Ethical Swim-/Underwear Brands

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AIKYOU

Finally, there is a brand which focuses only on small busts. AIKYOU is a German label offering innovative, yet timeless designs to keep your breasts looking their best without uncomfortable wires, push-ups, or paddings. Their styles feel wonderfully comfy and follow your every move. The complete range is vegan and fairly made from Fairtrade and GOTS dyed organic cotton. AIKYOU has created a wide range of bras, briefs, tops, and more to take you from every day to date night. They have also developed a special range of bras for mastectomy patients which will keep you looking and feeling super comfortable.

ALLSISTERS

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allSisters swimwear has been built on a foundation of respect for the environment and the female form. Their modern, chic designs often include an artistic element such as a cut out here, or a flash of stripes there. allSisters create ecologically and ethically conscious swimwear for all using high quality Italian recycled material certified by OEKO-TEX®.The material is made from recycled fishing nets and other nylon waste. By repurposing this waste they are not only removing it from the natural environment and preserving the lives of plants and animals that call it home; but they are creating something beautiful in the process.

AMARA

AMARA is all about minimalism. Minimising production waste; minimising their impact on the environment, and providing you with beautiful, minimalist swimwear. Their ECONYL® fabrics are manufactured in a facility that runs on green energy, reduces water use, and carefully monitors their emissions. AMARA then works with Mexican artisans to create their pieces and create meaningful and fair employment. All of their styles are reversible, ready to be mixed and matched, and some can even be worn a variety of ways. This also allows you to minimise how many pieces in your wardrobe when you’re pretty much getting for bikinis in one!

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BIKINI EMPIRE

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Inspired by the surf and travels abroad, the Canadian twin sister Monica and Kelsey Rush started their own swimwear label in 2014 to create the best functional bikini which is ethically-produced, functional, and sexy at the same time. The seamlessly blended collection is modern, comfortable, and inspired by retro designs and bohemian flare – a beautiful combination for the barefoot fashionista. The iconic Bikini Empire pieces are made from the best eco luxe fabric which is ethically-sourced from a certified solar powered factory in Italy. The brand supports their local community and manufactures the whole collection in Vancouver and creates a custom bikini print with a local Canadian artist every season. Check out their latest collection at the link below.

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ELLE EVANS

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!

EMROCE

Conscious consumption is at the heart of emroce’s designs. The way we currently consume is not sustainable and the founder, Emma Churchill, is working to help us have better made, longer lasting pieces. The current surf-ready swimwear collection – Deco del Mar – as been designed with zero waste principles using ECONYL®, a fabric made from fishing nets and other waste. The unique designs have been created with different activities in mind, but all are ready to get out and enjoy the waves.

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GALAMAAR

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GALAMAAR creates gorgeous, environmentally conscious swimwear right in the city of Angels, LA. They have a range of elegant, classy pieces with something for everyone. Want a one piece? No problem. One piece with cut outs? Sure. Bikini, maybe with a High waist? No problem. All of their designs have been created to stand the test of time, from the aesthetics, to the quality of materials and construction. Their high-tech fabrics are made from recycled, discarded fishing nets, helping save our sea life. They try to stay as far away from the world of fast fashion as possible as this is what is having one of the largest impacts on the natural environment

GYPSEA

Gypsea has been created for the wanderers, wonderers, and lovers of the sea. Their unique pieces of wearable art are collaborations between designer Emma Jones and photographers such as Scott Bauer and activists like Sea Shepherd. They are working hard to protect the oceans by creating awareness through their work with activists and creating stunning swimwear that everyone wants to know about. Their styles range from flattering, full coverage and ready for the waves, to cheeky to show off those buns. All of their swimwear is made from long lasting, recycled, Italian fabrics.

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HARA THE LABEL

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HARA creates intimates that are gentle on the earth and even gentler on the skin. They use super soft bamboo viscose fabric which is Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified in their pieces which ensures you, and those who made it don’t come into contact with harmful chemicals. Bamboo Viscose has many benefits over cotton in terms of production which is why HARA decided on it as their key material. They are rethinking sustainability in the textile industry and ensuring it reaches all the way through their production processes. Their timeless, comfortable, and wearable intimates are just the start for HARA, and they are looking forward to what the new year will bring!

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ILBL

Besides the ethics, we know you are always looking for fresh and minimal swimwear. ILBL 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. Photo: Calos Riga, Model: Celia García

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 abundance of #30wears as the fabric endures sand, salt and sea.

