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Every summer, a fresh crop of ethical swimwear brands appear and approve that ethical and eco-friendly swimwear is sexy! We have rounded up the 6 ethical swimwear brands we know will be a huge hype his summer. So if you are looking for ethical and minimal swimwear, you will definitely find your perfect suit or bikini by one of these brands here. Scroll through, to read more about the brands and shop your new summer 2017 piece.
MANTA – Palm Beach, Florida, USA
The American ethical swimwear label MANTA is all the rage right now. The brand is based in Palm Beach, Florida. With its elegant, clean shapes, each piece is entirely made in the USA from recycled nylon and luxury performance fabrics milled in Italy. For this collection, founder and designer Janeane Marie got her inspiration from the sea at night. Her unique prints mirror a story of an evening under the stars, on a far-away island: palm green and deep hibiscus, black marble, stingray, and tropic print of banana leaves. The label´s elegant, subdued colors are sure to have all eyes on you next time you head to the beach!
ILBL & Co – Almeria, Spain
Besides the ethics, we know you are always looking for fresh and minimal swimwear. ILBL&Co has what you are looking for. Founder Carmen María Castro creates beautiful plain one- and two-pieces made from the highest quality Italian recycled fabric. All pieces are locally handmade by a small factory in Almeria, Southern Spain. ILBL&Co overviews 100% of the manufacturing process and the factory is located in the same city as the headquarter is based. The minimal spring-summer 2017 swimwear line is inspired by the sea and the land of the Mediterranean nature. Colors like blue, white and turquoise evoke a warm summer feeling within us that makes us want to jump into the ocean right now.
YEKEKE – Berlin, Germany
YEKEKE is the upcoming urban beachwear brand from Berlin when it comes to sports and sustainability. 100% of the materials are recyclable and sourced in Europe, already 50% of the collection is made from recycled materials. By wearing YEKEKE range, you can be sure to be perfectly equipped with functional clothing for swimming, running, cross-fit, yoga, gym, dancing, clubbing, or simply for shopping in athleisure style. The quirky, edgy, and colorful pieces are inspired by nature and music, the Berlin clubbing culture, as well as personal expressions. YEKEKE was founded by Julia Kuchmetzki, a former DJ, and her all-female team in 2009 that takes care of all steps from designing the collection, production, to managing the shipping right to your door.
PURA – Zürich, Switzerland
Pura is the Spanish word for `pure´ which is the equivalent for what the label PURA clothing stands for: clean textiles and a pure conscience. With her summer 2017 collection, founder Sara Zhinden already established her second swimwear collection. Her motivation is not only to create her own sportswear line which is perfect in style in fit but also to create swimwear pieces which are fairly produced and environmentally sustainable. PURA clothing only uses recycled fabrics sourced from Europe. In cooperation with a local sewing studio, the production takes place in Zürich, Switzerland and ensures apprenticeship training positions for 40 sewers. All pieces by Zürich-based swimwear label PURA are inspired by the colors and spirit of Hawaii and South America. In this collection, you also find 2 bikinis that can be made to measure.
1979 – Berlin, Germany
1979 swimwear is an elegant, understated, timeless, and ethical swimwear brand founded by Suzanna Kuhlemann in Hawaii. With its chic details inspired by the bathing beachwear of the 40s – 60s combined with modern shapes, 1979 meets the spirit of the time. Founded in Honolulu and based in Berlin, 1979 manufactures its entire small-scale collection in Sachsen, Germany under transparent and fair working conditions. The high-quality fabrics are all Oekotex Standard 100 certified and entirely sourced within Europe. Suzanna develops her basic collection continuously season after season (yearly) and complements the basic collection with some new styles yearly. You can order your favorite piece in a huge size range from 34-44 (German sizes).
MYMARINI – Hamburg, Germany
Since successfully launching her swimwear brand, MYMARINI, in 2013, the German native Mareen Burk has already finished her latest collection of swimsuits and bikinis for surfers. The name MYMARINI connects MAR= the Spanish word for sea / and at the same the beginning of Mareen and bikINI. The surfer, nature, and fashion lover Mareen started her own label when she lived in South and Central America. Her goal to create surfwear that combines ethics and function in style for surfers who care is a huge success. Each piece is made from a double layer of Oekotex Standard 100 certified fabrics and is practically wearable from both sides. Each side has a different color and so you will get 2 pieces in 1 which makes spending the money on these pieces even more worth it. The manufacturing takes place in Germany. We also recommend following Maureen’s blog: rollingseafarers.com to read her stories about her life, travels, and MYMARINI.