Warmer weather is just beginning to rear its head and has brought with it, the feverish urge to buy a new swimsuit. Swimsuit shopping can be an overwhelming task at the best of times, so we’ve curated a list of some of our favourite ethical and sustainable Australian swimwear labels to help ease you into Summer. The fashion industry has become the world’s second greatest source of pollution, just behind the fossil fuels industry. To combat this, these collections of environmentally conscious labels all make use, in some way, of recycled or regenerated fabrics, eco-dyes and have transparency throughout the supply chain to help you feel extra good about your new suit.
Vege Threads make beautiful, simple clothes for every day wear and this style and wearability has not been lost on their latest range of eco-swimwear. This collection is crafted from an Italian-made material called Econyl - a regenerated fibre made from recycled post-consumer waste like old fishing nets. In this process, something that once would have remained waste is brought back to life and precious raw materials are preserved – a win for the environment and you alike! Their latest collection is perfect for hazy, Australian summers – comfortable, faltering pieces in peachy burnt oranges and deep, dreamy blues.
Camp Cove designs scream “summer” and “fun” so loudly that it’s hard to believe something so funky could have such a serious environmental edge. The swimsuits are made close to home, by a machinist on the South Coast of New South Wales, fabrics are printed in Sydney and recycled fabrics are used to line all swimsuits. These colourful, retro-inspired swimsuits are made with all body-types in mind. Their nostalgic designs have a focus on Australiana with beautiful prints like flowering eucalyptus, terrazzo tile and even sew-on boardie patches with a distinct Girl Guide style inspiration.
Thoughtfully designed swimwear by Salt Gypsy will leave you weak at the knees. Operating out of Byron Bay, this company puts an emphasis on female surf athleticism and diversity without skimping on the style. Like Vege Threads, their products are made from 100% regenerated nylon yarn and also recycled lycra. The thoughtfully designed sustainable surf-wear company boasts a array of faultlessly designed turtleneck rashguards, surf-leggings and surf-separates. Their current range features hand painted prints by local designers and punchy colours like “lemon fizz”, “lilac” and “candy pink”.
Created to fill a gap in the market for understated swimwear with an ethical edge without having to compromise on high-quality materials, Palm Swimwear packs a serious punch with their classic and pared-back styles. Their pieces are timeless, the kind you’d like to imagine yourself wearing whilst lounging on the beach in 80s Italy. Their suits are designed to be completely environmentally friendly, using soft, regenerated fabrics and recycled lycra. Bold colours and simple shapes is what Palm Swimwear are all about – head to them for ethical, luxury swimwear.
The idea is this: one swimsuit, multiple styles. Baiia’s designs are flattering, elegant and most excitingly, reversible! They’ve created longevity for their pieces with the option of a reversible style - two beautiful swimsuits for the price and environmental impact of one. Baiia are very transparent about their production line, and work manufacturers that cares about worker welfare, sustainability and its environmental impacts. All of their fabrics are made from regenerated materials that look, perfectly crafted into flattering wrapping one pieces and sophisticated high-waisted two pieces.
Words by Laura Morley