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JOSEA SURFWEAR

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Searching for a bikini that’s sustainable, chic, and doesn’t fall off in the surf? Then look no further than Josea Surfwear. No matter your cup size (A-D), Josea will have a bikini or swimsuit for you, without the risk of ‘wardrobe malfunctions’. Their swimwear fits like a sport-bra and is designed by surfers for surfers. Founder of Josea Surfwear, Jocy, wanted to create surfwear that was functional AND gentle on the environment for women who care and want to make a statement. Josea Surfwear reduce waste and ensure quality production by manufacturing ethically on demand in Germany.

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LA LUNA INTIMATES

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From the picturesque Byron Bay region in Australia comes the beautifully whimsical pieces of La Luna Intimates. Their eco-friendly barrettes, pants, and one-pieces are all made from organic cotton. You’re going to want non-toxic, pesticide free materials on your skin, especially in your more… umm.. intimate areas! La Luna’s sustainable pieces are all hand-dyed using only botanical dyes, and each piece has its own unique characteristics. The soft pastel colours connect you to the nature from which they came. They serve as a gentle reminder that you not only wearing something beautiful, but also doing something good for the earth.

LEMON SPICY

Lemon Spicy carefully selects every part of the process that results in their beautiful, eco-conscious swimwear. Being surfers through and through, they know how important it is to preserve our oceans and therefore use ECONYL® which has been created from discarded ghost nets and other post-consumer waste. Their fabric is thick, high quality, long lasting, provides UPF50+ sun protection, and are ready to take on the surf with you. Each one of their styles is limited edition and handmade in limited numbers. Lemon Spicy is working to build a community of like-minded, conscious consumers that they can share the oceans with.

LIAR

LIAR the Label creates eco and ethical timeless swimwear that you can wear for many summers to come. They are working hard to promote awareness and produce ethically made and environmentally conscious swimwear to make low quality, unethical, fast fashion a thing of the past. They use recycled polyester fabric and manufacture in Australia wherever possible to retain these skills within the country while also reducing the carbon footprint of each piece. The less travel there is, the smaller the carbon footprint and emissions created getting it to where it is.

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MANTA

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!

MARVECA BEACHWEAR

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Custom-made, Marveca Beachwear was conceived of a love for sewing and magical coastal and terrestrial beauty of Costa Rica. German native Magdalena couldn’t stay away from the “Pura Vida” lifestyle she experienced on a trip through Central America. Sewing had been a part of her life since she was a child, and she was finding it difficult to find cute bikinis that would stay on in the sometimes-heavy surf of the Costa Rica coast. And so, Marveca was born. Marveca is the epitome of the perfect bikini. Your swimsuit is custom made to your measurements in the style and colour you wish – in an ethical, and environmentally conscious way. Even the beautiful patterns are painted by hand.

MIME SWIM

Mime swim is proudly designed and constructed in Australia from sustainable, Italian fabrics. They wanted to ensure they could oversee the entire process which meant the most transparent place for them to choose was home, Down Under. They work with some of Australia’s best seamstresses to create chic, minimalist bikinis and one-pieces that flatter your curves yet stay on in the surf. Perfect for accompanying you through beautiful coral reefs, or up on your surfboard. Even though they’re made in Australia don’t worry, they ship internationally!

MONSOON BLOOMS

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India-based Monsoon Blooms’ has created a range of women’s and men’s underwear, sleepwear, and loungewear that incorporates traditional Ayurvedic dying techniques. They have expertly refined their “farm to front door” production process to include only the best organic cotton suppliers, manufactures, dyers, and tailors. All pieces are made from 100% certified fair-trade non-GMO organic cotton and dyed in a traditional Ayurvedic dye-house in the forests of Kerala. The Ayurvedic dye process contains numerous steps and can include one or more of over 1200 different medicinal plants. Monsoon Blooms is helping to keep the traditional dying technique of Ayurvastra alive and well. While providing us with clean, minimalistic apparel in a range of beautiful pastel hues.

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NALU UNDERWEAR

The creatives behind NALU have designed an effortlessly contemporary range of bras, briefs, and bodysuits all with a touch of minimalism. NALU’s basics are far from basic. Each piece is expertly designed and ethically manufactured by skilled lingerie seamstresses. The majority of their pieces are made of organic cotton and designed to fit and move with the body. They are therefore free from any bulky padding and wires that dig that may into the skin to ensure a comfortable fit every time. The simplistic colour palette allows mixing and matching of these comfortable, chic pieces.

