Calm your ta-tas – figuratively and literally – ethical swimwear is here. I know that slipping into a bathing suit sounds soothing and easy, but in reality, finding swimwear that fits your booty and your boobies is never easy, and finding swimwear that’s sustainably produced is near impossible. Not to worry – these super-brands are making ethical wears for keeping cool around the pool and associated wet places, and they fit good too. Here’s to a sustainable summer.

Sunrise at Bondi

Designed by an ex-firefighter and lifeguard from Bondi, along with a swimwear designer, Sunrise at Bondi is firmly about utility in design and sun protection. Choose from a range of bikinis, rashies, and compression leggings, all ethically made here in Australia.

Salt Gypsy

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What do you get when you cross one of Australia’s best surfing towns with a slow-living and sustainable mindset? Sustainable surfwear, of course. Salt Gypsy makes women’s surfwear from 100% regenerated nylon yarn called ECONYL® which is a long-lasting, durable recycled nylon lycra that is responsibly manufactured here in Australia. All of its practical pieces are ethically made at the Gold Coast.

LE BUNS

Got buns, hon? Then LE BUNS have you covered. Its swim collection is produced with the use of reconstructed recycled fibres such as discarded fishing nets, saving them from otherwise polluting oceans and endangering wildlife. So you can have a little happy dance while you’re swimming in the ocean knowing you’ve saved a few animals with your swimmers. 

Bombshell Bay

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Made with sun protection in mind, Bombshell Bay makes rashies in short and long sleeves as well as your classic swimwear in one- and two-piece styles. The patterns are a range of glorious greenery but the best part about them is the lycra they’re made from – it’s all recycled plastic! Design your own swimwear or pick and mix your pair on the site.

Obus Clothing 

Melbourne’s Obus Clothing has dropped some sweet swimwear this season too. All of its swimwear is ethically manufactured in Sydney using a blend of upcycled polyester and lycra to ensure extra longevity in the life of the elastine so your swimwear will continue to fit and flatter for many seasons despite contact with chlorinated or salt water.

Bimby and Roy 

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It sounds cute because it is cute. Bimby and Roy makes versatile undergarments in lovely prints for your butt and bosom. That’s right, none of this ‘swimwear only’ or ‘intimates only’ BS… these bottoms and bralettes can be worn from the bed, to the beach, to the bar (the latter option with clothes on over the top, I would hope). It’s a one-size-fits-all-occasions type of staple, and we like-y.

Shapes in the Sand

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Shapes in the Sand’s swimwear is range of bikinis and one pieces in nature-inspired designs. As an ‘eco conscious’ swimwear label, Shapes in the Sand uses regenerated fabrics from recycled materials in its swimwear which is all handmade in Australia. The brand teams up with not-for-profit organisations and individuals to help create positive change for the environment and its inhabitants – include helping fund organised beach clean ups for our oceans as well as care facilities for Australian native wildlife.

Baaby

Nobody puts these babies in the corner. This luxury Australian swimwear label out of Melbourne is 100% ethically produced right here in Australia at the Baaby studio. The bathing suits – which are a classic range of retro one- and two-pieces – are made from the finest Italian fabrics, woven from recycled fibres. It’s your go-to for a classic Baywatch one-piece in a pretty pastel.

Re-Swim Club

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Fancy your bathers up-cycled? Inspired by the mass amount of textile waste produced by the fashion industry, Re-Swim Club makes all of its wears entirely from off cuts, remnants, surplus, dead stock, vintage fabric and recycled fabrics. They are all ethically produced in Adelaide, and look like the saucy goods you could imagine your mum would have worn in the late 70s. Can I get a hell-yeah?

Baiia

Baiia has created the ‘world’s first’ three piece swimsuit that is adjustable to suit your shape. The brand uses quality recycled synthetic fabric constructed in Italy from post-consumer waste, using a process that takes 90% less water to create than virgin polyester. Baiia is committed to paying well above the minimum wage to its employees in China and offers other benefits like paid sick leave, annual leave and more. Find out more here.

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Brittanie is the founder of Britt's List, and an advocate for sustainable and Australian fashion. When she's not reviewing brands, Britt can be found hiking, blogging and practicing yoga, or more likely, eating cheese and drinking boutique gin.

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