08 Feb

The Swimwear Brands Fighting Ocean Plastic

To say it’s been a hot summer is an understatement Australia just sweated through its hottest January on record, while our Kiwi cousins just had their third-hottest month. In these sticky times, the ocean is our friend – cooling, replenishing and invigorating. That’s why we’re horrified to hear that scientifics predict that by 2050, the ocean will have more plastic than fish!

It’s said that every piece of plastic ever made still exists today, and while only a small portion of plastic is currently recycled, more and more fashion companies are doing their bit to fight ocean plastic by turning it into amazing swimwear!

One innovation is Econyl. This fabric, created by Italian firm Aquafil, uses synthetic waste such fishing nets from oceans, recycles and regenerates them into a new nylon yarn that is exactly the same quality as virgin nylon!

So, with our list our favourite swimwear brands that are fighting ocean plastic, there’s no reason you can’t greet the sun, surf and salty air in sustainable style.

Vitamin A

Rated: Great

Amelie Top – Ships internationally

Made locally in California, Vitamin A’s collections of swimwear use a high proportion of eco-friendly materials, including recycled nylon. The brand also uses a waterless process to print its designs with, reducing its chemical and water usage!

Mara Hoffman

Rated: Good

Meli Bikini Top – Ships internationally

Mara Hoffman brings you a great range of swimwear that will last you for many years. Whether you like bright patterns or block colours, there’s something to suit most styles. They’re currently growing their range of pieces Made in America and use of recycled fabrics, like in this bikini top, made of recycled Econyl nylon! Some of their products are Oeko-Tex® 100 Standard certified and many are made from GOTS certified organic cotton.


Rated: Good

Isometric Swimsuit – Ships internationally

Barcelona-based allSisters creates eco-friendly swimwear, using the highest quality recycled materials! the classic one-piece bathing suit features a deep v-neck and low cut back and is also made with Econyl from 100% regenerated polyamide fiber from post-consumer materials!


Rated: Good

Apex Trunk by Kelly Slater – Ships internationally

Founded by surf champion Kelly Slater, Outerknown is a sustainable menswear brand that aims to blend style and function with the protection of natural resources. In addition to making you look like a champion, this trunk, made from recycled polyester is doing good for the environment and keeping waste out of landfills.

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Rated: Good

True North – Vox Board Shorts – Ships internationally

Born from the needs of hardy British surfers, Finisterre designs functional and sustainable products for those that share the love of the sea. Make a splash with these 100% recycled polyester board shorts!

Elle Evans

Rated: Great

Windsor Bikini Top – Ships internationally

Elle Evans produces sustainable swimwear for women and children, made from post-consumer waste fabrics. The majority of its products are made using Econyl as the brand aims at creating as little waste as possible during its manufacturing process.


Rated: Good

Cockatoo Swimsuit – Ships internationally

This playful British brand creates swimwear made from recycled ocean plastic. Its line is entirely vegan and fully certified by Oeko-Tex Standard 100. We love its fun patterns and designs!

Sage Larock

Rated: Good

Laguna Reversible One Piece – Ships internationally

Sage Larock is an LA based brand, designing sustainable, timeless luxury womenswear and swimwear! In addition to using fabric made from recycled plastic, the brand also uses deadstock fabrics to create its high-quality and long-lasting products. What’s not to love?

Salt Gypsy

Rated: Good

Drifter Bottoms – Ships internationally

Salt Gypsy is a women’s surfwear brand from Byron Bay – the spiritual home of Australia’s eco-conscious surfing community. These gorgeous, sun-smart designs are all made from 100% recycled nylon, and the brand traces most of its supply chain!

Editor's note: this article was updated in February 2019. Feature image via Salt Gypsy. All other images via brands mentioned. Good On You has big plans for ethical fashion. To support our work, we may earn a commission on sales made using our offers code or affiliate links.

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