To ease the guilt of your summer splurges! We’ve curated a list of sustainable high quality labels who are also giving back. Take a look at these brands which carry a commendable environmental ethos and humanitarian cause. Always stylish of course.
1 || Zulu & Zephyr
Aussie label Zulu & Zephyr offer swimwear with a boutique vibe. Made for the sun, salt and sea, theirs is a collection of fresh prints and cool cut-outs, splashed across bikinis, swimsuits and laid-back playsuits and beach dresses. On top of all that, Zulu & Zephyr are responsibly sourced and ethically manufactured, shipping their goods in sustainable biodegradable packaging. They are also dedicated to giving back to charitable causes including Make A Wish Foundation, Jeans for Genes Day and humanitarian donations to Syria.
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2 || OOKIOH
Suits for under $100 and made from 80% recycled materials. Make OOKIOH your second skin this summer! Ookioh is a play on the Japanese word Ukiyo, meaning “the floating world”, defined as “the pleasure-seeking lifestyle of the Edo Japan period and the famous Ukiyo-e woodblock prints that emerged from it. The Ukiyo-e genre depicts scenes of travel, landscape and female beauty, celebrating living in the moment and escaping the bothers of life. At OOKIOH, we believe that what you wear in the water should be a reflection of how you dress on land. Because 90% of women don’t do stilettos by the pool, we created a line of swimwear that makes you feel like you… only waterproof. With a modern design, a splash of ‘80s nostalgia, and California ease, OOKIOH is beautifully-made for all bodies and bodies of water.
3 || Mara Hoffman
Focused on bright colors, energizing graphics, and global influences, Mara Hoffman’s bold, uplifting aesthetic quickly made waves when she launched her namesake label in 2000. Sustainable materials, crafting each collection in socially responsible conditions using recycled and ethically sourced fabrics
4 || Londre Bodywear
LONDRĖ Bodywear was born on a beach in Sayulita, Mexico, where the labels’ founders combined their passion for the environment, love of all things ocean related and creating the perfect flattering cut. Light weight, multi-functional garments that pack well and can withstand the wear and tear of salt, sand, sweat and chlorine. Made ethically and locally in Vancouver, BC, one of the brand’s core values is conservation, resulting in only the best available in sustainable textiles and biodegradable and reusable packaging without sacrificing style and comfort.
5 || Jade Swim
Minimalist and meaningful. Simple but more than basic. The collection is carefully crafted from luxe Italian sustainable fabric with shape-retention technology to smooth and sculpt the body. UV protection and resistance to chlorine, suntan lotions, & oils ensure long-term wearability. Designed with multifunctional versatility in mind, these styles can be worn from day to night, from beach to city, as swim or ready-to-wear
6 || L* Space
California-based L Space offers chic, unfussy swimwear that promises to make waves on and off the beach. L Space earned top honors from the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association, winning the coveted SIMA Image Award for Women’s Swim Brand of the Year for five consecutive years
7 || Emma Pake
Master of colour, contrast and colour-blocking. The brand’s boldly feminine bikinis and swimsuits are defined by attention to detail – from the matte hardware dyed perfectly to match, to the custom prints designed in-house.
8 || Faithfull The Brand
Each Faithfull garment is carefully designed, sourced and produced in Bali, Indonesia, by using handmade techniques such as hand-dying and hand-printing. Our prints are inspired by findings in vintage markets & along our travels. In this way, travel plays a very special role in our design process – we love when we discover a rare and beautiful print oversees or in an exotic, unexpected location. Ethical production processes and utilisation of local resources and talent is “embedded in the moral compass” of the brand. Helping Bali’s economy from within and supporting the community of Indonesia.
9 || Galamaar
“Trend-defying swimwear made from ocean waste. Limited run quantities produced in Los Angeles, California.”
Because the world is round it turns me on. Because the wind is high it blows my mind. Because the sky is blue it makes me cry.”- The Beatles A beautiful song and sentiment and it perfectly captures our motivation for sustainable practice. As a swimwear brand we’re creating garments, in essence, to experience nature in. Causing undue harm in the process seems, well…wrong. It’s no secret how polluting “fast fashion” is and how poor the ethical standards often are with manufacturing abroad. We’re determined to do our part and help break that disgraceful trend. Our commitment to sustainability is simple: to always do better, to challenge convention, and through our blog and our transparency- inspire along the way. We believe conscious consumerism is the New Wave.”