Who knew that recycled fabrics made from fishing nets and carpets could be so beautiful? Each one of our fabric samples are as luxurious as the other but all doing very different jobs; shine, matte, ribbed, sporty, soft. Admiring these fabrics made us consider the journey they had been on, a journey from waste to wear.
The work that goes into the creation of recycled fabrics is astounding. Before our swimwear embarks on summer journeys it will have made significant differences within the world. Here we share our fabrics journey, commending the work that our fabric supply chain does to help preserve the natural world. This is our 'Thank You' to all of the companies that help make our business mission possible!
- The Ocean -
The ocean is where marine litter starts its journey to becoming textile products for our swimwear. A team of divers for Healthy Seas set out to rid the seas of fishing nets in the North Sea, Adriatic and Mediterranean. These oceans are important for biodiversity and tourism and also heavily used for fishing. This creates an abundance of discarded, lost or abandoned fishing nets, which are often called “ghost nets”, since they continue to catch fish and other marine animals without human involvement. The result? Millions of marine animals, including sharks, dolphins, seals and turtles very sadly suffer and die by being entangled in these nets. The importance of retrieving these nets is tremendous as oceanic currents and winds can carry ghost nets thousands of kilometres. Even remote Antarctic habitats are not free from this pollution – every ocean on our Earth is affected. This means that every net that is retrieved helps to save all marine life and create a healthier planet.
- The Yarn -
Healthy Seas is partnered with Aquafil, an Italian global leader in synthetic fibres. Aquafil takes the recovered fishing nets, along with fabric scraps, carpets and industrial plastic from landfills and oceans, and transforms them into the Econyl® yarn. This is a high-quality raw material used to create new products. Econyl® regenerated nylon is not only a solution on waste, it also reduces the global warming impact of nylon by up to 80% compared with conventional material.
For every 10,000 tons of Econyl® raw material 70,000 barrels of crude oil is saved and 57,100 tonnes of CO2 emissions are avoided - The equivalent of 9,667 homes' electricity use for one year!
- The Fabric -
Carvico and Jersey Lomellina take the yarns from Econyl and knit them together to make luxurious fabrics. Carvico promotes environmental responsibility by supporting international projects aimed at safeguarding the environment. Additionally they contribute to the social and financial development of local communities, spreading awareness to make people more respectful of the environment. Carvico has created truly sustainable and circular processes, such as:
Using electricity derived from their own renewable sources. They save over 900.000 kwh in 2018, which are equal to the annual energy consumption per capita of over 1200 people!
Water is extracted from their own boreholes. This is used to cool knitting and dying machines and rinsing fabrics. Following this the water gets treated through a chemical-physical biological process, purifies it and discharges it inside the river Brembo. The water discharged by Carvico and Jersey Lomellina is clean.
99% of their wastes are recycled and re-used - The equivalent of the content of 160 garbage trucks avoids ending up in the landfill!
The surrounding areas of the factory is a green belt, which is maintained by Carvico and contributes to the absorption of any CO2 released into the atmosphere, improving their environmental balance.