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The famous fabric to look out for when swimwear shopping

The famous fabric to look out for when swimwear shopping

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There are increasingly more local sustainable brands offering gorgeous guilt-free swimwear options – And most of them rely on one magic ingredient.

There are increasingly more local sustainable brands offering gorgeous guilt-free swimwear options – And most of them rely on one magic ingredient.

The famous fabric to look out for when swimwear shopping
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.

In the UK, a host of sustainable swimwear brands are using it to make their products:

We Are We Wear

This is a London based swimwear and intimates brand that advocates body positivity in women of all sizes. They have recently branched out into a sustainability focus in their “ECO EDIT” swimwear range, which focuses on pieces made entirely from recycled materials. The range is made in Italy (not exactly local but close to UK) and is made from unwanted waste materials such as fishing nets, industrial plastics and fabric scraps. We Are We Wear have the message that “We Are We Wear Girls can show their love for the planet without compromising on style or fit.”

Casa Raki

Another London based brand that is solely focused on ethically produced products that are made from high tech but ecological fabrics. Rather than being a brand that is dabbling in sustainable practices, it is the epicentre of their business. The items are made in a couture factory in Portugal where sustainable materials and processes are used.

Items are made from EcoNyl, recycled polyester and nylon and some pieces that look to be made from yarn are actually sourced from Castor Bean which has 25% less impact on climate change than other plastic based options.

The website also encourages buyers to fix, resell or swap their garments and offers to assist with advice on how to mend your garment should you need to. The brand’s commitment is to work to reduce the negative associations with manufacturing and to ensure that all practices are fair and respectful. They also only produce a limited amount of garments every season to ensure there is no waste.

Ayla

This UK based, women-owned company makes resort wear and swim wear, all made from recycled materials. The brand focuses on selling separate pieces that can all fit together to ensure that updating your look could mean only changing one item and hence reducing the waste of replacing your whole wardrobe.  

When looking at their products, you will see material names such as Cupro, Tencel™, Econyl® and Repreve® which are all fabrics that are sustainable in their own right. This brand also limits their stock to prevent waste and educates customers by including the best ways to care for your new pieces to ensure they last as long as possible.

Even more popular brands such as ASOS, Monki and Weekday are aiming at using recycled materials in their swimwear, so if baby steps is what you are after, then choosing from these options is a step in the right direction!

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.

In the UK, a host of sustainable swimwear brands are using it to make their products:

We Are We Wear

This is a London based swimwear and intimates brand that advocates body positivity in women of all sizes. They have recently branched out into a sustainability focus in their “ECO EDIT” swimwear range, which focuses on pieces made entirely from recycled materials. The range is made in Italy (not exactly local but close to UK) and is made from unwanted waste materials such as fishing nets, industrial plastics and fabric scraps. We Are We Wear have the message that “We Are We Wear Girls can show their love for the planet without compromising on style or fit.”

Casa Raki

Another London based brand that is solely focused on ethically produced products that are made from high tech but ecological fabrics. Rather than being a brand that is dabbling in sustainable practices, it is the epicentre of their business. The items are made in a couture factory in Portugal where sustainable materials and processes are used.

Items are made from EcoNyl, recycled polyester and nylon and some pieces that look to be made from yarn are actually sourced from Castor Bean which has 25% less impact on climate change than other plastic based options.

The website also encourages buyers to fix, resell or swap their garments and offers to assist with advice on how to mend your garment should you need to. The brand’s commitment is to work to reduce the negative associations with manufacturing and to ensure that all practices are fair and respectful. They also only produce a limited amount of garments every season to ensure there is no waste.

Ayla

This UK based, women-owned company makes resort wear and swim wear, all made from recycled materials. The brand focuses on selling separate pieces that can all fit together to ensure that updating your look could mean only changing one item and hence reducing the waste of replacing your whole wardrobe.  

When looking at their products, you will see material names such as Cupro, Tencel™, Econyl® and Repreve® which are all fabrics that are sustainable in their own right. This brand also limits their stock to prevent waste and educates customers by including the best ways to care for your new pieces to ensure they last as long as possible.

Even more popular brands such as ASOS, Monki and Weekday are aiming at using recycled materials in their swimwear, so if baby steps is what you are after, then choosing from these options is a step in the right direction!

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