Sustainable and stylish swimwear from bikinis to one-pieces

Gillian Wolski
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·4-min read

Whether you’re a seasoned shopper of sustainable styles or just starting out on your eco-friendly fashion journey, this swimwear wrap up is for you. We’ve plunged head-first into the world of bikinis and one-pieces that are not only kinder to the planet but also look real darn good.

Below, you’ll find options for every budget and taste — and even a little something for the kids, as well.

Wave Zone Women's Striped V Neck Swimsuit - Cream, $25

Cute and affordable, this Wave Zone one-piece screams summer and is made from REPREVE recycled polyester, a fibre made from recycled materials including plastic bottles.

Wave Zone Women's Striped V Neck Swimsuit - Cream, $25 from Big W. Photo: Big W.
Wave Zone Women's Striped V Neck Swimsuit - Cream, $25 from Big W. Photo: Big W.

Thrills Acacia Underwire bikini top, $69.99 and High cut bikini bottom, $59.99

Byron Bay label Thrills uses recycled nylon — which emits 28 per cent less greenhouse gases than non-recycled nylon — for several of its swimmers including this sweet floral bikini set. The brand plans on transitioning its entire women’s swimwear range to recycled nylon by 2022.

Thrills Acacia Underwire bikini top, $69.99 and High cut bikini bottom, $59.99. Photo: Thrills.
Thrills Acacia Underwire bikini top, $69.99 and High cut bikini bottom, $59.99. Photo: Thrills.

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Une Piece Original Sexie Rashie, $229

Une Piece’s Original Sexie Rashie does what it says on the tin — the front zipper and hi-cut leg add sex appeal while the long sleeves offer protection from the sun. As does the UPF50+ fabric which is made from regenerated nylon derived from recycled materials such as clothing, fishing nets and other post-consumer materials.

Une Piece Original Sexie Rashie, $229. Photo: Une Piece.
Une Piece Original Sexie Rashie, $229. Photo: Instagram/@tahana____.

IIXIIST Mili crinkle bikini top and Mili crinkle bottom, $61 each⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Head-turning Aussie swimwear brand IIXIIST ticks several sustainable boxes: all pieces are made from 100 per cent recycled plastic ocean waste and with environmentally-friendly dyes. They’re manufactured in responsible quantities under ethical, child-free local labour conditions.

IIXIIST Mili crinkle bikini top and Mili bottom, $61 each. Photo: IIXIIST.
IIXIIST Mili crinkle bikini top and Mili bottom, $61 each. Photo: IIXIIST.

Glassons Cut Out Halter Bikini Top, $19.99 and Ruched Bikini Bottom, $16.99 each or 2 for $30

New Zealand-born brand Glassons is offering more eco-friendly options at an accessible price-point, such as their swimwear which is made from 80 per cent recycled nylon. Orders are shipped in compostable Poly Bags and by the end of 2020, 30 per cent of the entire product range will be sustainably sourced.

Glassons Cut Out Halter Bikini Top, $19.99 and Ruched Bikini Bottom, $16.99 each or 2 for $30. Photo: Glassons.
Glassons Cut Out Halter Bikini Top, $19.99 and Ruched Bikini Bottom, $16.99 each or 2 for $30. Photo: Glassons.

BAYTHE Balconette One Piece, on sale $99 (RRP $239)

Bondi Beach-based label BAYTHE caused quite the stir with their Balconette One Piece which flattens and smoothes thanks to its stretchy, seam-free compression-like Italian fabric made from 100 per cent regenerated ECONYL nylon.

A model wearing BAYTHE Balconette One Piece
BAYTHE Balconette One Piece, on sale $99 (RRP $239). Photo: Baythe.

Salt Gypsy Luna Crop and Drifter Bottoms in Jasmine, $109 each

Each of Salt Gypsy’s bikinis, one-pieces and rashies are manufactured on the Gold Coast in a female-owned production factory using recycled, regenerated nylon waste sourced from Aussie distributors.

Plus, $10 from each piece from Salt Gypsy’s new limited-edition collection goes to SurfAid’s Mother & Child Health programmes in remote surfing regions across Indonesia and Solomon Islands.

Salt Gypsy Luna Crop and Drifter Bottoms in Jasmine, $109 each. Photo: Phil Gallagher (supplied).
Salt Gypsy Luna Crop and Drifter Bottoms in Jasmine, $109 each. Photo: Phil Gallagher (supplied).

Hyams Beach Swim Mini & Me matching Pink Boho set, women's one piece, $109.95 and mini one-piece, $54.95

Hailing from the NSW South Coast, Hyams Beach Swim is making your mother-daughter matchy-matchy dreams come true with its Mini & Me matching Pink Boho set. The whole range is made from premium recycled fabrics (either REPREVE or ECONYL) with all swim packaged in organic eco tote bags and dispatched in bio-degradable postbags.

Hyams Beach Swim Mini & Me matching Pink Boho set, women's one piece, $109.95 and mini one piece, $54.95. Photo: supplied.
Hyams Beach Swim Mini & Me matching Pink Boho set, women's one piece, $109.95 and mini one piece, $54.95. Photo: supplied.

Best&Less kids recycled swimwear range, from $10

Best&Less’ recycled swimwear range for kids is not only super adorable — and kind to the wallet — but the boardshorts, rash vests and paddlesuits are made using 85 per cent recycled polyester and 100 per cent recycled polyester lining.

Best&Less kids recycled swimwear range, from $10. Photo: Best&Less.
Best&Less kids recycled swimwear range, from $10. Photo: Best&Less.

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