Sustainable and Ethically Made Swimwear Shopping Guide for Women, Men, and Kids

Last updated August 11, 2019

When I first made my commitment to buy ethically made and/or sustainable clothing, swimwear wasn’t something I was worried about. I already had plenty of swimsuits and wasn’t in need of new ones. However, as time has passed and some of the suits no longer fit or have gotten worn out, I have had to purchase some new suits.

Below is a list of the brands I have discovered, including the ones I have personally purchased!

Abysse

Abysse Wetsuit | Sustainable and Ethically Made Swimwear for Women, Men, and Kids | Fairly Southern

[Women’s]
Abysse’s swimsuits and wet suits are made in California out of ECONYL regenerated nylon, made from 100% nylon waste from oceans.

Albion Fit

Albion Fit Hang Ten Crop  |  Sustainable and Ethically Made Swimwear for Women, Men, and Kids  |  Fairly Southern

[Women’s, Men’s, and Kids’]
I have purchased two suits from Albion Fit and love them! Their suits are made in a fair labor factory in Guatemala that uses earth-friendly materials and recycles plant waste. I have also experienced firsthand that their suits are ultra-flattering and tend to be more on the full-coverage side, which makes them great for being active while out in the water!

Aquadiva

Aquadiva purple bikini separates - Sustainable and Ethically Made Swimwear Shopping Guide for Women, Men, and Kids  | Fairly Southern

[Women’s]
Aquadiva proudly touts themselves as a “slow fashion” company, using high quality materials to make suits that last and won’t need to be replaced for a long time. They recycle all waste products in their Australia-based manufacturing facility, and the facility is completely solar-powered. Very environmentally conscious!

Athleta

Athleta yellow gardenia rash guard and bikini bottoms |  Sustainable and Ethically Made Swimwear for Women, Men, and Kids  |  Fairly Southern

[Women’s, Kids’]
Athleta is a Certified B Corp, and 60% of their materials are made with sustainable fibers. They also plan to fully offset the power consumption of their stores and headquarters in 2020. Another big perk of Athleta is that they have over 160 stores brick-and-mortar stores, which makes it easy to go try on their swimwear in person!

Batoko

Batoko lobster swimsuit - Sustainable and Ethically Made Swimwear Shopping Guide for Women, Men, and Kids  | Fairly Southern

[Women’s]
Batoko’s bright and fun suits are made from 100% recycled plastic waste in ethical manufacturing facilities! They also support the Marine Conservation Society.

Bombshell Bay Swimwear

Bombshell Bay custom surf suit - Sustainable and Ethically Made Swimwear Shopping Guide for Women, Men, and Kids  |  Fairly Southern

[Women’s]
Sustainability-focused Bombshell Bay creates custom-made swimwear (including wetsuits and rash guards) to ensure there is no unnecessary waste or extra stock. Their suits are made with ECONYL recycled nylon.

Elle Evans

Elle Evans kids' yellow bikini  |  Sustainable and Ethically Made Swimwear for Women, Men, and Kids  |  Fairly Southern

[Women’s & Kids’]
Elle Evans makes swimsuits to order rather than mass producing, which reduces waste. All products are made from ECONYL regenerated nylon, made from 100% nylon waste from oceans and landfills. The fabrics are also printed with water-based, non-toxic inks.

Greenlee Swim

Greenlee Swm seafoam floral bikini  |  Sustainable and Ethically Made Swimwear for Women, Men, and Kids  |  Fairly Southern

[Women’s]
Greenlee Swim uses recycled, sustainable, and/or biodegradable fabrics for their minimal suits. They also support eco-conscious organizations such as Global Green USA, Heal the Bay, and The Rainforest Partnership.

Jessica Rey

Jessica Rey Swimwear purple and pink kids' swim dress  |  Sustainable and Ethically Made Swimwear for Women, Men, and Kids  |  Fairly Southern

[Women’s & Kids’]
Jessica Rey makes full-coverage swimsuits and swim dresses in sweatshop-free factories in Los Angeles. All swimsuit fabrics are made from 100% regenerated pre- and post-consumer waste.

Jolyn

Jolyn blue one-piece swimsuit | Sustainable and Ethically Made Swimwear for Women, Men, and Kids | Fairly Southern

[Women’s]
Jolyn swimsuits are ethically made in the USA from Italian fabrics. Their suits are made for athletes and are great for competitive swimmers, volleyball players, etc.

MYMARINI

MYMARINI navy and gold bikini - Sustainable and Ethically Made Swimwear Shopping Guide for Women, Men, and Kids  |  Fairly Southern

[Women’s]
MYMARINI produces ethically made swimwear in Croatia and sources materials from surrounding countries to reduce their carbon footprint. All of their fabrics are free from toxins and are produced sustainably.

