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Dive right in: our pick of the best sustainable swimwear brands

As the mercury rises, so does our search for that elusive swimsuit to wear all summer long. For a stylish swim that's also good for the environment, take a dip into sustainable swimwear that will have you covered from the pool to the beach. To save your computer from crashing with those multiple tabs you have open (guilty as charged), we’ve narrowed the search down to our top five sustainable swimwear labels.

Art-inspired brand Kowtow draws its latest inspiration from artist Bruno Munari’s precise clean lines and geometric shapes. Borrowing vivid hues of red, green and cobalt from Yves Klein, the collection also includes new colours black and chalk, reminiscent of Piet Mondrian’s colour blocking. Kowtow is committed to working towards a closed-loop process and allows you to return your swimwear at the end of its useful life so they can continue the regeneration process. To complete your summer look, Kowtow has designed two limited edition organic cotton sarongs that have been hand loomed by a small group of artisans in India. Available online and in stores from October 31st, this collection is sure to get your summer started.

Dedicated to the flower that signals the beginning of summer, Peony Swimwear began their sustainability journey in 2017 and have since been introducing new earth-friendly processes every season. An independent and family-run business, their swimwear is made to go hand-in-hand with the beauty of nature. Every collection carries a sense of timelessness, allowing pieces to become cherished keepsakes of summers gone by (and the ones yet to come). Each piece is ethically made with love and packed in compostable and biodegradable bags so the only thing you need to worry about is the sand still piled at the bottom of your beach tote.

Melbourne-based LE BUNS inspires customers to follow their ethos of choosing well and buying less. Their eco-conscious swimwear is designed to be adaptable and versatile enough to be integrated into your daily wardrobe essentials. Everything from their manufacturing process to their fabric sourcing and eco packaging has been carefully considered to reduce their environmental impact. Founder Keisha Dessaix even visits and works from the factories to design and develop each collection, ensuring that all workers have a good standard of living and are paid fairly. With a range of flattering separates and one pieces, LE BUNS is here to move with you from the land into the sea.

Dedicated to celebrating the female form, Bondi Born channels the same commitment to their eco-friendly fabrics and ethical manufacturing processes. Founders Dale McCarthy and Karla Clarke ensure that each piece is meticulously fitted and refitted for the perfect cut to give every woman beach body confidence. Thanks to their sustainably made, low-carbon footprint Sculpteur fabric, you can be sure your swimwear will go the distance (up to 10 x times longer than your average swim piece). Made locally in Sydney, every purchase includes a donation to a charity that helps women around the world. As spotted on Kaia Gerber and Grace Mahary, live like a Bondi local and make a splash.

The team at Camp Cove recognise that the ocean welcomes us and asks for nothing in return; a philosophy that also embodies their business. By combining comfort, individuality and retro styling, their swimwear ensures that you’ll look stylish and feel good too. Spring Summer 2020 is their first collection made entirely from recycled fabrics and features a range of fun prints in flattering cuts. Rather than waste water, all of their patterns are digitally printed and fit to the width of the fabric to ensure the least amount of waste possible. These high quality fabrics are then trialled and tested so you can confidently surf, swim and snorkel in style.