There was no question that launching a brand in 2019 required us to face the reality of the apparel industry today— it’s harming our planet. It is the second largest pollution source in the world, and the stretchy synthetic materials swimwear is made from are some of the worst offenders, requiring large amounts of water and energy, while producing harmful greenhouse gasses during the manufacturing process. We knew we had to do better, so here’s how we’re doing our part:
The material: Our rash guards are made from 78% Econyl, an innovative fabric knit from recycled nylon and recovered ghost fishing nets. By reusing existing materials, we’re not only diverting goods from landfills, but preventing the need to create new virgin fabric. This circular model drastically reduces waste and harmful emissions by up to 80 percent. But quality is not compromised: Econyl is a luxurious, durable fabric, woven to the highest standards in Italy. Plus, it's more resistant to fading and discolouration than the average swim material.
The safe factor: Our suits have the highest possible UPF rating (50+), and also receive the highest Oeko-Tex 100 certification: Class 1, ensuring they are free of harmful chemicals that may be present in standard manufacturing, such as pesticides, heavy metals, flame retardants, allergy-inducing dyes… the list goes on. The rigorous, independent testing for a Class 1 certification means the garment is safe for even the most precious, sensitive newborn skin. Read more about this certification here.
The finishing touches: The tags sewn into the clothing are made from recycled polyester. The zippers also receive the Oeko-Tex 100 certification.
The packaging: Our swing tags, thank you cards and order forms are all printed on recycled paper using vegetable dyes where possible. Each suit is sealed in a plant-based biodegradable bag for protection and mailed to you in a plant-based biodegradable shipping bag. Both bags are non-toxic and completely compostable at home. Further, we ship each order via Sendle, a carbon-neutral mailing service.
The manufacturing: Ethical manufacturing is important to Sea Apple Swim, thus we've partnered with a factory in China that we're confident shares these beliefs and we maintain an ongoing and transparent conversation about their practices. The factory is also sustainably-aware, working to reduce waste in their supply chain where possible.
This is just the first step of our sustainability journey. We’re constantly refining our practices and will continue to make sustainable moves where possible.