Unless you’ve been chilling under a rock this year, you’ll know that fashion is making moves to fix its environmentally hazardous ways.
Fast fashion, for all its convenience, is a major (major) inconvenience for the health of the planet. But the industry is trying to change. For example, at the G7 Summit earlier this year, big brands like Nike, Gucci and H&M all signed onto a sustainably-centred “Fashion-Pact” to carve a new way forward.
And at the same time, a new wave of sustainable swimwear has washed in, with recyclable fabrics and a "buy less, buy well" frame of mind—all just in time for summer. And we say, if you’re looking to up the ante on your beach look this summer, you should absolutely select labels working hard to lower their impact on the world around them.
The best part? These sustainable swimwear labels also happen to be dropping some of the coolest swimwear of the season, with sick cuts, inclusive and flattering fits, and trending colour ways.
Behold, the very best sustainable swimwear labels to shop right now.
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.
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. The 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. Read more here.
Shop Bondi Born here.
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.
For iconic Aussie label Tigerlily, sustainability has always been a core part of its ethos. In 2019, they became one of the first brands worldwide to develop its own recycled swimwear lining and, as part of a new brand direction for their 20th anniversary, Tigerlily revealed an ever deeper commitment to sustainable practices. Read more about their approach to sustainability here.
Shop Tigerlily here.
Sportsgirl Eco Swimwear
Just in time for summer 2019, Sportsgirl has taken the plunge so to speak with a new eco swimwear collection. Made from recycled bottles with Repreve fabric, there are three core styles to choose from: a black one-piece, a pastel-hued tie-dye long sleeve rashie and a statement crop zip front rashie with printed long sleeves.
Shop Sportsgirl eco swimwear 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.
Ethical label Kowtow's latest swim collection is sleek. It's been inspired by Italian artist Bruno Munari’s precise clean lines and geometric shapes and each suit frames and contours seamlessly. As well as being timeless and transporting you to the pebbled shores of the Amalfi, like Two Sparrow, each piece has been made with ECONYL.
Shop Kowtow here.
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Image credit: LÉ BUNS