There are plenty of kids' swimwear labels investing in sustainably sourced and recycled fabrics so that you can take a dip in the ocean knowing that you’re helping to protect it too…
Two-tone red and coral swimsuit on homepage, Kidly. Image above: Canopea
The Platinum Junior Design Award Winning eco-friendly, ski wear company Dinoski have created a swimwear collection, aptly named Dinosea! The same innovative production process that recycles plastic bottles into the highest quality fabrics for their activewear has been applied to their swimsuits and sun hats, which are also UPF50+ and the familiar characters. We love the wearable poncho towels too.
>> Available from Dinoski
Marks & Spencer
M&S is making big waves when it comes to putting the environment front and centre. Their sustainably produced swimwear uses fabric made from recycled bottles, helping to reduce the amount of plastic waste that ends up in landfill and our oceans every year. Oh, and we absolutely love the on trend aquatic and tie dye prints. With 50+ ultra violet protection factor, chlorine resistant colours and extra stretch fabrics for ease of dressing, this is one of the most considered and thoughtful ranges we have seen. Look for the recycled fabric tabs in their swimwear sections.
>> Available in store and online from Marks & Spencer
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UV protective, sustainably made from recycled fibres and exceptionally stylish, this French swimwear brand for boys and girls ticks all the boxes. Featuring bright colours and plenty of beautiful detailing – think ruffles, bows and rope trims and designed for kids aged 2 -10 with UPF 50+ as standard, this label is a huge Junior favourite.
The high street store’s sustainably made and responsibly sourced S.E.W collection is going from strength to strength and now includes a gorgeous range of kid’s swimwear and summer pieces made from recycled polyester. The polyester is derived from PET plastic bottles which are formed into strings of yarn, before being dyed and woven together to create a soft-touch texture. Unicorns and seascape prints are sure to be a huge hit with mini beach combers.
>> Available in store and online at Monsoon
Joseph & Alexander
If you’re looking for eye catching swimming trunks that are trying to tackle the problem of plastic in our oceans from the bottom up (so speak!), then this is the swimwear label for you. Joseph & Alexander designs are produced in mini and adult sizes and every pair is made using plastic that was previously floating in the sea and all the dyes they use are eco friendly. The brand donates 10 % of their annual profits to anti plastic pollution charity, Plastic Oceans UK Foundation.
>> Available online at Joseph & Alexander
This bright and beautiful Australian swimwear label describes itself as “an ethical brand providing conscious choices for progressive parents.” We think they've summed you up perfectly! Their swimwear is made from Italian Carvico, which is a combination of Econyl and Lycra Xtra Life. Econyl is a sustainable fabric made from recycled fibres such as ghost fishing nets and plastic bottles recovered from our oceans. Their clothing is ethically produced to Fairtrade standards in a family run factory in Bali and the packaging Cosmo Crew uses is biodegradable. We’re seriously impressed.
>> Available at Cosmo Crew
This family run Italian business makes its swimwear from a Econyl, a 100% regenerated polymade fibre made from post consumer materials like abandoned fishnets and other plastic waste. The founders were adamant that they wanted to create chic, long-lasting swimwear that could be handed down through families and would help to clear and protect the ocean from polluting plastic. Brava!
>> Available at Folpetto
Online children's store KIDLY has created its own eco-friendly swimwear line and we couldn't love it more. Featuring minimal, cool silhouettes, gorgeous splices of colour blocking and easy to pull on and off designs, the brand decided that as well as cool and functional design, the planet had to be a priority when they set out to design the collection. The KIDLY design team created seven key pieces that can be paired and even layered and chose a high quality recycled fabric made from 80% recycled pre-consumer nylon waste to make their swimwear truly sustainable.
>> Available at KIDLY
Made with recycled plastic bottles, organic, eco-friendly clothing brand Frugi have outdone themselves with their gorgeous rainbow palette, swimwear collection. The range caters for children from 0-3 months to 9-10 years and has everything from coordinating sun hats to sun safe rash vests and fab, easy to put on and take off, re-usable swim nappies.
>> Available at Frugi