2015 Sustainable Swimwear Guide

Editor's Picks, Our Habitude v June 3, 2015

 

It’s unofficially summer, and swimsuits are a must! This season’s mantra: shop consciously with styles that are made from natural or recycled materials, are sweatshop free and/or give back.

Although that bikini bottom advertised for $5 may be tempting, think twice about where it’s being made, by whom (is that person really making a living wage?) and what it’s being made from (our guess: a cheap, uncomfortable synthetic that will most likely end up in the trash).

Ethically made fashions have come a long way and lucky for us there’s a stylish suit for almost everyone. When it comes to swimwear, and exposing those lovely lady lumps, do you opt for something more classic, sporty, or are you one to steal the show with edge? Here are some of our fav, unique and sustainable styles to accompany you by the pool, lake or beach:

 

ONE PIECE

—sporty—

HoloHolo SwimwearThe Femme Fatale Swimsuit

(eco tags: non toxic, sweatshop free)

Femme Fatale One Piece

London-based HoloHolo Swimwear is produced sweatshop-free in the UK. All of their styles are unique and exciting – perfect for more than just a day on the beach. Their fabric is dyed from nontoxic, chemical free materials for ethical, low-impact production.

 
—classic—

HoloHolo Swimwear – The Chameleon Swimsuit

(eco tags: non toxic, sweatshop free)

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—edgy—

Leafy Natural CoutureWhite Halter Maillot with Hand Crafted Tentacle 

(eco tags: fair trade, sweatshop free, handmade)

Leafy Embellished

Leafy Natural Couture uses organic bamboo, eucalyptus fiver, organic silk and organic cotton for their designs. The crochet seen on the bodices of many pieces is made from P.E.T. fabric, recycled from plastic bottles. The artisanal swimsuits are handmade and hand dyed from organic pigments like coffee, plum, mate herb and eucalyptus. Leafy also partakes in fair trade practices, as many of their hand woven items come from fairly compensated community of single mothers in Garopaba, Brazil.


BIKINI

—sporty—

KORU SwimwearSwell Top & Bottom

(eco tags: made in USA, recycled, non toxic, sweatshop free)

Koru Swimwear

Koru Swimwear partners with Healthy Seas, an organization that repurposes hazardous materials from fishing waste, to produce about 75% of their fabric. Items such as discarded fishing nets are regenerated into recycled fibers with another partner, ECONYL. These post-consumer fabrics are then either dope dyed – a special process that does not use any water – or more traditionally dyed, using only recycled water.

 
—classic—

Vesika PiscesClassic String Bikini

(eco tags: sweatshop free, organic, natural materials, upcycled, handmade)

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Vesika Pisces all natural head-to-toe ensembles either consist of organic cotton, recycled polyester or hemp-based silk for a range of ethical production. Their funky and fun designs are handmade sweatshop-free in Ontario, Canada.

 
—edgy—

HoloHolo Swimwear – The Hypnotist Bikini Set

(eco tags: non toxic, sweatshop free)

holoholo fringe bikini

 


Monokini

—sporty—

Vesika Pisces – Zama One-Piece

(eco tags: sweatshop free, organic, natural materials, upcycled, handmade)

Vesika Pisces monokini

 
—classic—

HoloHolo Swimwear – The Cool One Monokini

(eco tags: non toxic, sweatshop free)

HoloHolo Monokini

 
—edgy—

HoloHolo Swimwear – The Dazzler Swimsuit

(eco tags: non toxic, sweatshop free)

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Cover-ups

—sporty—

Vesika Pisces – Tikal Pant

(eco tags: sweatshop free, organic, natural materials, upcycled, handmade)

vesika pisces cover up

 
—classic—

Leafy Natural Couture – Gold Shimmer Kaftan

(eco tags: fair trade, sweatshop free, handmade)

Leafy Cover Up

 
—edgy—

AIBY Craft – Haidy Skirt

(eco tags: conflict free, cruelty free, handmade, natural materials, fair trade, biodegradable, non toxic)

AIBY Craft Skirt

Based in Huelva, Spain, AIBY Craft creates modern and elegant designs that highlight feminine beauty without losing the ecological essence. They work with raw materials that are eco-friendly, cruelty free and vegan and work directly with fair trade communities and artisans to provide a fair wage.

 


 

andrea-photo-1Andrea Plell is EcoHabitude’s Director of Communications and the Editor-in-Chief of the EcoHabitude blog. Since 2007, Andrea has been on a mission to support a paradigm shift in the fashion industry. She currently runs her own PR and ethical fashion production company in San Francisco, CA.

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