SUSTAINABILITY AND SWIMWEAR

Plastic pollution of the world's oceans is a huge problem.  Documented levels of ocean plastics have reached as high as 51 trillion pieces.  The direct environmental impact is heartbreaking.  Countless images of marine life with stomachs filled with plastic waste are harrowing.  However, less well known and understood is the effect of ocean microplastics, especially upon humans.

Ocean microplastics are formed as larger plastic pieces break down over time, eventually accumulating as microscopic pieces floating throughout the world's oceans.  The problem lies when these tiny plastic pieces are ingested by fish and other marine life, which then ends up on our plates.  The long-term effects, especially for women, of ingesting these potentially toxic substances is a fundamentally important area of research, but still mostly unknown.

Synthetic textiles are a major contributor to ocean microplastic pollution, from a multitude of sources (e.g. clothing, fishing nets, carpets, other products made from synthetic textiles).  One of these textiles is Nylon - a synthetic polyamide.  Nylon is used widely in many forms - the majority of swimwear is made from nylon.  The impact of this synthetic textile on the ocean environment is significant.  Two of the largest sources of microplastic pollution in the ocean are microfibres from nylon fishing nets and microfibres that wear off clothing/swimwear during washing.  These fibres do not degrade, but they bind to toxic molecules in the water and accumulate as harmful microplastics in the ocean.  

Additionally, the production of synthetic Nylon is documented as being a major contributor to global warming due to the release of high quantities of nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas, as well as many other environmental consequences (damage from cheap dyes, extensive energy usage from production plants etc).

Our aim within the fashion industry is to try to regenerate and recycle these synthetic materials - decreasing waste and decreasing environmental pollution from the production and usage of the textiles. With the consideration specifically of ocean microplastics, the regeneration of plastic materials is one of the key factors in the fight against marine plastic pollution.  Removing plastic from the oceans, regenerating it into something useful, and hopefully replacing the need for production of more plastic materials.  This is Closed Loop Circular Production.

ECONYL® BRAND

ECONYL® is one of the global leaders in pioneering closed loop regeneration processes and delivering sustainable products.

Nylon waste collected from landfills and oceans around the world is transformed into ECONYL® Regeneration Nylon (100% regenerated nylon fibre). The product is high quality, resulting in a super smooth, sleek and hard wearing fabric.

LEARN MORE:  www.econyl.com

The Ocean Wanderer Collection is made from ECONYL® Regeneration Nylon

 

 

Deepa Shah