Turning plastic problems into swimwear solutions
It's a chilling thought that by the year 2050 there will be more plastic in the sea than fish.
Currently, the oceans of the world are the unhappy home to around 640,000 tons of discarded nylon fishing nets. Not only is nylon non-biodegradable, the process of manufacturing it is also highly polluting. Both big problems.
This is one of the reasons we're passionate about continuing our work with ECONYL®. They have invented a way of converting discarded fishing nets and other waste material into a high performance swimwear fabric, helping us to close the loop and turn a problem into a solution.
What is Econyl®?
Econyl® regenerates global nylon waste by collecting it from landfills and oceans, turning it back into a usable fabric. From old carpets to discarded fishing nets, it's a way of getting rid of plastic pollution, repurposing it and eliminating the process of creating new and potentially harmful materials.
What is involved in the process of turning waste into a new material?
1. Nylon 6 waste is collected all over the world and sent to the ECONYL® waste treatment centre in Ajdovščina, Slovenia. This waste comes from fishing nets, old carpets, industrial plastic waste, yarn discards and fabric scraps.
2. At the waste treatment centre in Slovenia different types of waste are cleaned and prepared for regeneration.
3. It's then in the Econyl® depolymerisation plant where the magic happens. The material is chemically processed, allowing it to go back to the state of raw material.
4. This is where it gets a bit more technical. The current raw material then gets turned back into a Nylon 6 polymer.
5. It is then transformed into new textile yarns, which means a fabric we can use for our swimwear.
Why is this fabric so good for swimwear?
The reason why Econyl® regenerated fabric is so great for swimwear is that it is extremely smooth, allowing for streamlined shape and fit. Comfort is something we've really taken into consideration in this year's range, ensuring that all our swimwear is fit for purpose so when you get in the water, you are performing at your maximum.
To further our commitment to cleaner seas, we're supporting Surfers Against Sewage, an environmental charity protecting UK waves, oceans and beaches, by donated 10% of our profits from the sale of our Econyl® Swimwear.