Choosing eco-friendly, sustainable brands is just one of the many ways that you can be an eco-conscious diver. Thankfully, more and more companies and non-profits are joining the market every day, with the shared mission of protecting our oceans, preserving marine wildlife, and educating their consumers about how they can live and explore sustainably.
That being said, these are 10 of my favorite eco-friendly, ocean loving companies that offer gear, apparel, equipment, accessories, and more for scuba divers!
Top 10 Sustainable Brands for Scuba Divers
Mission: To create the most environmentally friendly product on the planet, we are sustainably focused and relentlessly creative.
Rash’R was founded by a group of three friends based in Ireland, who felt that the current market for rash guards was lacking in terms of color, design, and sustainability. To support their mission to create eco-friendly products that look and feel great, they use Ocean Balance fabric, which is a sustainably sourced, polyester fiber that comes from fishing nets, carpets and other post-consumer goods. The end result? A high performing, quick-drying technical fabric that’s perfect for divers, surfers, and swimmers.
Mission: Our mission is to supply outdoor lovers with products that work great, keep them feeling good and healthy, and give them confidence they are supporting a safe, sustainable, and science-based company.
The eco-conscious team at Stream2Sea was founded in 2015, when the CEO and Founder realized that the stuff we put on our bodies ends up in the water, and ultimately has a strong impact on these often fragile ecosystems. Stream2Sea’s goal is to offer their consumers a range of products that have all passed an extensive range of tests in order to keep fresh and saltwater fish, sensitive coral reefs and other forms of marine life safe from toxic chemicals. They offer sunscreens, hand sanitizers, products for skin and hair care, apparel and accessories.
Mission: Every surfer and diver an ocean cleaner.
Trshbg was created by a group of surfers and divers from all over the world, with the simple goal of creating a trash collection bag that’s made from 100% re-used materials. The best part about their sustainable product, though? Their hip and calf bags can be worn for diving, surfing and swimming – that’s right, worn! – so that you can keep your hands free at all times. Plus, they’re light enough that you won’t even feel them!
4. Gili Gear
Mission: Raising awareness towards a sustainable future.
The dive professionals and whitewater guides who founded Gili Gear were disappointed and fed up with the traditionally cheap mesh gear bags that couldn’t stand up to the test of time or the sports they were passionate about. That being said, they took matters into their own hands and designed the most durable, colorful, and sustainably made gear bag they could! In addition to offering some of the best, and most importantly eco-friendly, gear bags in a variety of sizes on the market, they also offer totes, yoga mat bags, packing cubes, dog collars, hats, fanny packs, and even sunglasses!
5. Cape Clasp
Mission: To #makewaves for marine life causes.
Cape Clasp was founded in 2013 with a simple idea – to create beautiful pieces of jewelry, and with each design, they partner with a marine life organization and donate 15% of their profits! Over the past few years, they’ve partnered with non-profits Cape Cod National Seashore, Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, the Whale & Dolphin Conservation, and more. Visit their online store and shop bracelets, necklaces, rings, earrings, and stickers.
6. Saltwater Tribe
Mission: To donate 5% of our profit to Tangaroa Blue Foundation to help with their mission of tackling marine debris and educating future generations.
Based out of Australia, the Saltwater Tribe was founded in 2017 with the goal of offering carefully selected products that are inspired by the ocean and intended to promote sustainable living. In addition to partnering with local artists and businesses who share their sustainable values, they donate 5% of their profits to the Tangaroa Blue Foundation – who is dedicated to reducing the amount of debris in the ocean and educating future generations.
Mission: To inspire healthy, active, and free-spirited living by creating versatile, stylish, and sustainable clothing and accessories that you can wear during every activity, every adventure, every day – from yoga to climbers to world travelers.
If you enjoy being active, odds are you’ve heard of prAna – they create sustainable clothing that’s perfect for travel, yoga, and other types of outdoor adventures. Their clothing, swimwear included, is made from organic, recycled and Fair-Trade materials that are fun, functional, durable and comfortable!
Mission: To inspire a love for our watery world and support the process of scientific discovery that is needed to better understand it.
I love the story at Waterlust. What started as an experiment by ocean science graduate students has blossomed into an eco-responsible apparel brand who help fund research and educate the world about environmental conservation who found a way to merge science and their shared love of the ocean. In addition to shopping apparel for men and women, you can also shop according to the causes they support, including whale shark research, tiger shark research, coral reef restoration, and coastal resiliency.
Mission: We believe in the adage “it takes a village,” and we also believe in building bridges, not walls, enabling individuals and organizations to join together to face the huge challenges facing our oceans, while at the same time encouraging every diver to be conservation-minded.
The team at SCUBAPRO is best known for their innovative scuba gear that’s designed to better protect divers and our oceans. The lot of their products are engineered to be eco-friendly, as well as provide their consumers with the best diving experience possible. You can shop dive wear, regulators, computers, BCDs, bags, apparel, and other essential dive necessities, as well as know you’re supporting a company that’s dedicated to our oceans
Patagonia is easily one of the most recognizable brands in the outdoor industry, and their take on sustainability and environmental responsibility has influenced every single product they make. All of their products, including their swimwear and wetsuits, are organic and Fair-Trade, not to mention their methods consume less energy, waste less water, and create less trash.
Mission: At Patagonia, we appreciate that all life on earth is under threat of extinction. We aim to use the resources we have—our business, our investments, our voice and our imaginations—to do something about it.
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