‘Seas the day’ in these sustainable swimwear brands

Women wearing DO Good Swimwear sustainable bikinis at the beach

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. 

Woman wearing August Society sustainable one piece swimwear

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.

Our picks: 

Lovina String Tie Bikini Top REVERSIBLE, $75 SGD 

Hermosa High Waist Bikini Bottom, $79.90 SGD

Sardinia Halter One Piece, $149.90 SGD

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Woman in Align Swim sustainable bikini swimwear

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.

Our picks: 

Quinn One Piece HUNTER, $109 SGD

Bianca Top PONTO, $89 SGD

Ines Bottom ARCO, $69 SGD

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Women wearing Ubu Swimwear ethical swimwear at the pool

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.

Our picks: 

Eriu BLACK & RED REVERSIBLE, $75 SGD

Anu BLE REVERSIBLE, $65 SGD

Ceres BLUE, $130 SGD

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Woman wearing Vitamin A sustainable one piece swimwear

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. 

Our picks: 

Jadon One Piece JAVA SHIMMER, $276 SGD

Demi Top SOL STRIPE, $93 SGD

Sienna High Waist Bottoms BLACK, $164 SGD

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Woman wearing Bold Swim

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!

Our picks: 

Adjustable Plunge Bikini Set CORAL, $166.25 USD

Textured Bikini Set BLUE ALLIUM, $185 USD

Sophia One Piece BRONZE, $183.75 USD

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Haikini

6. Haikini 

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.  

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Las Chicas de Isla Reversible Top DUSK, $55 SGD 

Las Chicas de Isla High Waist Bottom DAWN, $45 SGD

Strappy Thong Bottom BLACK, $38 SGD

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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. 

Our picks: 

The Plunge One Piece, €195 EUR

The Classic Brief,  €85 EUR

The Square Top, €85 EUR

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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.

Our picks: 

Jackie Retro Tri Halter Top, $42 USD

Wild Child One Piece, $54 USD

Flower Power Cheeky Bottoms, $42 USD

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