As temperatures soared over the weekend here in Melbourne I started to look at labels producing eco and socially friendly swimwear, because whether we're ready or not, it's time to show off those bikini bodies. I set out on my search to find myself the perfect summer bikini, here's what I found:
Shapes in the sand - Australia
Shapes in the sand is designed, printed and hand made in Sydney Australia. With the environment as the driving force behind this label, Shapes in the Sand is the embodiment of a love for the natural world. Drawing inspiration from different environments and the diversity within them. With a strong focus to create swimwear which has a minimal impact on the environment, through the use of regenerated fabrics and sustainable practices.
Elle Evans Swimwear - Australia
All design and production of Elle Evans Swimwear happens right here in Melbourne, Australia by their small team of 3. A quote about the label from Elle Evans herself "We produce beautiful sustainable swimwear, for those who care about fashion and the future". Their swimwear is designed to end up with minimum fabric waste, using only post consumer waste fabrics or recycled lycra which uses 80% less energy in production than regular ‘virgin’ lycra.
Vege Threads - Australia
Vege Threads is an Australian eco fashion label that focuses on sustainability & social awareness. Vege Threads continues to place sustainability and a pull towards slow living at the forefront of the label, looking to provide more than ideas on style. Head designer and founder of Vege Threads, Amy Roberts, looks to create an inclusive culture through the values of the label, using collaboration as a way to bring forward-thinking creatives together who are interested in sustainable living.
Spunky Chic The Label - Australia
Sandy the Founder of Spunky Chic Swimwear set up the label after many years of struggling to find affordable long-lasting and sustainable swimwear. Their products are manufactured in an ethical factory with all materials and prints produced as eco-friendly as possible.
Liar Swimwear - Australia
Quoted by Liar Swimwear themselves about their label "Swimwear for the Rebellious, Adventurous Free Spirit". Liar Swimwear are redefining 90s Vintage inspired basics in an Ethical Way, locally sourced and manufactured.
They have a real love our ocean and the environment and want to maintain its beauty therefore they are focussing on reducing the carbon footprint, exploitation in the workplace and minimizing fabric, dye and overall waste that the fashion industry creates daily - I just love them!!
CALi Dreaming Swimwear - LA, USA
So, it's not all about Australian brands CALi Dreaming Swimwear produce some really unique pieces. By using their signature beige shimmer fabric as the core of the brand, they have created the building blocks necessary for customers to seasonally build their own, personalized Cali Dreaming collection. Both their Bathers and Covered collections evoke a "versatility meets simplicity" aesthetic that the brand is dedicated to delivering each season.
Swim AMARA - NYC, USA
AMARA is an independent, boutique label based in Tulum and manufactured in NYC. A versatile, fashion forward, yet ultra functional line for the bold yet feminine beach chic jetsetter. At AMARA, not only do they believe ethical fashion is a possibility, they commit to it daily. The AMARA fabric is manufactured in a green energy facility that is dedicated to the reduction and prevention of pollution, protection and preservation of green spaces, water treatment and monitoring of gas emissions. AMARA are committed to using biodegradable, recyclable or reusable packaging.