Outerknown

Outerknown Apex trunks by Kelly Slater - Sustainable and Ethically Made Swimwear Shopping Guide for Women, Men, and Kids  |  Fairly Southern

[Men’s]
Outerknown offers Fair Trade Certified swim trunks made from recycled polyester! They also have a variety of other fair trade/sustainable clothing options for both men and women.

Patagonia

Patagonia navy and teal board shorts  |  Sustainable and Ethically Made Swimwear for Women, Men, and Kids  |  Fairly Southern

[Women’s, Men’s, & Kids’]
My husband recently purchased a pair of Patagonia board shorts for a vacation to the Florida Keys. We are super impressed with the quality and fit! Most of Patagonia’s swimsuits are Fair Trade Certified, and they are the first company in the world to offer Fair Trade wetsuits. They also use environmentally friendly and sustainable fabrics and have taken action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Prana

Prana Xochil colorful bikini  | Sustainable and Ethically Made Swimwear for Women, Men, and Kids | Fairly Southern

[Women’s]
Prana is a socially and environmentally responsible company with several different clothing initiatives, including a Fair Trade Certified line and a sustainably minded line. Many of their swimsuits are made with ECONYL recycled nylon, organic cotton, and/or recycled polyester.

Riz Boardshorts

Riz Burgh Boardshorts - Sustainable and Ethically Made Swimwear Shopping Guide for Women, Men, and Kids  |  Fairly Southern

[Men’s]
Riz is a Certified B Corporation that prides themselves on creating long-lasting boardshorts from 100% recycled and recyclable materials. Their prints are bright and fun!

RubyMoon

RubyMoon pink reversible bikini - Sustainable and Ethically Made Swimwear Shopping Guide for Women, Men, and Kids  |  Fairly Southern

[Women’s]
All of RubyMoon’s swimsuits are made from ECONYL recycled nylon and use 42% less carbon emissions in the production process compared to similar garments on the market.

Summerlove Swimwear

Summerlove Swimwear gold and black bikini | Sustainable and Ethically Made Swimwear for Women, Men, and Kids  |  Fairly Southern

[Women’s]
Summerlove makes their suits from ECONYL regenerated nylon, made from 100% nylon waste. They are manufactured in the USA and even use recycled materials for the advertising mailers!

Summersalt

Summersalt teal and green one shoulder bikini  |  Sustainable and Ethically Made Swimwear for Women, Men, and Kids  |  Fairly Southern

[Women’s]
Summersalt uses recycled materials to create all of their swimsuit fabrics (as well as their packaging materials). The suits are created from 78% recycled polyamide, which is made from recycled plastics, post-consumer materials, and nylon waste (such as old fishing nets).

Swoon

Swoon floral bikini  |  Sustainable and Ethically Made Swimwear for Women, Men, and Kids  |  Fairly Southern

[Women’s]
Swoon ethically manufactures in the USA. Their reversible bikinis are manufactured by workers making fair wages and working in safe conditions.

Tara Grinna

Tara Grinna gold and white bikini  | Sustainable and Ethically Made Swimwear for Women, Men, and Kids | Fairly Southern

[Women’s]
This luxury line of swimwear is ethically manufactured in the USA using fabric made by Italian artisans.

United by Blue

United by Blue board shorts  |  Sustainable and Ethically Made Swimwear for Women, Men, and Kids  |  Fairly Southern

[Women’s, Men’s, & Kids’]
For every product sold, United by Blue removes one pound of trash from oceans and waterways, with over 1.7 million pounds of trash removed at the time of this publication. They also use responsible clothing materials like recycled polyester and are a certified B-Corp, meaning they must meet rigorous standards for social and environmental accountability and transparency.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A orange eco rib swimsuit  |  Sustainable and Ethically Made Swimwear for Women, Men, and Kids  |  Fairly Southern

[Women’s]
Vitamin A didn’t start out as an eco swim brand, but as it has grown, the company has taken action to reduce their eco-footprint. Some of their swimwear is made with EcoLux, a fabric made from recycled nylon. They also use recycled and organic packaging materials and choose local, energy-efficient factories. Finally, Vitamin A partners with environmental organizations like One Planted Tree to do good for the environment.

Friends, I hope this is a helpful guide to get you started as you search for sustainably or ethically made swimwear. If you’ve tried out any of these brands, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments! Or, if you know of any other ethical swimwear brands, please let me know, and I’ll add them to the list with a shoutout to you!

For more ethical/sustainable fashion guides, click here.

xoxo Laura

P.S. – This post is not sponsored by any of the brands mentioned above. Just sharing helpful information with others who want to purchase responsibly!

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