Why sustainable swimwear?
Sustainable swimwear and the plastic disaster to our environments.
Plastic was a great invention – It helps protect goods, such as food items or sanitized products such as medical equipment. It´s light weight which helps save emissions on transportations. Plastic is everywhere and in more places than you would initially think of. You will find it in safety helmets, phones, televisions and other modern-day inventions, that make our way of living possible. However, we can all also see how and why plastic is a huge problem for us and our planet.
We cannot say for sure how exaclty much plastic waste we generate each year globally. But it is estimated that about 8 metric tons of plastic, enter our oceans each year. That is as much as 90 airplanes! Think about that for a minute. 90 airplanes worth of plastic waste and debris ends up in our oceans each and every year. Moreoever, about 640.000 tons of fishing gear are lost or dumped in our oceans yearly.
It is impossible for us, as individuals, to figure out what we can do to minimize this issue. Plastic is not biodegradeable, which means it will stick around forever and never decompose. Eventually it will break into tiny pieces of plastic referred to as microplastics. The Microplastics can easily end up in the fish we eat or other products we use. Not only is it unhealthy for us to eat, it can also cause extreem pain and injury to sea life.
The only way to protect our environments from non-biodegradeable products, is to re-use them. That is why, to be eco-friendly, we produce sustainable swimwear.
Another form of problematic microplastics comes directly from fishing nets found in the oceans. These fibers can easily contain very harmfull pollutants such as dyes and pesticides .
Once these fibers breaks down, they release the harmful chemicals into our oceans. Needless to say thats a huge problem for our environment and our health.
We are proud to be a part of the solution and not the problem. Our products are created from regenerated plastic found in the oceans, such as fishing nets (called ghost nets). Million of animals are killed or injured by these ghost nets each year.
Some countries has repported that microplastics found in seafood, has been steadily growing over the past year. Seafood that we eat. For example, North America found that 67% of all fish species contained microplastics. In Indonesia they repported a similar 55%. However, the main microplastic components found in fish in America, came from synthetic fibers, whereas in Indonesia, they came from hard plastic sources.
One study, done in America, shows that 93% of bottled water contained microplastic. Per liter they found, on average, 330 plastic particles. Compared to tap water, bottled water had two times the amount of microplastics. Some of this is due to the process of bottling and packaging the water. Another reason why re-using bottles or using a glass water bottle, is a much better option for you than single-use water bottles.
We are comitted to producing high quality swimwear that is not only ethically made but also sustainable. Our passion is sustainable swimwear and eco friendly bikinis. Sustainable swimwear might not be the complete answer, but our mission is to be supportive to our environments by producing sustainable swimwear. And never sacrifice style or fit.
Non-profit organizations such as healthy seas, are comitted to removing fishing nets from our oceans. See their work here.
The fishing nets they remove gets processed and broken down into small pellets. Those small plastic beads are then turned into a yarn which then ends up as the luxurious fabrics we use for our sustainable swimwear.
Since 2013, The Healthy Seas organisation, has removed 453 tons of fishing nets from our oceans – Thats the weight of 3 blue whales. These recovered fishing nets gets turned into Econyl yarn which in turn has produced more than 350.000 m2 of brand-new carpet. And more than 9 million new pieces of sustainable swimwear.
For every 10.000 tons of raw Econyl materials, we avoid 57.100 tonnes of CO2 emissions. That is because, the process of producing sustainable swimwear fabrics, is much more eco-friendly than the traditional produciton of Nylon. Also it can be reused again and again, making the production 100% circular.
So what can we do as individuals? Of course we will try and encourage you to support our mission and purchase one of our amazing sustainable swimwear. But most important thing is to reduse the use of plastic, especially single-use plastic such as water bottles and straws.
Buy and support more sustainable options instead, such as sustainable swimwear and the glass straw or glass bottle. Look at how much plastic you have in our own household and identify the areas in where a more sustainable option is available.
Take action to not disgard plastic waste in nature or places where plastic can get into our oceans. Do you throw cuetips into the toilet and flush them? Do you forget your straw and plastic bags on the beach? The more concious we are of our actions towards our nature, the more action we can take towards preventing plastic ending up in our oceans.
Support companys who are comitted to make a change. Demand that other companies find more sustainable solutions to their products.
We need to change the world and the problem of platstic, one water bottle at a time.