Every new summer season comes with the temptation to buy new swimwear. And let’s be real, did you even spend those days on the beach, or glamorously lounging poolside if there isn’t photo evidence to prove it?
Luckily, there are increasingly more local sustainable brands offering gorgeous guilt-free swimwear options. And most of them rely on one magic ingredient: EcoNyl.
What is EcoNyl?
EcoNyl is 100% regenerated nylon made using fishing nets, plastics and other debris from the ocean. Italian firm Aquafil is responsible for the new wonder fabric, that’s made through a chemical recycling process.
Chemical recycling breaks down the materials to their simplest particles, before reconfiguring them into the recycled nylon. The result is a nylon substitute that looks and feels like the real thing, without compromising on quality.
How is it good for the environment?
The chemical recycling process means that the materials used to make EcoNyl aren’t degraded and the process can be done again and again. Considering that an estimated 40% of ocean waste is nylon, this could have a huge impact on ocean conservation. According to the company, replacing nylon with EcoNyl can reduce carbon emissions by 50%.
Who’s using it?
EcoNyl first became popular as a swimwear fabric, but now is gaining popularity as a nylon replacement by brands like Burberry and Prada.
Locally, a host of sustainable swimwear brands are using it to make their products:
With the belief that “sustainability should not be a marketing tool, it should be a requirement”, Abysse is a small women-owned family business that embodies all aspects of sustainability. Their products are locally produced and their goal is to create products made out of environmentally conscious materials that look good, function well, and empower women.
Abysse’s swimwear is made out 100% recycled fabrics, repurposed from discarded fishing nets, and their entire collection uses Aquafil’s yarn. Their newest range of ribbed swimwear was produced using Repreve, a polyester fiber made out of 100% recycled plastic, the majority of which comes from discarded plastic bottles.
With a focus on sustainable materials and processes, Mara Hoffman is also committed to providing safe and ethical work conditions and lowering their carbon footprint. All of their swimwear is manufactured in Los Angeles – ensuring higher national employment levels, a lower carbon footprint and less pollution. Natural, organic and recycled fabrics are prioritized and 100% of their swimwear is produced using recycled nylon or recycled polyester.
Since 2017, Mara Hoffman’s use of EcoNyl fabric in their swimwear has diverted over 17,767 lbs of waste from landfills, including 4,442 lbs of fishing nets.
This California based company has an extensive range of swimwear that includes one pieces and high-rise bikini bottoms. Committed to making clothes with a smaller environmental impact in factories that treat workers well, Reformation puts sustainability first in everything they do.
Not only is all their solid dyed swimwear made from EcoNyl fibers, they also invest in green building infrastructure to minimize their waste, water, and energy footprints.
All of Seea’s swimwear is made using recycled fabrics like EcoNyl, Repreve, Textured Fabric and C-Skin. For their wetsuit range they’ve replaced Neoprene with plant-based Yulex, a 100% natural rubber, harvested from trees that are Forest Stewardship Council certified.
To further lower their carbon footprint, all their items are produced within a 70 mile radius of their headquarters in California and they provide free repairs to their wetsuits in order to extend their life for as long as possible.
With four times the compression of average suits and made from fabric that’s five times stronger than average swimwear, Summersalt’s range of beach-proof swimwear stands up to sand, sweat and chlorine – meaning it lasts longer and you won’t need to replace your bikini every summer.
Made from fabrics crafted from recycled plastics, post-consumer materials and nylon waste—like old fishing nets, Summersalt has also tested their suits on over 10 000 women, ensuring the perfect fit.
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