We Tried It: 6 Sustainable Swimsuits the Brightly Team Loves

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Trying to find sustainable swimwear is hard. Not only do you want something that’s cute and flattering, but you also want something that’s made with the planet in mind. Well, good news: The Brightly team is here to help. We tried a handful of styles, and we’re sharing our top picks below.

Between the eco-friendly materials and ethical labor practices, these sustainable swimwear picks are worth every cent. From big brands like Patagonia to smaller eco-brands you’re sure to fall in love with, here are the ones we’ll be wearing for years to come. (Pro tip: Some of them are currently on sale, so grab ’em before they’re gone!)

6 Sustainable Swimwear Picks from the Brightly Team

1. Patagonia Reversible One-Piece Swimsuit, $74

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Photo: Patagonia

“I love my Patagonia one-piece swimsuit. The color is a beautiful blue and the fit is super flattering. It’s also two-sided, so you essentially get two swimsuits for the price of one. The fit is perfect for active swimming and surfing, just as the website promises. Also a very important point for me: The swimsuit is Fair Trade Certified sewn.” —Liza Moiseeva, co-founder and CMO

2. Wolven Santorini Swimsuit, $136

Photo: Wolven

Top: Santorini One Shoulder Top, $68
Bottom: Santorini Reversible High-Waisted Bikini Bottom, $68

“The texture of a Wolven swimsuit has no comparison. It’s made up of 84% RPET and 16% spandex derived from recycled water bottles, yet it doesn’t have the same slick feeling one might expect. The bonus of this softer material is that many of their swim tops feel comfortable enough to wear as a workout bra or undershirt. If you’re in between sizes, I would recommend sizing up for your perfect fit. However, their tighter fits make for great support.” —Alyssa Barber, sustainable lifestyle expert

3. prAna Vivienne Bikini, $94

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Photo: prAna

Top: Vivienne Top, $49
Bottom: Audrey Bottom, $45

“I’m a sucker for bikini tops that tie in the front. They’re always so flattering! This one is especially great because it has a secure back and adjustable straps to keep everything in place. I also like that the bottoms aren’t cheeky. They provide a lot more coverage than other options, and have side ties so you can perfectly fit them to your body. Another pro: The sustainable swimsuit was made from recycled materials in a Fair Trade Certified factory.” —Tehrene Firman, director of content

4. Ansea Reversible Sporty Bikini, $270

Photo: Ansea

Top: The Reversible Sporty Top, $125
Bottom: The Reversible High-Waist Bottom, $145

“I got Ansea’s Reversible Sporty Top and Reversible High-Wasted Bottom. I love the colors and fit. Since both pieces are reversible, you get four swimsuits in one! Both pieces are made in New York from Econyl regenerated nylon, which is a fabric made entirely from ocean and landfill waste (such as industrial plastic and fabric scraps). How cool is that?” —Liza

5. SEPTEMBER Eden Swimsuit, $172

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Photo: SEPTEMBER

Top: Eden Top, $86
Bottom: Koda Bottom, $86

“This might be one of the cutest swimsuits I’ve ever owned. I don’t always love the way high-waisted bottoms look on me (I don’t have a long torso!), but this one is super flattering with its belt that ties into a bow in the back. I also love the square neck top. The material is amazing, too. It’s really comfortable; it’s a soft, luxury Italian recycled fabric that comes complete with SPF 50. Basically, I’ll be wearing it all summer long!” —Tehrene

6. prAna Ruby Sands Swimsuit, $90

Photo: prAna

Top: Ruby Sands Top, $49
Bottom: Emarsee Bottom, $41

“This swimsuit came in plastic-free packaging, which was great. And the material is sturdy; it doesn’t seem like it’s going to fade or stretch out after a few swims. I also love that it ties in the back instead of having a latch, making it feel super secure.” —Morgan C., writer


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