How kind is our swimwear to the planet? Answer: completely.
We believe that just using recycled fabric isn't enough, we put our passion for sustainability into every decision we make by considering both sourcing and manufacturing processes. In this journal post we are breaking our sustainability down to component level so we can fully explain our ways of working and our goals for the future.
Our fabric is made from 100% regenerated nylon yarns derived from pre and post industrial waste such as discarded fishing nets, carpet fluff, tulle and much more. Once these materials have reached the end of their useful life, instead of being disposed of in the landfill, they are recovered and reborn into our fabric.
Rubber tapes can be used in swimwear to give extra stretch to straps and seams, resulting in a better and more comfortable fit. We have chosen to use Fulflex natural rubber due to the products renewable and sustainable properties.
Our gold trims, including our sunray, branding are all made from zamac, an eco-friendly alloy. This is due to a low temperature manufacturing process and the finished items being totally recyclable. The side bones that we are using is made from polyester, which is needed to give extra support and comfort but can be easily recycled.
NO WASTE & RECYCLABLE CUPS
Our bra cups are made from Polyurethane, which can be easily recycled but are not from a renewable source. In our first collection we are only using two types cups meaning that we needed a very small quantity. The cups that we have selected will cause no waste due to there being no minimum order (so we can order just 1 pair if we wanted to). The sustainable option made from polymerized coffee oil required us to buy more and create a lot of waste, which is what we didn't want. We will be using the sustainable option as soon as we possibly can.
NO WASTE SEWING TREADS
The threads we are using are made from polyester, which is necessary to give high performance. As with the cups, these non-recycled sewing threads have no minimum order resulting in us being able to order the exact amount needed. Once we are able to meet their minimum order quantity without waste we will switch to a recycled polyester sewing thread.
WHAT DOES ALL OF THIS MEAN?
We hope that by openly sharing with you our sourcing decisions you can understand our passions for being as sustainable and kind to the planet as possible. Due to us being a small brand we have faced a few difficult decisions when deciding to use non-recycled options to minimise on waste (because waste in itself is not sustainable).
What this list does show is how a conventionally unrecyclable product, such as swimwear, can actually become recyclable. The metal trims, side bones, rubber and cups are easily recycled. Although fabric and sewing threads cannot be restored to their raw materials they can be donated to create artworks etc. it just takes some research to find them a new purpose!
Thank you for allowing us to share with you our ways of working as we continue to tread carefully on our beloved planet.