The hunt for affordable sustainable swimwear is a tough one. I know because I’ve been there.
Finding a suit that has good coverage that’s still flattering, has a classic design that’s still stylish, and is made ethically but isn’t exorbitantly expensive is not an easy feat.
On my search, though, I’ve come across many incredible eco-friendly and ethical swimwear labels 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!)
Okay, so what makes a swimsuit “sustainable”?
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!
Do Good Swimwear creates fun, vibrant suits in classic and comfy cuts. The eco swimwear brand uses ECONYL, regenerated nylon made from ocean waste like discarded fishing nets, and each of their suits is designed with timeless shapes, making them easy to mix, match, and love for many summers to come. Adopting a true slow fashion mindset, Do Good Swimwear’s pieces are slowly made at a local manufacturer to ensure maximum transparency and minimal waste.
Do Good Swimwear also has quite a few give-back projects: they donate a portion of their profits to Trees for the Future (plants trees and also focuses on enriching the soil for planetary health as well as long-term economic & food security), Surfrider Foundation (an ocean conservation organization), and Tahanan (a 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
Summersalt’s eco-conscious, luxurious-feeling suits are all made with 78% recycled polyamide that’s crafted from post-consumer plastic and nylon waste, including fishing nets.
The sustainable swimwear brand is committed to providing the perfect fit — in fact, the Sidestroke suit (pictured on the right) won Elle’s #1 most widely-flattering one-shoulder style!
Separates: $45+ | One-pieces: $95
Size Range: 0 – 24
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: $48+ | One-pieces: $102+
Size Range: XS – XL
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
5. 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
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
9. 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
Check out Conscious Fashion’s Sustainable Swimwear guide for more brands (including those with higher pricer points.)