Summer is upon us—which means it’s time to refresh your wardrobe with new swimwear! But did you know that conventional swimwear is mostly made of polyester, acrylic and nylon, which can take hundreds of years to degrade?
Luckily, more and more sustainable swimwear brands are popping up in Asia, making it easier for beach lovers to make a choice that is better for the planet. Ahead, we’ve rounded up some of our favourites that are transforming ocean waste into uber-chic swimwear that’s either available online or in-store in the region.
Born through the vision of divers, surfers and ocean adventurers who are committed to protect the ocean, Now Then is a brand with a purpose. Teaming up with Econyl to fight ocean pollution, the brand upcycles up to 300 grams of marine debris and nylon wastes with every swimsuit produced, using Oekotex® 100 Standard certified fabrics that are safe for the environment and the skin.
Whether you’re looking for a bikini, one-piece swimsuit, bodysuit or wetsuit, Now Then has got you covered with a variety of versatile designs and colours that will fit just about anyone’s swim style. With free worldwide shipping for orders over €200, these sustainable swimwear pieces from Now Then are sure to become your wardrobe essentials this summer.
Find out more at nowthenlabel.com
Chic and cheerful, Aava is an eco-friendly, ethical swimwear brand that focuses on using recycled materials such as Econyl, which is made from reclaimed ocean waste like old plastic bottles and fishing nets.
Aava also only produces in small quantities and commits to certain styles after testing their popularity to avoid overproduction and waste, which means you need to act fast to shop their bestsellers!
Find out more at aavaswim.com
With a mission to “create the perfect swimwear that aligns to your body”, Align offers exactly that and beyond, making a positive impact on the environment with swimwear made from Econyl and pouches made from eco-friendly linen fabric.
Although they’re literally made from trash, Align swimwear feels luxuriously soft and incredibly light on the skin, providing UV protection and chlorine resistance while you’re out in the sun. With stunning colour palettes and classic to creative silhouettes to choose from, a piece from this swimwear brand is a summer essential.
Find out more at alignswim.com
Origin: Hong Kong
Ethical and sustainable, Oliv is a female-owned and operated brand that adapts an eco-friendly approach to fashion. Each piece of their classic Anna one-piece swimwear, available in black, olive and sienna, is handmade in small batches by local artisans in Bali using Econyl Regenerated Nylon made of repurposed ocean plastic waste.
Featuring an elegant deep scoop with narrow straps and a ballerina-inspired cross back detail, the Anna is tight-fitting with a cheeky bottom that is sure to turn heads when you take it to the beach.
Find out more at olivthelabel.com
Designed and manufactured entirely in Bali, Thaikila combines local craftsmanship, technological innovation and sustainability to create one-of-a-kind-pieces.
Devoted to doing their part towards a plastic-free future, Thaikila uses luscious fabrics such as the ultra soft and stretchy vegan faux suede made of recycled plastic bottles to make their swimwear—which looks flattering on every body figure and size. The sustainability endeavour doesn’t stop there, as the packaging comes with a reusable, handmade pouch and hang tags crafted from disposed paper documents, recycled straight from the office.
Find out more at thaikila.com
A slow and sustainable clothing brand based in Bali, Rimmba can be found in select stores on the island and online. Committed to proserve Indonesia’s biodiversity, local culture and heritage, Rimmba uses only 100% plant-based dyes handled by empowered artisans.
For swimwear, the brand has chosen Carvico Vita, an innovative Italian textile made of 100% regenerated post-consumer waste, as its go-to fabric. The Amber Bikini Top in deep red featured in the Rimmba 2020 campaign is undoubtedly our favourite—a product of recycled fishing nets and discarded carpet waste that is gentle on the skin and the environment.
Find out out more at rimmba.com
Made with the modem, eco-conscious woman in mind, Ubu makes sustainable swimwear in a variety of cuts and colours as well as reversible bikinis and swimsuits to give your more options when mixing and matching.
Ubu also sells all-natural, eco-friendly, amazon smelling liquid soap for your swimwear and delicate, making sure you can keep your beloved swimwear for many years to come.
Find out more at ubuswimwear.com
Origin: Los Angeles
The California-based fashion label has made a name for itself for being a brand that puts sustainability at the core of everything they do. Having been 100% carbon-neutral since 2015, Reformation is also deeply committed to recycling and energy-efficiency practices.
We’re big fans of their bikinis and one-pieces, which come in flattering cuts and colours that are meant to be timeless.
Find out more at thereformation.com
In celebration of World Ocean Day, British activewear label has created a line of sustainable swimwear made from Econyl, which is also chlorine resistant and provides UV protection.
Designed for active sun lovers, Sweaty Betty swimwear has an extensive collection of one-pieces and bikinis in eye-catching colours and fun prints, making it effortless for you to look your best at the beach.
Find out more at sweatybetty.com
Swim sustainably with August Society, a Singapore-based swimwear brand dedicated to making sustainable, comfortable and good-looking swimwear for the whole family.
From UPF 50+ rash guards, swim trunks for men, bikinis to kid’s swimwear, August Society has got you covered with recyclable Italian fabrics made from recycled ocean waste, which are also resistant to chlorine, sun creams and oil.
Find out more at augustsociety.com