You guys…somehow, summer is just around the corner. While I don’t have any holiday plans involving a beach this year (sob) I thought it’d be a good time to do a round-up of ethically made swimwear. Truth be told, I hadn’t considered the conditions under which my bikinis were made; I so seldom purchase beachwear that it hadn’t occurred to me to shop for eco-friendly and fairly made alternatives. If you’re someone who tends to pick up a fresh swimming costume or bikini every year, or if you’ve been holding out for a new one for ages, this little guide should give you some inspiration!
1 Silver spoon Attire x Auria £51 | 2 Luz Parme top and bottom €140 | 3 Underprotection Zenia swimsuit £135 | 4 Anek. Grey/Core bikini top and hi bikini bottom €160 | 5 Riz Boardshorts Bantham boardshort bee/pirate £80 | 6 Luz Julie swimsuit €135 | 7 Ashley Williams x Auria £68 | 8 Riz Boardshorts Burgh boardshort Japanese gulu black £95
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AURIA is a perfect example of a brand that proudly shows us we don’t need to compromise on style to be ethical. Boasting a gorgeous collection of swimwear crafted from recycled fishnets and other waste from the sea, AURIA – set up by Central Saint Martins alumna Diana Auria – caught my eye with their striking designs. This marble print number has my name – and those of countless other bloggers, I’m sure – written all over it.
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Luz is a French beachwear brand with dozens of swimming costumes and bikinis to choose from in lots of different styles. Their designs use GOTS certified organic cotton, and stay clear of pesticides, chemicals and GMOs. Yay!
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If you’re someone who prefers to wear shorts to the beach, Riz Boardshorts offer a wide range of options for different body shapes and length preferences, in bold and eclectic designs. Their shorts are produced in small batches in Europe, and they partner with the Marine Conservation Society, the Eden Project and The Wave Project, whereby local surfer communities work to help young people dealing with anxiety and emotional ill-health.
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Anekdot are a Berlin-based lingerie, swimwear and loungewear brand, using off-cuts from the fashion industry to create luxurious, minimalist designs. Each product is individually handcrafted in a bid to create as little waste as possible. If that’s not a sign of a brand pouring love into every piece, I don’t know what is.
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Danish brand Underprotection formed in 2010, with the goal of showing that fair fashion can be fun and stylish. The factory they use in New Delhi is Fairwear Foundation approved, and their cotton is GOTS certified. This tropical print swimsuit grabbed my attention – it’s made of 100% recycled polyester, and while the ruffled neckline might not be very practical for swimming in, it would make a gorgeous number for chilling out poolside, that’s for sure.
As you may have been, I was struck by the price of most of these swimsuits when I first set out to research this post. We’re used to paying no more than £30 or so for a bikini or a swimming costume, so seeing price tags of over £100 can be shocking. It starts to make more sense, though, when you consider the aspects of production that differ from those of fast fashion – these pieces are made in small quantities, handcrafted, produced under fair working conditions, using premium eco-friendly fabrics. I understand that, even with all this in mind, some of you can’t stretch this far for a swimsuit right now, and that’s totally OK. Changing the way we think about our clothes – and learning more about how they are made and the impact that has on the people who make them and the environment – is a start.
What do you think of these swimwear picks?