11 Stylish Swimsuits That Are Also Eco-Friendly

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There’s a new trend within swimwear that won’t leave you with weird tan lines: sustainable fabrics. More brands are turning to recycled nylon, recycled polyester, or fabrics made from ocean plastic waste.

Designer Mara Hoffman uses either recycled nylon (ECONYL) or recycled polyester (REPREVE) in her swimwear, which is beloved by fashion girls for its rainbow hues. Vitamin A also makes swimwear from recycled nylon — and donates a portion of all profits to organizations that work to conserve the oceans. And Fair Harbor is a Brooklyn-based company that uses recycled plastic bottles to make their nylon fabric. Scroll down to see suits by all three brands, plus many more.

One note: Unfortunately, right now there’s a real dearth of eco-friendly swim options for plus-size women. But if you’re looking for ethical (though not sustainable) swim in plus sizes, check out Malia Mills, who makes all of her super-cute swimwear in America.

The Most Affordable Option

Clean Strap Bikini 2.0 Top
$30, Athleta

Athleta (Gap’s athletic off-shoot) is a certified B-Corporation, meaning they put their values at the center of their company. Forty percent of their fabrics are recycled, and they’re shooting to make that 80 percent by 2020. This fuchsia bikini is cute and affordable.

Notsostring Bottom
$26, Athleta

The Sporty One

Vitamin A Magnolia V-Neck Bikini Top
$105, Bloomingdales

The french straps and the bow in the back make this simple yet feminine, and the color and clean cuts add an athletic edge.

Vitamin A Emelia Bikini Bottom
$99, Bloomingdales

If You’re Buying Into the Rainbow Trend

Mara Hoffman Olympia color-block swimsuit
$325, net-a-porter

Whenever people talk about sustainable beachwear, Mara Hoffman’s name always comes up. Aside from her ethical efforts, she’s known for her colorful patterns and prints.

If You Like Classic Silhouettes

Robin One Piece Lava in Raspberry
$335, Araks

Araks, the lingerie and swim brand famous for clothing Scarlett Johannson in the opening scene of Lost in Translation, recently launched a sustainable swim capsule. It’s constructed of ECONYL, a recycled fabric made of fishing nets and other nylon ocean waste.

If You’re Into Cut Outs

Vitamin A Ava One Piece Swimsuit
$170, Bloomingdales

Vitamin A gets bonus points for doing sustainable fashion before it was cool. This black suit offers sophisticated cut-outs at the rib cage.

If You’re Feeling a Bit Melodramatic

Miriam Bikini Top Pansy
$200, Araks

Melodramatic purple is the color of the season. Coincidentally, it looks great next to blue water.

Piper Bikini Bottom Pansy
$105, Araks

The Baywatch Option

Mara Hoffman Mia Swimsuit
$240, Net-a-Porter

This is the kind of comfortable, full-coverage option a lifeguard might wear — but the peachy hue is a nice update to Baywatch’s famous red shade.

The Vintage-y Option

Betty Bikini Top
$78, Reformation

Gingham is hot right now. Pack a prairie dress as a coverup.

Cayo Bikini Bottoms
$58, Reformation

The Black One-Piece Option

Mara Hoffman Audrey Swimsuit
$240, Net-a-Porter

Add a large hat and this look screams “drama.”

The One Made From Recycled Bottles

Rose Gold Champlain Top
$56, Fair Harbor

This suit might be made of recycled bottles, but the aesthetic is less granola, more Montauk.

The Champlain Bikini
$56, Fair Harbor

The One That Won’t Fall Off

Women’s Nanogrip Nireta Top in Mariposa
$75, Patagonia

Patagonia has consistently led the way in sustainability for a long time (remember when they sued Trump?) Plus, if you’re planning on, you know, doing something in the water, their swimwear is a practical bet.

Women’s Nanogrip Nireta Bottoms
$69, Patagonia

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