woman wearing TWOTHIRDS ethical surfwear onepiece
11 Jun
woman wearing TWOTHIRDS ethical surfwear onepiece

The Ultimate Guide to Sustainable and Ethical Surfwear

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Sourcing more ethical and sustainable surfwear to hit the waves in line with your morals can be tricky, so we’ve done the hard work for you and rated and rounded up the best brands for the job.

Inject more sustainability into your surfing

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!


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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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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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 @ Wearwell.

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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 Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

Shop Patagonia Kids Pre-Owned @ Retykle.

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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.


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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Rated: Good

Baja Surf Suit – Ships internationally from Bali

Designed in New York City, SEPTEMBER creates sustainable surfwear and swimwear founded on modernist design principles. Pieces, like the elegant Baja Surf Suit, are made using their signature luxury Italian recycled fabric made from pre and post-industrial waste such as ghost fishing nets.

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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 @ Farfetch.

Shop Mara Hoffman Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

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Rated: Good

Surf Leggings in Pale Green – Ships internationally from Switzerland

Oy’s surf leggings are bold, versatile, and changing the game. Wear them to yoga class or out on the waves. Oy is a Swiss surf brand committed to the development of sustainable, functional, and high-quality surf bikinis, yoga apparel, and activewear.

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Rated: Good
black woman wearing sunset surfsuit ethically made by Seea

Hermosa One Piece – Ships internationally from the US

Seea is a U-based surfwear brand that celebrates waterwomen all over the globe. It uses renewable energy in its supply chain to reduce its climate impact, and incorporates eco-friendly and recycled materials into its designs. Who said surfwear has to be bland? This bright sunset-inspired surfsuit brings both glamour and functionality to the waves. Find the range in sizes XS-XL.

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Shop Seea.


Rated: Good
woman wearing reversible black and navy sustainable surf shirt by MYMARINI

Surfshirt Black-Navy – Ships internationally from Germany

MYMARINI is a clothing brand that offers ethical swimwear and surfwear from Hamburg. Water is part of the brand’s DNA: through the choice of production partners and fibres, it makes sure to conserve as much water as possible! This black and navy surfshirt is designed in a modern cropped style and fully reversible. Sizes available are XS-XL.

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Sagebrush Surf Bags

Rated: Good
colourful upcycled material surfbag by Sagebrush Surf Bags

6’ Fire Coral – Ships within the US

Sagebrush Surf Bags is a brand that offers upcycled board bags built for adventures, surf trips, and daily beach goings, like this fun coffee bag and pink printed one for 6 foot boards!

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