11 Ethical Swim Brands For Your Summer Beach Days
Summer's in full swing, which means it's the perfect time to introduce you to our favorite ethical swim brands. Whether your street style is minimalistic, 1950s vintage or sporty chic, there's a conscious swim brand for everyone.
Similar to what we did with our top ethical shoe brands, we've broken down our favorite swimwear brands into categories: People and Planet.
People brands manufacture their products in responsible factories, and ensure that their employees are treated with dignity and paid fair wages.
Our favorite planet brands make their garments with the environment in mind. The fashion industry is the third most polluting in the world behind oil and agriculture, and these brands aim to reduce the negative impact we make on the planet caused by manufacturing clothing.
As we always say, you don't have to sacrifice style for responsibility - and you don't have to forgo a gorgeous swimsuit for it either! Take a look at eleven of the coolest brands in conscious swimwear.
Bikyni - People
For any minimalist who prefers to own one classic suit over three statement bikinis, we have your new favorite brand. Designed and produced in LA, Bikyni is focused on quality and minimal design without traditional price markups. They source their fabric in Italy from a mill that's been knitting beautiful, innovative fabrics for over 50 years. Just like VETTA's capsule collections, Bikyni's pieces are best worn mixed and matched with each other.
Faherty - People & Planet
A brand truly inspired by the little outdoor moments that make life big, Faherty creates clothing and swimwear made from unique and sustainable fabrics. Faherty works closely with manufacturers to craft the highest quality apparel, including classically cut swimsuits in fun prints. Shop Faherty online or in one of their six U.S. stores.
Kortni Jeane - People
In 2014, Kortni Jeane launched her namesake brand of USA-made swimsuits. Since then she has been creating vintage-inspired bathing suits that cater to all body types. Aside from women's swim, Kortni Jeane also makes children's swimsuits and menswear, all possessing the same blast-from-the-past aesthetic.
Vitamin A - People & Planet
Ethically produced in sunny California, Vitamin A is committed to both sustainability and quality. Some suits are made with their very own EcoLux™ fabric, a superfine jersey made with recycled nylon fiber that's locally produced in California. They also use XTRA LIFE LYCRA® fiber to extend the life of each swimsuit. Finally, Vitamin A takes the time to ensure that the people who produce their fabrics and collections are treated well.
Vitamin A's love for the environment accompanied by the clean-cut styles of their suits makes us admire them that much more. The Neutra Bralette, Ballerina Wrap Top and Luna Bottom, are a few of our must-haves. Check out their site to see the endless styles and prints they have to offer.
AURIA - People & Planet
Determined to make sustainability a priority from the get-go, Diana Auria founded her ethical swimwear brand in 2013. The London-based brand aims to produce fresh, contemporary designs for their customers, without compromising their environmental and social responsibilities.
The shapes and cuts of AURIA swimwear are classic and versatile. We love the simplicity of the Baywatch Crop Bikini, as well as the 90s-inspired cut and design of the One Shoulder Crop and High Waist Briefs.
Mara Hoffman - People & Planet
After graduating from Parsons in NYC, Mara Hoffman started her lifestyle brand consisting of Women's Ready To Wear, Swimwear, Childrenswear and Bridal. The company was not initially founded upon the principles of sustainability. Rather, Hoffman evolved it into an eco-friendly brand after gaining more awareness about the impact that the fashion industry has on the planet. Read more about their commitment to social and environmental responsibility here.
Mara Hoffman's distinct geometric prints and pastel colors will never be overlooked on the beach this summer. Our favorites include the Tank One Piece, Cutout Bandeau One Piece and Triangle Bralette Bikini Top.
Nu Swim - People
Nu Swim is summer simplicity at its finest. Sourcing materials from the U.S., Japan and Italy, the brand designs their pieces in a California studio and manufactures them in two family-owned production facilities.
Abysse - People & Planet
An unprecedented swim brand, Abysse produces the trendiest, contemporary wetsuits on the market. Fit for scuba diving, surfing and beyond, the brand's Tahiti-born founder, Hanalei Reponty, works in the cross-section between fashion and function. Abysse is 100% made in California and uses the most eco-friendly wetsuit material available.
For a super simple style, the Billie suit is your go-to, and for something bright, check out their Lotte wetsuit. If you're looking for slightly less industrial swimwear but in the classic Abysse fashion, their bikinis follow the same athletic theme.
KORE Swim - People
A modern take on the symbolism of an ancient goddess, KORE represents the strength, power and allure at the core of every woman. Made in America to ensure its quality and longevity, each suit is a wear-everywhere staple to last.
Beth Richards - People
Beth Richards is our favorite athletic-chic ethical swimwear brand. Engineered for athletes with Italian fabrics, each and every garment is made in Canada where they believe in ethical treatment and first world wages for their employees.
AMARA Tulum - People & Planet
Toronto-native and now Tulum-local, Lisa Jackson, is the creative mind behind the sustainable, socially-responsible brand, AMARA. Utilizing Italian fabrics that are made up of 78% recycled post-consumer materials, AMARA works with local artisans in Tulum, Mexico, to craft their elegant swimwear pieces.
What's your favorite swim brand? We'd love to know in the comments below!
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