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OCEALAH

OceaLah has created a range of swimwear to mix and match depending on your style but that will always be sustainable, comfortable, and long wearing. They work with local manufacturers in Spain, use high quality, recycled materials, and donate a percentage of their profits to a Spanish foundation dedicated to protecting and restoring sea life. You can choose from simple block colours or splash out on their cute Octo print tops or bottoms to accompany you on your next island getaway.

OCEANCHILD

Combining functional and fit-focused aspects with the aesthetics of a minimal and fashion forward design, the bikinis and bathing suits from German-based swimwear label OCEANCHILD are designed to satisfy the environmentally conscious and confident ocean lover. All pieces are handmade in Germany to ensure fair working conditions and excellent quality and are made of a high quality recycled fabric from Italy. The fabric is OEKO-TEX® certified and uses a 100% regenerated nylon yarn which is made from collected, processed fishing nets and plastic waste that pollute our oceans. For every piece sold, they donate 50 Cents to an NGO and support environmental and social projects, about which they keep their fans updated on their blog and newsletter.

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RESET PRIORITY

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The Barcelona-based resort and swimwear brand RESET PRIORITY produces exclusive pieces with carefully selected materials. “The pleasure of fine things, on your skin is reflected in each piece”: founder of the brand, Ester Milano, wants to empower women by making them feel confident in unique beautiful designs and exquisite shapes. Responsibly made in Spain and using Xtra Life Lycra® fabrics, all pieces are meant to last one season after next. Super cool: RESET PRIORITY started to work with recycled fabrics from Italy! It comes as no surprise that they have been featured in Vogue Spain, Glamour Bulgaria, Grazia Croatia and more.

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SALT GYPSY

Catch a wave in style with Salt Gypsy’s eco-friendly – and incredibly chic – surf wear. Dont want to wear a wetsuit, but also want to cover up? Check out their innovative surf leggings. These, like all of their products, are designed for the active woman who cares about her impact on the environment. Salt Gypsy founder, Danielle Clayton, has created a wide range of beautiful and functional rashguards, surf leggings, tops, bottoms, and onepieces that flatter the female form, yet still stay on when that accidental wipe-out occurs. All of their pieces are made from ECONYL® yarns and are designed and handcrafted in Australia.

SALT LABEL

Salt has designed their minimalistic, sustainable swimwear with every body in mind. Each piece is created to flatter the female form and can be purchased separately, ensuring you get the best for for YOUR body. Looking for a bit of subtle sculpting? No problem. Maybe a one piece is more your thing? Done. Want to show off those buns? Easy. Salt has a huge range of styles and colours for everyone; designed in New Zealand and made in Australia from luxe recycled, Italian fabric.

SHAPES IN THE SAND

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Shapes In The Sand is an Australian Eco swimwear brand. Founder Alexandra Dash´s love for nature and design and her heart yearning to help the environment sparked her to create beautiful eco-conscious swimwear pieces. Each collection is sustainably hand-made in Australia using ECONYL® yarn. All pieces come with the quality of a long life garment. Besides that, the partnership with Healthy Seas helps to protect our ocean and wildlife. We totally love She In The Sand´s distinctive beautifully colored energetic prints.

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THE VERY GOOD BRA

The Very Good Bra is the first zero waste bra label in the world founded and created by Stephanie Devine in Sydney, Australia. She combines the best of certified organic and sustainable materials with the latest technology. The main component of the bra is made from super soft tencel fabric which comes from sustainably managed eucalyptus forests. Eucalyptus trees require minimal water both during the growth and processing phases. The bra is biodegradable, so you simply can compost the bra in the backyard at the end of its life. The cut of the bra fits any shape and comes in sizes B to E. We love this!

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VATTER

VATTER sources the finest GOTS certified organic cotton to create their huge range of underwear and basics for men, women, toddlers, and babies. They focus on providing high-quality woven, GOTS certified products, which are healthy for your skin while being fashion-forward. VATTER place a high emphasis on sustainable production. Through every step of their supply chain, and through to the conditions under which their pieces are produced. Their packaging is made from 100% recycled materials, and to top it off, printed with vegetable-based inks, therefore are recyclable as well.

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.

VERONICA DREYER

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Empowering women to be the best versions of themselves is at the heart of VERONICA DREYER. Each piece is expertly designed to subtly shape and support the natural female curves. They have designed a wide range of styles to suit all tastes, and especially for those who prefer to cover up a bit more while still looking chic. Their luxe, sustainably designed swimwear takes you through your afternoon by the pool, and into the evening when paired with a skirt or pants, it can be worn for more than just swimming or lounging! All of VERONICA DREYER’s styles are consecutively numbered and part of a permanent collection to emphasise the timelessness of their pieces and slow fashion values.