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.