Searching for affordable sustainable swimwear is not easy! Finding a suit that’s flattering, timeless, made ethically from eco-friendly materials and is also not exorbitantly expensive is challenging, to say the least.
On my search, though, I’ve come across many incredible eco-friendly and ethical swimwear companies with fantastic quality suits at affordable prices.
Now, I will say that “affordable” is relative. I’m not going to show you “cheap” swimsuits but rather brands with great value that sell ethically made, quality swimwear for a fair price. Because let’s be honest—that $5 bikini will likely fall apart after a few wears anyway, if not sooner. (I once bought a suit from Target in middle school that literally fell apart before I even wore it out of the house!)
What is Sustainable Swimwear?
Well, for one, quality is key. Because the longer you keep your suit, the fewer you’ll need to buy in the future! It can be difficult to determine quality when shopping online, but I always look at what fabric is used (ECONYL® is a fantastic sustainable + luxurious material used in swimwear). Then, I try to find as many reviews as possible to figure out if that particular brand has long-lasting swimwear.
Also essential: eco-friendly fabrics. You’ll see that most of the suits from these brands use regenerated and recycled synthetic fabrics. This is because though natural fibers are generally preferable, synthetics like polyester and nylon are great for performance.
So, in order to have a suit that can withstand the pool, sea, and sand without damaging the environment… recycled and regenerated synthetics are a great solution.
Just be sure to use a Guppyfriend Washing Bag so that microfibers don’t get released when washing your synthetic fabric suits!
And then bonus points if a brand has other sustainability initiatives. See if they use renewable energy at their factories, purchase carbon offsets for their energy use, or donate regularly to environmental nonprofits.
This guide includes partners and affiliates. As always, we only include brands that meet rigorous standards for sustainability that we love — and that we think you’ll love too!
Where to Find Affordable Sustainable Swimwear
Do Good Swimwear creates colorful suits in classic and comfy cuts. The eco swimwear brand uses ECONYL, regenerated nylon made from ocean waste like discarded fishing nets, and each suit is designed with timeless shapes, making them easy to mix, match, and love for many summers to come. Adopting a slow fashion mindset, Do Good Swimwear’s pieces are made in a local manufacturer for maximum transparency and minimal waste.
Do Good Swimwear also has quite a few give-back projects: they donate to Trees for the Future (plants trees and focuses on enriching soil), Surfrider Foundation (ocean conservation organization), and Tahanan (women’s crisis center in the Philippines), and Women’s Global Empowerment Fund (micro finance loans for women and education for girls).
Separates: $36+ | One-Pieces: $54+
Size Range: XS – L
2. Con Cariño
Sexy, flirty, and digitally printed with tropical designs inspired by Kauai, Con Cariño’s sustainable swimwear will make a stunning addition to your beachwear collection.
Each suit is ethically handmade by the founder’s family in Venezuela in Con Cariño’s own workshop! This ensures both transparency and high production quality. Their suits are all double-lined and made with a Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX® certified luxury fabric made from recycled plastic bottles.
Beyond their in-house sustainability practices, the ethical swimwear brand donates 25% of every sale to Maniapure Foundation, a nonprofit working with local Indigenous communities in Venezuela.
Separates: $40+ | One Pieces: $110+
Size Range: XS – XL
Your favorite inclusive eco activewear brand also has affordable sustainable swimwear!
Girlfriend offers sporty swimwear in a variety of fits — from high rise bottoms and wrap tie one-pieces to strappy string tops and cheeky bikini bottoms.
Their suits are made from ECONYL® regenerated nylon and are available in a variety of classic solid colors that you’ll love rocking summer after summer.
Separates: $45+ | One-Pieces: $95
Size Range: XXS-6XL
Wolven creates eco-friendly suits with fun, colorful geometric-inspired designs that will transport you to faraway tropical destinations without the carbon footprint. Each of the brand’s bold swimsuits is made with OEKO-TEX certified recycled P.E.T. fabric crafted from recycled plastic bottles.
The swimsuits from Wolven are also versatile — many of their suits are reversible and/or can be flipped front to back for a different take on the same suit! This one-piece can even be worn eight (!) different ways.
Separates: $52+ | One-pieces: $128+
Size Range: XS – XL
Summersalt’s eco-conscious suits are all made with 78% recycled polyamide that’s crafted from post-consumer plastic and nylon waste, including fishing nets.
And, this sustainable swimwear brand is committed to a great fit — they took measurements from 10,000 women to inform their sizes!
Separates: $45+ | One-pieces: $95
Size Range: 0 – 24
6. Sensi Graves
Founded by a professional kiteboarder, Sensi Graves has high-performance swimwear designed for long-lasting comfort. The swimwear brand’s suits are designed to empower women in sports and are made with consideration of our planet.
Sensi Graves uses fabrics made from recycled plastic bottles and fishing nets and donates 1% of each purchase to environmental nonprofits.
Separates: $50+ | One-pieces: $88+
Size Range: S – XL
Sustainably-minded outdoor clothing and adventure gear brand Patagonia also has a great collection of eco-friendly swimwear. Their style leans athletic, but the fun prints and colors make their suits great for lounging at the pool as well.
Patagonia uses recycled nylon for their swimwear and some suits are made in Fair Trade Certified factories as well. I have a Patagonia bikini that I bought a couple of years ago and I’m definitely a fan—the fabric is comfy and the suit stays in place when swimming.
Separates: $49+ | One-pieces: $129+
Size Range: XXS – XXL
Arrow + Phoenix has sexy, sustainable swimwear all made in the U.S. using recycled fabrics like ECONYL®, an Italian eco-luxe fiber made from regenerated nylon. Every suit is shipped in recycled packaging, too!
The Arrow + Phoenix team sent me their Dauphine Top and Kali High Waist Bottoms to test out and I’m obsessed — the set provides just the right amount of coverage while also being flattering and the ECONYL® fabric makes it the most comfortable swimsuit I’ve owned to date.
Separates: $62+ | One-pieces: $110+
Size Range: XS – 3XL
Londre has high-quality and flattering separates and one-pieces made from recycled materials. To date, the brand has recycled 100,000 plastic bottles from the streets and beaches of Taiwan!
Not only are Londre’s suits versatile (they can also be worn under bottoms as bodysuits!) and durable, but they are also designed to be fully recyclable at the end of their life.
Separates: $49+ | One-pieces: $98+
Size Range: XS – 5XL
Saturday Swimwear has suits in colorful and neutral hues made from ECONYL regenerated nylon sourced from waste like discarded fishing nets. Each suit is thoughtfully handmade by owner Emily Laplume as she travels across the United States in her van!
The sustainable swimwear brand packages their suits in completely biodegradable and compostable materials and uses recycled paper hang tags with soy-based inks.
Separates: $55 – $60
Size Range: S – L
11. Jessica Rey
If you’re looking for some more coverage, Jessica Rey has a beautiful collection of feminine one-pieces and tankinis. The affordable ethical fashion brand uses fabrics made from regenerated waste (such as fishing nets) for their swimwear.
Jessica Rey is also committed to ethical production, working only with ethical factories in Los Angeles to guarantee that all workers are paid living wages and are treated fairly.
Separates: $79+ | One-pieces: $108
Size Range: XS – XL
This one is for any European readers out there! allSisters is a Barcelona-based sustainable swimwear brand with super sleek suits made from recycled fabrics, such as ECONYL®.
The conscious swimwear label sources textiles that have the Made in Green OEKO-TEX® certification which makes sure there were no harmful substances used and the fabric was made in socially-responsible, environmentally-friendly facilities.
Separates: $54 | One-pieces: $136
Size Range: XS – L