Countless new brands and many columns have been dedicated to eco-friendly women’s swimwear, but when it comes to tree-friendly trunks, we still have a ways to go.
Head to most major department stores and you can expect to find the majority of swim shorts made from new polyester and nylon (read: plastic). And with 9 to 14 million tons entering the oceans every year, according to the UN, it’s high time the boys searched for sea-friendly beaches too.
From those recycled fabrics to independent labels using only recycled materials, these are the places to find your sustainable swimmers.
If you want to wear your eco-badge with honour, the Parisian brand True Tribe has the shorts you need. All of its swimwear options are made from Econyl, a regenerated nylon that, in this case, becomes reflective. The brand has gone even further with its Zero Waste trunks: unique, upcycled, patchwork pairs from unsold fabrics and made to order to reduce waste.
From £130; mrporter.com
This independent brand was founded in 2019 to modernize the men’s swimwear market with stylish, tailored swimwear made from renewable sources. It guarantees that all outlets use 100% recycled polyester, but the biggest sell is the sophisticated loop and pleated designs. Our favorites are the Baywatch-style red pair, and their blue geometric prints.
From £100; gusari.co.uk
For the third year, FatFace has donated and partnered with the Marine Conservation Society. The Trevose briefs feature a fun submarine print and are made from 100% recycled polyester.
From £29.50; fatface.com
Love mark & Co
Resort and swim brand Love Brand & Co offers stylish designs that benefit conservation and feature swim shorts made from recycled polyester. Two percent of net profits are donated to charities supporting wildlife and rural communities, and the most eye-catching trunks are adorned with silhouettes of elephants and rhinos.
From £100; lovebrand.com
Reiss x CHE
After simple but chic basics for the poolside? The Reiss collaboration with model (and husband of Pixie Lott) Oliver Cheshire is for you. His CHÉ label strives to create sustainable, modern menswear and has teamed up with the high street boutique to create the handsome Sunseeker shorts, made from 100% recycled nylon.
From £90; reiss.com
The cult Swedish denim brand has made a name for itself by selling jeans made from 100% organic cotton. Now he’s also making waves in swimwear. The first two models, one clay with stripes, the other plain navy blue, are made from 100% recycled polyamide.
From £70; nudiejeans.com