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Sustainable Swimwear Brands You Can Feel Good About All Summer

Look for swimsuits that use recycled materials and eco-friendly manufacturing.

You might be trying to ditch fast-fashion brands and fill your closet with more ethical clothing — but have you thought about your swimwear?

Creating sustainable swimwear means thinking “green” from start to finish, said Magdalena Berger, founder of Magdakine Designs. Using recycled materials is just part of the equation.

“I would be lying if I said designing a sustainable swimsuit is cheaper and easier than an unsustainable swimsuit,” Berger told HuffPost. “I believe that in order to create a sustainable swimwear line designers have to first and foremost be dedicated to protecting our planet.”

Important factors in creating sustainable swim include dying fabrics with nontoxic ingredients that don’t contaminate the water and air, as well as manufacturing garments in factories that comply with strict environmental regulations and eliminate unnecessary waste.

Still, the material choice is crucial. Swimsuits undergo a lot of wear and tear from the sun, salt and chlorine. Many sustainable swimwear brands, including Magdakine Designs, have turned to Econyl to make their garments. It’s a regenerated nylon fiber made from recycled plastic polymers like fishing nets and carpets.

Some top-market retailers, including Reformation, have also begun using Econyl to create swimsuits. The company launched a swimwear line earlier this month that it called ”not sustainable enough, but it’s the best we can do right now.”

Because eco-friendly swimsuit brands are still few and far between, we’ve rounded up a handful of sustainable swimwear lines that you can feel good about supporting this summer.

Take a look below.

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Summersalt
Summersalt
Summersalt uses recycled materials in its fabrics and packaging. Shop Summersault swim.
2
Vitamin A
Vitamin A
Vitamin A uses EcoLux, an innovative superfine matte jersey made with recycled nylon fibers, to make its swimsuits. Shop Vitamin A swim.
3
Mara Hoffman
Mara Hoffman
Mara Hoffman uses responsibly sourced organic, recycled and regenerated materials while ensuring environmentally conscious and ethical manufacturing practices. Shop Mara Hoffman swim.
4
Riz Board Shorts
Riz Board Shorts
Riz Board Shorts are made with 100 percent recycled and recyclable fabric made from plastic bottles. The company will also take your old shorts in exchange for a discount so it can recycle the material for new products. For every pair purchased, a donation is made toward marine conservation. Shop Riz Board Shorts.
5
Galamaar
Galamaar
Galamaar uses sustainable fabric made out of nylon from discarded fishing nets. Shop Galamaar swim.
6
Koru Swimwear
Koru Swimwear
Koru Swimwear uses Econyl and ethical manufacturing practices. Shop Koru Swimwear.
7
FAE
FAE
FAE uses Econyl in its swimsuit production. Shop FAE swim.
8
My Marini
My Marini
My Marini tries to use recycled materials and Econyl in most of its products with as little carbon footprint as possible. Shop My Marini swim.
9
Outerknown
Outerknown
Outerknown makes swim trunks using fair trade recycled polyester made from plastic bottles. Shop Outerknown swim.
10
Jets Swimwear
Jets Swimwear
Jets Swimwear uses Econyl and the latest sustainable manufacturing practices. Shop Jets swim.
11
Woodlike Ocean
Woodlike Ocean
Woodlike Ocean uses Econyl and Xtra Life Lycra in its swimsuits, and it makes a donation to the Healthy Seas initiative with every purchase. Shop Woodlike Ocean swim.
12
Beth Richards
Beth Richards tries to use recycled material and dyes in most of its products with as little waste as possible. Shop Beth Richards swim.

13
HAH
HAH
HAH swimwear uses an eco-friendly fabric called EFL that's sourced from corn. Shop HAH swim.
14
Abysse
Abysse
Abysee uses high-quality swim materials and environmentally friendly fabrics, including 100 percent Japanese limestone neoprene and recycled Italian textiles. Shop Abysse swim.
15
Patagonia
Patagonia
Patagonia swimwear is made from fair trade recycled materials. Shop Patagonia swim.
16
Reformation
Reformation
Reformation has started using Econyl in its swimsuits. Shop Reformation swim.
17
Finisterre
Finisterre
Finisterre uses Econyl material for its swimsuits. Shop Finisterre swim.
18
Magdakine Designs
Magdakine Designs
Magdakine Designs uses Econyl and sustainable manufacturing practices. Shop Magdakine Designs swim.
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Lole
Lole
Lole makes its swimsuits with Econyl and are OEKO-TEX® certified. Shop Lole swim.