Whether you live in tropical Singapore—where its summer all year round—or in a cooler climate, having a go-to swimsuit for pool parties, holidays or even exercise is a must. Swimwear is one of the hardest garments to produce in a greener way but luckily, thanks to innovations in the textile industry, more and more sustainable swimwear options are becoming available. Here’s ZERRIN’s growing list of eco-conscious swimwear brands that ship worldwide that have a great fit, plus combine ethics and aesthetics. Whether you’d want to make a splash in a mixed and matched bikini or a stylish one-piece, this is the guide for you.
1. August Society
August Society is a Singapore-based sustainable swimwear brand that even dips their toe in activewear. They use waste plastic as the raw material for their swimwear, such as single-use bottles, and ECONYL® regenerated nylon fibres. Even using digital printing for all custom prints, to reduce the amount of ink and dye used in the process, the brand works to be sustainable through and through. What’s more, August Society creates multi-use designs that can be worn for swimming and exercise that are reversible and optimal for mixing and matching. From their flexible styles to their majority plastic-free packaging, August Society is keeping swimwear out of the landfill for longer.
Hermosa High Waist Bikini Bottom, $79.90 SGD
Sardinia Halter One Piece, $149.90 SGD
2. Align Swim
Another Singapore based brand, Align Swim, produces their pieces in Bali using high quality, sustainable fabrics that are buttery soft to the touch. Their swimwear is more chlorine resistant and provides UV protection, making them even more durable to extend the longevity of each piece. ECONYL® and Repreve, a performance fibre made from recycled plastic bottles, are Align Swim’s fabrics of choice and all of their products arrive in plastic-free, biodegradable packaging. Align Swim offers minimalist styles as well as bold prints that will make a great addition to your swimsuit drawer.
Quinn One Piece HUNTER, $109 SGD
Bianca Top PONTO, $89 SGD
Ines Bottom ARCO, $69 SGD
3. Ubu Swimwear
Focussing on comfortable, uncomplicated and effortless style for the modern, conscious, active woman, is UBU Swimwear. The Singapore based brand designs functional and fashionable suits that look amazing and are eco-friendly. UBU Swimwear uses ECONYL® and has reversible designs to get the most use out of their pieces. The label produces swimwear in small batches, uses compostable mailers and customers can even opt for their orders to be packed in reused packaging. UBU aims to provide great quality swimwear that women can feel comfortable and attractive in that will last them for years to come.
Eriu BLACK & RED REVERSIBLE, $75 SGD
Anu BLE REVERSIBLE, $65 SGD
Ceres BLUE, $130 SGD
4. Vitamin A
Vitamin A is a sustainable swimwear brand based out of California that creates beautiful and luxurious bikinis and bodysuits. Founder Amhalia Stevens decided to design her own sustainable fabric after being told there was “no market” for sustainable swimwear fabric. The result was EcoLux™—the first premium swim fabric made from recycled nylon fibres. Other eco-conscious textiles like organic cotton, linen, recycled cotton, and Tencel® have also been incorporated into Vitamin A’s production. And all materials are certified to meet the global Oeko-Tex standard for safe textiles. Most products are locally made in California, however, ones that are not are produced with fair trade artisans that provide women with fair-wage jobs in safe working conditions. Their packaging is also 100% recycled, recyclable, and biodegradable. Vitamin A’s classic and sexy styles are sure to flatter all.
Jadon One Piece JAVA SHIMMER, $276 SGD
Demi Top SOL STRIPE, $93 SGD
Sienna High Waist Bottoms BLACK, $164 SGD
5. Bold Swim
BIPOC owned brand Bold Swim is a swimwear brand all about sustainability and inclusivity. Their sizes range from S to XXXL and all their pieces use Amni Soul Eco® fabric, a polyamide yarn with enhanced biodegradability, and are all packaged in recycled and compostable materials. Bold Swim’s pieces are fun and unique but also offer UV protection and ultra-soft. They produce in small curated batches, only three times a year, and all waste is reused for future collections, or sold as individual swimwear separates. Bold Swim does it all with their diversity and sustainability values!
Adjustable Plunge Bikini Set CORAL, $166.25 USD
Textured Bikini Set BLUE ALLIUM, $185 USD
Sophia One Piece BRONZE, $183.75 USD
Perfect for water sport fans, Haikini meets surf-wear with sustainability. The Singaporean brand designs functional, stylish, and affordable bikinis made for adventure. Each set is handmade in Bali and each purchase pays aids to fair wages. Haikini even uses leftover fabric from production to create their packaging pouches! Their prints are all created in house or by local designers and styles are created to have the perfect fit for surfing, climbing, and any other activity.
Strappy Thong Bottom BLACK, $38 SGD
7. VANESSA SPOSI
VANESSA SPOSI creates beautifully fitted and quality swimsuits in an ethical, eco-conscious way. They aim to preserve the beauty of women and the planet by using fabrics infused with antioxidants and OEKO TEX certified textiles: non-toxic for our bodies and the environment. The majority of their swimwear fabric is made from ECONYL® and they create their liners with Vitamin E and soothing Aloe Vera to beautify and soften skin on sun soaked days to help with prevention of skin ageing through deep hydration. VANESSA SPOSI honours the planet by partnering with ‘1% for the Planet’ while producing buttery soft, luxury swimwear.
The Plunge One Piece, €195 EUR
The Classic Brief, €85 EUR
The Square Top, €85 EUR
8. Do Good Swimwear
Do Good Swimwear uses recycled ocean waste such as fish nets, plastic bottles and old nylon to create their fun and functional designs. What’s more, Do Good’s timeless cuts and colours are great for mixing and matching and their seamless items are soft and flattering! A portion of their profits go towards ocean conservation efforts, planting a tree for carbon offset, and women’s mental health and education. This minority run swimwear brand is all about women supporting women and sustainability. Additionally, Do Good produces everything in small batches and they use fabric scraps to make accessories that they donate to women in need.
Jackie Retro Tri Halter Top, $42 USD
Wild Child One Piece, $54 USD
Flower Power Cheeky Bottoms, $42 USD
Samantha is an American studying in Singapore with a passion for sustainability and strong belief in expressive style. When she isn't doing school work, you can find her casually writing or thrifting!