We picked our favorite eco swimwear brands from down under. In Australia, the spring has just started and the hot summer is not far. In most of the European and American cities it is still summer and so it is time for a relaxing surf day at the beach. Scroll through to shop these beautiful eco swimwear brands (worldwide) and check our Aussie beach guide for surfers.
1. In Your Arms
In Your Arms create pieces with the creative, curious soul in mind. Their Signature Knit is a unique fabric made from recycled materials, spandex and polyester; it is a lightweight and fast drying fabric exclusive to In Your Arms. Their bikinis and one-piece suits have unique cuts with lines that cross and zig-zag up the back and tie up the sides. We love their latest Summer collection, where they have introduced some new colors and patterns including a gorgeous cherry red, rainbow stripes, and a limited edition bold black and white stripe one-piece. Their pieces are made to withstand multiple summers at the beach so you can get in the abundance of #30wears as the fabric endures sand, salt, and sea.
2. Vege Threads
South Australian lifestyle label Vege Threads who are known well for their every day, trans-seasonal and organic basics, have recently moved into swimwear. While their collection is small, its unassuming and understated style is perfect for fuss-free summer days by the pool or beach. All pieces are made in Australia using Post Consumer Nylon and Extra Life Lycra. Right now the collection is made up of a one piece and two sets of bottoms and bikini tops all in chic black.
3. MGRA Swimwear
MGRA Swimwear combines art with swimwear and sustainability and proudly make their bikinis in a beachside town near Sydney. The patterns on every piece are directly taken from artwork created by Mitch Gobel who creates beautiful and abstract wall art using resin. The bikinis are a simple triangle style with tie up briefs so the print does all the talking. They are made from 78% recycled materials and sustainable fabrics designed to resist a high level of damage from wear and stretching and playing in the sun.
4. Elle Evans Swimwear
Using the revolutionary fabric Econyl, which is made from recycled plastic waste cleared from the ocean, as well as water-based nontoxic inks, Elle Evans is committed to creating swimwear that is truly low impact and safe on the environment. “At Elle Evans, we strive to be as sustainable as we possibly can be, and as we grow so will our efforts in keeping our company low-impact.” Their Summer 17 collection is a bold infusion of neon orange and tropical prints overlaid onto sporty and feminine structures. They have a really cute cropped rashie and leggings, both perfect for surfing or SUP Yoga!
5. Peony Swimwear
Created out of a life-long love affair with the ocean, Peony Swimwear has an effortless feminine style fused with bohemian nostalgia and the simple joys of long summer days. They create pieces that are free from trends and instead focus on timelessness and quality allowing pieces to be treasured and worn for more than a single season (a mindful ode to sustainable living). The lovely new spring 16 collection “Solis” has just been released and includes cute tri bralettes, a unique broiderie anglais in an ink or rose color and pretty new prints doted with flowers or lined with fresh blue and white stripes.
Aussie Surf Spots:
If you’re coming to Australia and want to check out the best surf spots (whether to ride the waves or to simply watch in awe at the coastline and the swell) the most notorious locations for serious wave riders are:
Surfers Point, in Western Australia
Surfers Point in Western Australia, which is home to the famous Margaret River Mainbreak where international surfers descend every year to compete.
Bells Beach, near Torquay
Bells Beach near Torquay, just down along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria is another world-renowned surf spot and home to the Rip Curl Pro each year.
The Pass, in Byron Bay
The Pass in Byron Bay (right near the borders of New South Wales and Queensland) is the most popular surf break on the northern coast.
If you’re not a surfer, no matter, these three places; Margaret River, Torquay, and Byron Bay are some of the most beautiful beachside towns in the world. In Summer the vibe in these towns is infectious, the absolute epitome of summer holidays; salty hair, sunkissed skin, sandy toes and super chilled days. Days, full of peace, love, and sunshine!
Simone heads up digital marketing at Australian wellness company WelleCo, teaches yoga, eats way too much raw vegan chocolate and explores sustainable & ethical fashion through her editorial The Ethereal Edit. She lives beside the seaside in what is apparently the sunniest city in the world, Perth, Western Australia.