Sustainable, Yet Stylish Swimwear!

It’s swimsuit season! So we’re here to give you nine of the most sustainable swimwear brands for you to rock whether you’re at the beach, the pool, or anywhere you can get wet.

We love educating the masses on all the sustainable brands we know and love. However, most of these brands, Mother Earth does not love. Can you blame her, though? Would you like someone who was destroying you? The truth is, there are so many excellent options, it just takes a bit of digging.

We did the dirty work, and we’re coming atcha with a comprehensive list of the most sustainable swimwear for men. 

The Best Sustainable Swimwear Brands For Men

1. Asket

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Price Range:

$50 – $70

Sustainable Materials:

SEAQUAL, Recycled Polyester

“Swimwear is an entirely new category for us so we spent a lot of time researching technical fabrics as well as working out how to combine an athletic approach into something that could still work as a more tailored short,” shares co-founder August Bard Bringéus. “Any garment is only ever as good as the fibre it is built on, so we’re thrilled to have found SEAQUAL INITIATIVE, who have developed a source material that doesn’t compromise on the products technical integrity.” In addition to the main body fabric, where possible every element of the ASKET Swim Shorts are made from recycled polyester, from the mesh, to the drawstrings as well as the trims (eyelets, zipper, thread, everything except the elastic waistband).

 

2. Toad & Co

Toad and Co swimwear

Price Range:

$50 – $70

Sustainable Materials:

4Ply Supplex

Toad & Co has always been a fan favorite. They are that type of brand that reminds you that there are so many good people doing exceptional things. From their eco materials, reusable shipping, and their renewable fashion initiatives, they are doing the most for the Earth. Sustainability is not an option for them. It’s a requirement.

 

Their swim trunk selection is something to write home about, too. All their trunks are made of 4-Ply Supplex, which is Toad & Co’s performance-proven nylon. This fabric is incredibly durable and quick-dry, making it the perfect swim trunk fabric. You can do more than swim in them, though. You can snorkel, paddle, surf, swig a margarita, play frisbee, and even head to town in them. 

3. MARDA

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Price Range:

$140

Sustainable Materials:

Recycled Plastic Bottles

Every single part of Marda’s swimwear is made from 100% recycled materials, from the fabric right down to the packaging. Each pair of Marda swim trunks takes seven plastic bottles from the oceans, helping to clean up plastic pollution while keeping you looking summertime fresh.

4. Outerknown

Outerknown x Kelly slater trunks

Price Range:

$68 – $150

Sustainable Materials:

86% recycled polyester and 14% spandex with Quick Dry.

The Apex Trunks By Outerknown and Kelly Slater are top-of-the-line swim trunks. They are designed for the people AND the planet. They are even sewn in a Fair Trade Certified facility. This means that the makers have been paid premium price points for their work, and collectively decide how to use the extra funding to better their lives. 

 

Now let’s talk about the actual trunks, Kelly Slater, 11x World Champion developed and tested these trunks. They have over 15 colorways to choose from and are guaranteed mobility, quick-dry, and durability. The trunks are also built with a bonded back pocket with Aquaguard zipper and a key loop! Can you ask for more?! 

5. Fair Harbor

Fair Harbor Swimwear

Price Range:

$60 – $90

Sustainable Materials:

80% Recycled Polyester (made from 11 plastic bottles), 12% Cotton, 8% Spandex

Fair Harbor was quite literally made for this! They have some of the most stylish, good looking swim trunks we’ve seen. If you love a good print, you’re going to LOVE Fair Harbor. These swimmers are made with durable, high performance, quick-drying fabric, have side pockets, a built-in cool max liner, and a comfortable elastic waistband! The Bayberry Trunks, in particular, come with built-in compression underwear that will keep you cool and dry after a swim or a run! Our favorite part? 11 Plastic water bottles were made in the making of these trunks! 

 

Fair harbor does so much as a brand as well. It was started by two siblings who grew up on Fair Harbor, Fire Island, and started their company to reduce ocean plastic. With so many brands not thinking about the Earth, it’s so refreshing to find one that does finally. They’ve recycled over 2.5 million plastic water bottles, and on the way to 3 million next year!

6. The Tropics

The Tropics

Price Range:

$95

Sustainable Materials:

92% Recycled Polyester, 8% Spandex

The Tropics keep the Earth in mind with everything they do. Their vision is much greater than creating a brand, but it’s having a positive impact on the Earth and establish a source of inspiration for individuals to connect, collaborate, and make a lasting difference.

 

Their standard Trunk in Plunge is a timeless piece that will look good at the beach, on the boardwalk, or at a sandy dinner. Built with recycled polyester and spandex, these are as comfortable as they get. This pair of trunks is made of 11 plastic water bottles, too! Some might even say it’s “the best pair of boardshorts they’ve ever owned!”

7. Vissla

Vissla

Price Range:

$50-$70

Sustainable Materials:

36% Polyester from Coconut | 34% Recycled Polyester | 20% Cotton | 10% Spandex

Have you heard of Vissla? If not, you’re in for a treat! This brand is one of our favorite sustainable alternatives to Chubbies! They use the process of upcycling to turn waste into treasure. They use Cocotex yarn made of coconuts and blend it with Repreve recycled polyester yarns to create a perfect performance boardshorts. Vissla has been so innovative and user-focused. These boardshorts fight odor, stretch, breathe, and, most importantly, last a long time! 

 

Their boardshorts are built for style, comfort, and sustainability. We especially love these retro-fit board shorts made of coconut and recycled poly fibers. They have a 4-way stretch and tethered waistband. We know you’ll be in the sun with these too, so they have built-in UPF 50. We promise, as soon as you try these, they’re going to become a season staple.

8. United By Blue

United by Blue swimwear

Price Range:

$60-$70

Sustainable Materials:

60% recycled polyester, 36% organic cotton, 4% elastane

If you have been following us for some time, you already know we are a big fan of United by Blue. For every product purchased, United By Blue removes one pound of trash from the ocean and waterways! So far, they have removed over 3 million pounds of trash! They know the ocean and trash pollution problem is one of the most pressing issues of our time. United By Blue leads by example and is a part of the solution rather than the problem. 

 

We love their Men’s Organic Scallop Board Shorts. It comes in 5 colorways and made with a cotton/poly blend. These shorts are detailed with a gusset fly and drawcord waistband. Whether you’re swimming, tanning, surfing, or lounging, these will keep you looking comfortable and cool.

9. Myoli Bay

Myoli Bay

Price Range:

$50-$70

Sustainable Materials:

Recycled water bottles, Recycled coconut shell button on back pocket

Myoli Bay is named after a small island off East of Cape Town, South Africa. Their brand focuses on all-day comfort and freedom in your swimwear, and every beach should be heaven on Earth. That’s why they do what they do! They make swimwear out of other people’s trash, and they dedicate 15% of their sales to ocean and beach cleanup!

These trunks made the list because they are genuinely a great alternative to Chubbies. They have that shorter swimsuit look for those men who have been squatting all winter, and ready to show off the quads. No shame, we agree, ya look good! They also ditched the mesh liner and replaced it with a “privacy screen” to protect you from oversharing. They are nice and stretchy, so if you literally want to squat in them, you can!

We know it’s easy to fall back on the brands we know. There are so many great options for summer swimwear that are high quality, affordable – and leave no carbon footprint. These amazing brands are changing the swimwear game and doing so much good for the Earth. Investing your dollar to support these brands is such an easy way to vote for a greener planet!

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Jordan Flagel

I specialize in environmental policy, tropical forest ecology, and sustainable development.

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