OUR MATERIALS

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®

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.

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Repreve®

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.

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Hemp

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.

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Organic Cotton

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.

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Linen

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.

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Tencel™ Lyocell

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.

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Tencel™ Modal

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.

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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.

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Tencel™ Luxe

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.

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Other Materials

Branding

Our hang tags are made from 80% recycled paper and printed with soy-based inks. Even the hang tag strings, along with all garment sew-in labels, are made of 100% organic cotton.

Trims

The metal trims used in our designs are composed of partially recycled materials. When using buttons, we work to source styles made from the Corozo nut, a seed from the Tagua Palm, native to South America. The nuts are harvested only when they ripen and fall from the trees, producing 30-50 lbs of nuts annually and living for approximately one hundred years. We are also sourcing buttons partially made from recycled paper and recycled polyester.

Dyes and Chemicals

We ask that all of our factories use high quality dyes by brands such as Hunstman. When onboarding a new supplier, we look for partnerships that are Oeko-Tex® 100 Standard, meaning that raw materials will undergo testing to ensure that no harmful chemicals are used. We test our materials against a Restricted Substances List (RSL) based on the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals’ list. Our list is ever changing as we continue to learn more about the role and impact of certain chemicals.

Packaging

Glassine Bags

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.