The Ultimate Guide to Sustainable and Ethical Surfwear - Good On You
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11 Jun
woman wearing TWOTHIRDS ethical surfwear onepiece

The Ultimate Guide to Sustainable and Ethical Surfwear

Picture this: it’s early morning, conditions are excellent, the ocean is glassy, the surf has been epic so far, you’re paddling to the line-up, ready to take your last wave of the day. Suddenly, you feel something brush against your hand. IS IT A SHARK? Nope, it’s “just” a plastic bottle. And another. And another. And another. You get the idea.

Plastic pollution, melting ice caps, overfishing, global warming, acidification—you name it. These issues have been all over the news in recent years. The main message? Our oceans are in danger.

Surfing is a sport closely linked to nature, and surfers worldwide have felt the effects consumption and pollution have on the ocean. Surfers’ concern for the environment is inherent and, although the industry is still not perfect, it has started using more ethical and sustainable materials. Many surfing organisations, like Plastic Soup Surfer and Surfrider Foundation, have also been spreading awareness.

If you’re a surfer who’s looking to protect our planet, then the first step might be to choose better, more environmentally-friendly gear. So, to mark World Ocean Week, we’ve compiled an ultimate guide to sustainable and ethical surfwear that’s totally rad. Shell yeah!

allSisters

Rated: Good
woman wearing light green surfsuit designed by ethical surfwear brand allSisters

Lily Surfsuit – Ships internationally from Spain

Barcelona-based allSisters is a sexy, sustainable swimwear brand that cares about the earth. The brand uses the highest quality recycled fabrics to create high-end swimsuits and raises money for biodiversity protection non-profit Surfers Against Sewage, tackling plastic pollution. Rock these thoughtful, innovative, ethical beachwear designs with pride and prepare to ride the wave of compliments headed your way! We love this sexy and sporty one-piece that will make you look splendid while catching waves, and blends style and function. Featuring a handy strap in the zipper to help you to put it on and take it off by yourself quick and easy. Find sizes XS-XL.

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TWOTHIRDS

Rated: Good
ethical surfwear ochre surfsuit made by TWOTHIRDS brand

Cicia – Ships internationally from Spain

TWOTHIRDS sees itself as a brand for people who are awake and aware of the immense value of our oceans, but also have a thirst for style and substance. It manufactures all its products locally to reduce its carbon footprint, as well as audits all of its final stage of production. Surf sustainably with the gorgeous Cicia suit. Made mostly from recycled polyamide to prevent ocean pollution in the form of plastic. Available in sizes S-L.

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Outerknown

Rated: Good
Outerknown ethical surf trunks

Apex Trunks by Kelly Slater – Ships internationally from the US

Founded by surf champion Kelly Slater, Outerknown is an ethical surfwear brand that aims to blend style and function with the protection of natural resources. The brand is Bluesign certified and has partnered with the Fair Labour Association. A good pair of boardshorts is essential, and these recycled polyester ones are pro-surfer designed and approved! Find the range in sizes XS-2XL.

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Shop Outerknown.

 

Patagonia

Rated: Good
Patagonia ethical wetsuit

Men’s R1 Yulex Fz Full Suit – Ships internationally from the US

Patagonia is THE industry leader for ethical outdoor wear. Its surfing gear collection is the bomb, from neoprene-free full suits to one-pieces and baggies, this brand has got you covered. Plus, it’s Bluesign certified and is a B Corporation. You in yet?

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Shop Patagonia @ LVR Sustainable.

Shop Patagonia @ Labell-D.

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Shop Patagonia Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

Shop Patagonia Kids Pre-Owned @ Retykle.

Picture

Rated: Good
Picture sustainable slides in black

Picture Slides – Ships within Europe from France

France-based Picture designs eco-friendly, organic, and recycled apparel and products for snowboarding, skiing, outdoors, and surfing. These 100% recyclable slides will keep your feet safe from hot sand as you head for the waves. The brand reuses all its offcuts to minimise textile waste and is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation, working to ensure good working conditions for its workers. The range is generally available in sizes XS-2XL.

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Shop Picture.

Rapanui

Rated: Great
rainbow organic cotton surf towel sustainable made by Rapanui ethical surfwear brand

Men’s Organic Cotton Surf Towel – Ships internationally from the UK

This award-winning ethical surfwear brand from the UK makes surf-inspired clothing in a wind-powered factory (WHAT?). Surf towels, socks, and hoodies—you can find everything you need to get warm after your sesh. Sick! Find the range in UK sizes 8-18.

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Shop Rapanui.

Finisterre

Rated: Good
woman carrying black ethical surfwear dry bag by Finisterre

Drift Waterproof Dry Bag – Ships internationally from the UK

Born from the needs of hardy British surfers, Finisterre designs functional and sustainable products for those that share the love of the sea. Its swimwear and wetsuits are made from Econyl or recycled plastic so you can help keep those bottles away from your precious waves, and this handy dry bag made from recycled polyester will keep your gear protected!

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Shop Finisterre.

Salt Gypsy

Rated: Good
woman wearing black high waisted surf short by Salt Gypsy

Betty Bottoms – Ships internationally from Australia

Salt Gypsy is a women’s ethical surfwear brand from Byron Bay—the spiritual home of Australia’s eco-conscious surfing community. The gorgeous, sun-smart designs are all made from 100% recycled nylon, helping to reduce plastic waste in our precious oceans. If you prefer a two-piece ensemble for your surfing, these redesigned high waist surf bottoms have got you covered from XS-XL.

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Shop Salt Gypsy.

Panamuna Project

Rated: Great
deadstock surfboard cover by Panamuna Project

7’4-6’8 Board Cover – Ships internationally from Australia

Panamuna Project puts the protection of the ocean at the heart of everything it does. This independent surf label uses eco-friendly materials, which limits the amount of water and wastewater used in production, like the deadstock fabric used in this fun ethical surfboard cover!

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Loop Swim

Rated: Good
women wearing blue recycled plastic bottles rash shirt by Loop Swim

Oceania Sunseeker Rashie – Ships internationally from China

Loop Swim transforms post-consumer use plastic bottles into phenomenal REPREVE UP50+ sun protective swimwear for men, women, and kids. How fun is this rash shirt made from 14 plastic bottles? It even has thumbholes for major convenience points. Find the range in XS-XL.

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Shop Loop Swim.

Mara Hoffman

Rated: Good
Woman in Mara Hoffman Ethical Surf Suit

Lido Surfsuit – Ships internationally from the US

With a focus on mindful and conscious practices, Mara Hoffman uses eco-friendly materials including GOTS certified cotton, recycled nylon, and recycled polyester, and even has a range of Oeko-Tex STeP certified products. Items come in sizes XS to 3XL, and the brand also has a gorgeous extended sizes collection, so you can be sure to find a new wardrobe addition no matter the bod you rock! For your surfing needs, this one-piece is fully lined with a zip-back closure and moderate lower coverage.

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Shop Mara Hoffman @ Reve en Vert.

Shop Mara Hoffman @ Farfetch.

Shop Mara Hoffman Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

Shop Mara Hoffman.

Not a surfer but love the ocean just as much? Learn how to protect our waters from damaging microplastics with our how to guide.

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