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7 ocean-friendly swimwear brands for summer

Recycled nylon and repurposed plastic bottles as swimwear; introducing the new guard of swim

When it comes to sustainable fashion, swimwear is leading the charge with a raft of brands creating their garments using regenerated fibres. What’s more, many are also using their designs to highlight the importance of keeping plastic out of our oceans. With beach days ahead, you won’t want to miss our list of the brands doing their bit for fashion and the environment.

Palm Swim

Palm offers elevated designs with the environment in mind. Currently working toward a circular model, their bio-range has been developed using a new generation nylon that will naturally decompose. Pieces from their latest collection, Reverence are made from regenerated nylon and offer chlorine resistance and UV protection.

Le Buns

If you’re the kind of person that gets bored with your swimmers then Le Buns is the brand for you. Its Versatile collection can be worn five different ways, so you’ll never get tired of your choice. The family owned business creates their pieces from regenerated nylon and we also love their organic cotton intimates


This chic boutique swim label is made from recycled nylon – think fabric made from recycled ocean waste such as old fishing nets, carpet and fabric waste. Mix and match tops and bottoms for the perfect fit. Or opt for one of their super flattering one-pieces.  

Ambra Maddalena

Ambra Maddalena Fossarti has created her swim collection using Econyl with every shape in mind. You can shop sets or single pieces and even have your piece customised with your name or initials. Ambra has also just launched a new ready-to-wear range that’s perfect to throw on over your swimmers.  

Shapes in the Sand

Hand made in limited numbers, each season Shapes in the Sand donates to environmental causes like WIRES and the Tangaroa Blue Foundation to help with their remote beach clean ups along the Great Barrier Reef. Most recently, it has supported the Healthy Seas to help rid oceans of ghost nets that are then regenerated back into Econyl fibres. They have also designed a soluble hygiene liner made from wood pulp and non toxic ink to replace the thick plastic liners found in conventional swimwear.

Burrows and Co

Sustainably made in Bali, these mix and match bikinis are some of the cutest going around. They have a great selection of plain and print pieces to cater to your style. A word of warning, some are a little on the skimpy side – don’t say we didn’t warn you! We also love their dresses and cotton tops.

Elle Evans

Sustainably made in Melbourne using Econyl, and water-based non-toxic ink, Elle Evans not only creates great pieces for women but teens and kids too. Sales also support ACON; Australia’s largest community-based LGBTQI+ health and HIV/AIDS organisation.

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