Make a Splash with These 8 Ethical Swimwear Brands!

By October 31, 2017Fashion
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As we get closer to summer and the mercury continues to rise, our thoughts turn to the cool relief of the local pool or favourite beach! So, now is a great time to check out these ethical brands bringing you stylish swimwear to keep your look and values on point.

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If fun and comfort are what you’re looking for – Thunderpants is the brand for you! This New Zealand-based label, best known for their certified organic cotton undies, now have a range of mix ‘n’ match swimmers. Their entire range is made locally and lovingly in New Zealand.

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Elle Evans Coco Bikini in Classic WhiteShips from Australia

Australian designer Elle Evans has created a stunning range of swimwear that balances style and sustainability. She and her Melbourne-based team craft swimmers from a recycled nylon called ECONYL, which consists of pre and post-consumer waste, such as dredged up fishing nets.


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Good Studios Swim Good V Crop in BurgundyShips from Australia

Good Studios specialise in simple, timeless, colour palettes inspired by nature. The Swim Good collection is handmade using upcycled nylon from salvaged fishing nets. As of 2015, their entire range is manufactured locally in Adelaide, South Australia and for every online purchase, a percentage of proceeds goes toward planting a native tree in Australia.

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Shapes in the Sand Blossom Dancer Lace Up One PieceShips from Australia

Shapes in the Sand was born out of an infatuation with Australia’s wild places, and this is reflected in prints such as the hand-painted Blossom Dancer featured above. All of their swimwear is crafted from an Italian fabric using ECONYL and made locally in Sydney. We recommend following their tips for keeping unwanted synthetic fibres out of the ocean when washing your swimwear.

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Camp Cove SwimShips from Australia

Dive into a bygone era with the delicious range of retro-prints by Camp Cove Swim! All of their fabrics are printed in Sydney and each swimsuit is manufactured on the South Coast of New South Wales. Camp Cove Swim also carry a range of boardies for women.

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JETS Swimwear PLUNGED SWIMSUITShips from Australia

JETS Swimwear is a go-to brand for anyone on the hunt for a swimsuit that’s sleek and sophisticated. All of their Australian-made swimmers are certified by Ethical Clothing Australia. This means that their Australian supply chain is audited to verify that workers are receiving their legal entitlements. Jets produce approximately 70% of their swimwear here in Australia.

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Patagonia Fair Trade BikiniShips from Australia

Excitingly, all of Patagonia’s bikinis and boardshorts are now certified Fair Trade! This means that not only are the workers who make your swimwear paid a premium, but they’re also provided with safe, healthy, working conditions. In fact, Patagonia is leading the way when it comes to good labour policies. They also use a high proportion of recycled materials.

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Sunseeker Marlin CollectionShips from Australia

Sunseeker carries an extensive array of one-pieces and bikinis to flatter any body shape. Their collections range from classic silhouettes and minimalist designs to eye-popping on-trend prints. Sunseeker also makes kaftans, singlets, rashies, hats and board shorts.


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Editor’s Note: Ratings correct at time of publication. Good On You did not receive compensation for mentioning the brands in this article.

Feature image via Shapes in the Sand. Additional images via the brands listed and @sophiecostello and @mikaelamctierbrowne.

Kendall Benton-Collins

Author Kendall Benton-Collins

Kendall has over a decade’s experience working in environmental conservation and communication. She’s the creator of Kindness by Design and a member of the Australia/New Zealand Working Group for Fashion Revolution.

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