A better choice: ECONYL®

Our way of doing business is to show respect for people and the planet – and that starts by choosing the right materials. The fabric we use for our swimwear is made of ECONYL® and Elastan and is produced in Italy.

What sets ECONYL®, a regenerated nylon yarn, apart is the fact that it is made entirely from old fishing nets and other plastic waste – and, in comparison to new nylon, it therefore saves precious resources and avoids harmful CO2 emissions.

 

Credits @Jana Leberl // exxpedition

 

How is ECONYL® made?

Old fishing nets are rescued from oceans all over the world and collected, together with other waste such as fabric remnants, carpets and industrial plastic.

Sorting and cleaning: an extensive regeneration and purification process returns the nylon waste back to its original state. The result: ECONYL® has less of an impact on the environment, which makes it a good alternative to pure nylon – without any compromises in terms of quality.

ECONYL® nylon is processed into textile yarn for the fashion industry. But ECONYL® can also be used in other areas – for interior furnishings as carpet yarn, for example.

A new life: We use ECONYL® for our surf and swimwear. What sets ECONYL® apart is that it has the potential to be recycled infinitely – without any reduction in quality.

Save valuable resources

With every 10,000 tons of ECONYL® raw material, we are able to:

• save 70.000 barrels of crude oil
• avoid 57.100 tons of co2 emission

Compared to virgin nylon, ECONYL® reduces the global warming impact up to 80%. It is more sustainable and we are able to use less new resources.
By this we are one step closer to a full cycle, never ending circle of resources – just as our planets nature works.

The Circle of Water

We source the ECONYL® fabrics for our swimwear from our Italian producer, who shares our understanding of the importance of water. Every single drop is used: the water is reused three times before being processed and purified in treatment plants. The clean water is then fed back into the river pollutant-free and therefore returned to nature – this means that more than a third of the water can be returned to its natural cycle.

But we still haven’t reached the end of our journey: despite the use of ECONYL®, our MYMARINI swimwear is not completely recyclable due to the elastane that is added to make it stretchy and elasticated. Because, unlike ECONYL®, elastane cannot be recycled. Once the two have been mixed, it is not possible to separate them from each other.
That’s why we are currently looking for an equivalent alternative to elastane that is recyclable, which will enable us to close the loop and continue minimising the impact of our production on the environment.