
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