To produce a responsibly made product, we choose each material with intention and care. When sourcing for our designs, we prioritize natural, recycled, and organic fibers and do not use any fur, leather, mulesed sheep wool or feathers. 100% of our swimwear is produced using recycled nylon or recycled polyester.
ECONYL® Our solid swimwear is produced using ECONYL®, a 100% regenerated nylon fiber made from pre and post-consumer waste, like fishing nets, industrial plastic waste and fabric scraps. Using ECONYL® instead of sourcing new nylon allows us to recycle waste materials and give them a new life. Since 2017, our use of ECONYL® fabric has diverted over 17,767 lbs of waste from landfills, including 4,442 lbs of fishing nets.EXPLORE STYLES
Our textured swimwear is produced using REPREVE®, a polyester fiber made of 100% recycled plastic, comprised mostly of post-consumer plastic bottles. Compared to using conventional fibers, styles made using REPREVE® offset the use of new petroleum, emitting fewer greenhouse gases while conserving water and energy throughout the process.EXPLORE STYLES
We first introduced styles made using hemp with our Spring 2018 Ready to Wear collection. Considered to be one of the most environmentally friendly fabrics, hemp is naturally resistant to pests, requires relatively little water, and grows quickly. Hemp is a “sister plant,” meaning it replenishes the soil for the crops around it and is ideal for crop rotation. Hemp feels like a new linen, softening with each wash and wear.EXPLORE STYLES
Climate Beneficial™ Wool
Climate Beneficial™ wool was trademarked by scientists and community organizers who measure how fiber ecosystems can reverse climate change. The grazing sheep used for wool are moved across farm landscapes strategically to give the land time to regenerate. This means that with every growth cycle, grass draws down more carbon from the atmosphere. This cycle creates more nutrient and moisture-rich soil. In turn, healthy soil can hold more water, which creates resilience to droughts. This system not only reduces the environmental footprint but in fact becomes carbon-positive since the levels of carbon in the environment are also reduced. As climate change is reversed, the planet begins to heal itself.EXPLORE STYLES
We choose to use certified organic cotton fabric, which is grown without the use of pesticides or synthetic fertilizers and requires less irrigation as it relies mainly on rainwater. We source only Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified organic cotton fabric, widely recognized as the gold standard of sustainable processing for clothing and textiles.EXPLORE STYLES
Often found throughout our Ready to Wear collections, linen is a sustainable fiber made from the flax plant. A gentle crop that helps deter weeds from the plants around it, flax is typically grown without the use of herbicides or pesticides, and compared to cotton or polyester, requires less water and energy to produce. Linen transitions easily from season to season, keeps the body cool and gets softer with each wash and wear.EXPLORE STYLES
TENCEL™ Lyocell is a lyocell rayon fiber, created by converting dissolved wood pulp into versatile fiber using a low-toxicity solvent. During this process, 99.5% of chemicals are reused in a closed-loop system. TENCEL™ Lyocell is durable without feeling heavy – it has a gentle feel that moves well with the body.EXPLORE STYLES
TENCEL™ Modal is a brand of soft rayon made from Beechwood trees, grown mainly in Austria. As Beechwood trees grow, they naturally breed, eliminating the need for artificial irrigation and planting, thus resulting in a self-sustainable forest. The TENCEL™ Modal production process also recycles 95% of the production materials back into its manufacturing system.EXPLORE STYLES
Tencel™ with Refibra™
TENCEL™ with REFIBRA™ is a recycled fabric made from sustainably sourced wood pulp and pre-consumer cotton waste, promoting a circular clothing economy. In other words, waste from one process is reused in another to mitigate waste overall. TENCEL™ with REFIBRA™ is a flexible fabric that moves easily throughout each season, and it was first introduced to our fabric list with our Spring 2018 Ready to Wear collection.EXPLORE STYLES
TENCEL™ Luxe is a shiny filament yarn produced within Lenzing’s closed-loop lyocell production process (see above). Composed of natural materials derived from renewable sources, TENCEL™ Luxe is a newly innovated silk alternative that drapes naturally and keeps the body cool.EXPLORE STYLES
Dyes and Chemicals
In an effort to move away from traditional poly bags, which are challenging to recycle, take over landfills and take hundreds of years to breakdown, we launched glassine bags by Vela in February 2020. These bags are paper, fully recyclable, and are air, water and grease resistant.
Recycled Paper Mailer
In 2019, we transitioned all of our smaller shipments for web orders over to 100% recycled paper mailers. These mailers use at least 50% post-consumer recycled material and reduce out reliance on hard-to-recycle polymailers. For larger shipments, we use cardboard boxes, also containing recycled material.
Compostable Poly Bags
In 2016, we began shipping all swimwear in compostable plastic poly bags, sourced through TIPA. Trade regulations require that every item be packed in a bag, but choosing to use compostable bags instead of conventional plastic minimizes the negative impacts associated with using standard plastic. Our poly bags will decompose in a landfill much faster than standard plastic, and can be added to a home or industrial compost, where they’ll decompose within a matter of months.