MEL ONEPIECE BY Armeria £80
FRANESS ONEPIECE BY Essentials for Zula €58
KNOTTY SWIMSUIT IN BW BY Souldaze €120
First, the bad news: just like underwear, swimwear is also made in sweatshops in most cases – just like other clothing pieces. Meaning that cute bikinis are made by underpaid workers under terrible conditions. The worst thing that can happen to the workers in those factories? -DEATH. During the factory collapse in Bangladesh in 2013 more than one thousand workers died. Who wants blood on their swimsuits? Not me.
Now the good news: there are a lot of brands nowadays that either focus on sustainable and ethical manufacturing or are small, local companies that produce the bathing suits by hand in their little studios which is totally ethical and sweatshop free too!
The first bathing suit is made ethically in Bali and hand painted in the UK. I personally own a bikini from Armeria and have to say that it’s one of the best qualities I’ve ever seen in a swimsuit! The designs are super nice too! I wish I could have every single one of them 😉
A black swimsuit is a must in every closet. The one piece by Essentials for Zula has a nice strap design in the back and is ethically made in Thailand. Reformation is one of my favourite fair fashion brands. Now the’ve started their own swimwear line! The red two piece set is made ethically and sustainably in the USA. While manufacturing this garment the brand is reducing water, carbon dioxide and waste. The bikini by Pura reminds me of something Alexis Ren would wear. It has a strap detail in the back and cheeky bottoms. Pura makes their swimwear by hand in Switzerland using European fabrics. The swimsuit by Souldaze is reversible and made ethically in Rome out of recycled fabrics. It has a cheeky design in the back.