Summer is almost here and to celebrate its near return, we thought we’d curate a list of eco-stylish swimwear brands from the land down under for the woman who loves to support her fellow Aussies as much as she loves sun and surf.
So without further ado, here are 10 Australian sustainable swimwear brands to dive into this summer:
For eco-luxe designer bikini tops and bottoms, you must check out Baiia. Creating versatile and reversible swimwear made from recycled fabrics – industrial and post-consumer waste such as fishnets, carpets, plastic bottles and textiles – this swimwear is as elegant as it is sustainable. The bikinis come in an array of classic and vibrant colours. What’s more, the eco bikini brand gives you free carbon neutral shipping for any Australian order so you can minimise your eco footprint that extra step further.
2. MAY & HUGO
Featured in Refinery29, Fashion Journal and WWD means this Australian sustainable swimwear brand is doing something right and a glance over at its website and it’s clear why. MAY & HUGO ticks many boxes including ethical manufacture (handcrafted in Sydney); sophisticated swimwear made from ECONYL recycled polyester or nylon, and photo shoots that make eco swimwear appealing to a wide audience from the serious environmentalist to the mainstream style worshipper. For eco-hot bikinis and one-piece bathing suits that are minimalist in design, responsibly-made and eco-conscious, visit mayandhugo.com
Creating a splash when it launched in 2015, Baaby swimwear is known for its classic silhouettes mixed in with funky bold colours. Ethically manufactured in Melbourne and made from eco-luxe Italian regenerated fabric (material woven from recycled fibres), this designer swimwear label has us eagerly anticipating the launch of its SS17/18 collection which is due to be released any day now. Here’s a sneak peek of the sustainable swimwear range modelled by the stunning Jess Purchase that we stumbled across on Instagram…
4. LÉ BUNS
An Australian brand known for its sexy eco-friendly intimates range, LÉ BUNS creates lustworthy eco-conscious swimwear that also deserves a high-five. The swimwear collection is made from discarded fishing nets that have been recycled to create regenerated eco luxe fabrics. Its designer range of bikini tops, bikini bottoms, and classy one-piece cozzies will make you feel beautiful and confident, and even more so knowing that you haven’t harmed people or the planet. So when the sun’s out, why not get your Lé Buns out too?
5. Shapes in the Sand
We featured this eco-friendly swimwear label back in 2014 when we interviewed founder Alexandra Dash and years later she along with her brand Shapes in the Sand is still creating gorgeous and sustainable swimwear from their Sydney studio. The brand pays homage to the natural environment through its use of ECONYL, the way it weaves Australian bush landscapes in its photo shoots and its active role in environmental projects such as beach clean ups and building care facilities for native wildlife. Suitable for women of all shapes and sizes, but definitely wardrobe essentials for the outdoorsy nature girl.
6. Liar the Label
This Byron Bay-based eco swimwear label launched in 2014 and continues to deliver stylish bikinis made from 100% recycled polyester. Featuring trendy styles such as crop tops with macrame detailing through to classic string bikinis, Liar the Label offers eco bikinis for the fun-lover and sun-lover. For an Australian-made product, this eco swimwear label is super affordable too (prices start from $59), ideal for the budget-conscious eco fashionista. A brand that’s good for the planet, good for your body, good for your wallet and supports Aussie jobs – seriously, what’s not to love?
7. Burrows & Co
This swimwear brand is Australian designed and ethically made in Bali. Although Burrows & Co doesn’t completely use 100% eco-friendly fabrics, it does use a blend of Vita – a sustainable man-made fabric made with ECONYL recycled polyamide that can withstand tough conditions – and Italian Lycra. The brand’s also scoring some serious points with mainstream consumers and it’s not difficult to understand its wide appeal: from its flattering silhouettes, trendy designs, use of pastel colours, and clever use of social media to market its wares, this is an eco-conscious swimwear brand letting its designs speak for itself… and the crowd can’t get enough. Want to see more? Visit www.burrowsandco.com.au.
8. MGRA Swimwear
Designed for Mother Nature and sewn for the “girls who want to have fun,” this eco swimwear range is ethically made in Sydney, made from 78% recycled fabrics that are 100% sustainably-sourced. MRGA Swimwear – MRGA stands for Mitch Gobel Resin Art – merges the power of art and sustainability in every bikini and swimsuit it produces. The patterns are directly taken from artwork created by Mitch Gobel which adds a unique quality to these sustainable cozzies. The brand is perfect for the carefree Aussie woman who lives life with reckless abandon.
9. Elle Evans
We’ve featured them before and we’re featuring them again because this Aussie eco swimwear and activewear brand is kicking some serious fashion goals. Tanya Evans and Ellie Evans (no blood-relation) met in 2010 working for a fashion label, and felt they were fated to work together. Thankfully they pursued their intuition and business ambitions because their Elle Evans stylish eco-collections may have never been born.
The swimwear is crafted out of 100% regenerated fabric ECONYL® lycra – man-made yes, but no animals were harmed and at least it uses plastic waste dredged from the sea. Elle Evans eco-swimwear comes in a variety of lovely colours and lush styles. Its bikinis are reversible too and the swimwear is designed to be mixed-and-matched for maximum usage.
10. Vege Threads
This progressive Australian eco-fashion and swimwear label holds a certification with Ethical Clothing Australia, evidence of its commitment to promote supply chain transparency and corporate sustainability. Vege Threads swimwear is made from 78% recycled nylon and 12% chlorine-resistant Xtra Life Lycra to ensure durability and ability to withstand Australia’s hot climate. Featuring high waist briefs, one-piece bathers and twist tops, Vege Threads collection is very limited, offering only three pieces in two colours (black and sea blue) so the range is ideally suited to the eco-conscious shopper who prefers classic, modest swimwear.
So there you have it. Australian sustainably stylish swimwear brands that will help you greet the sun and surf, and help you turn heads – for all the right reasons.
Have we missed any? Feel free to add their names below and we’ll check them out!
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The curated list is based on the writer’s own research and does not fully take into account all ethical considerations that are unique to each individual. Before making a purchase, we encourage you to do your own research paying particular attention to the supply chain and your own particular set of ethics. You can also check out online tools and apps that provide product reviews and comprehensive information here.