We choose to digitally print our textiles for both apparel and swimwear as this method ticks a number of environmental boxes over traditional rotary or screen printing. The absence of screens means there’s significantly less water waste and chemical cleaning involved, not to mention the screens themselves which typically end up in landfill. Digital printing on the other hand offers a low power alternative that facilitates smaller fabric runs, allowing us to order only what we use and minimise fabric waste.
Made from the hardworking fibres of the flax plant, linen is a fabric long-loved for both its sustainable and physical qualities. Durable, breathable and biodegradable, this preferred fibre is produced with significantly less water than cotton and also emits less carbon. The flax plant is a hardy crop that can grow in poor quality soil without the need for pesticides or fertilisers, which promotes rich topsoil and in turn a healthier environment. Added bonus: the more you wear it, the softer it becomes.
Hemp has a number of advantageous qualities we think make it pretty special. Not only is it physically very durable, comfortable and able to hold its shape, but it’s incredibly fast-growing, uses significantly less water than many other crops, absorbs huge amounts of carbon and thrives in a variety of soil conditions without causing harm to the environment. On top of all this, hemp is resistant to mould and UV light, and holds its colour better than most other natural fibres.
A traditional fabric with a rich history and exceptional hand feel, silk is a circular textile and made with zero-waste. Produced with domesticated silkworms that feed on the leaves of the mulberry tree, its byproducts are integrated back into local ecosystems. As a natural fabric, silk is long-lasting and also biodegradable, yet generally speaking its production still has a way to go. Typically, there are four qualities of silk available (conventional, peace, organic, and recycled), each with their unique advantages and drawbacks. We are currently investigating a preferred production for our future silk pieces.
Biodegradable, breathable and durable, cotton is a highly renewable plant whose properties as a textile have been loved for centuries. The state of its production, however, could use some improvements. The continued global demand for this beloved fibre is pushing the industry to make both environmental and social advancements to its cultivation, and we want to do better in the future by supporting this progress with a reputable organic cotton. We’ll let you know as soon as we’ve managed the switch
When it came to choosing a textile for our swimwear collection, ECONYL® regenerated nylon was a clear decision for our team. This eco-friendly fibre is made from pre- and post-consumer waste, such as old carpets, fabric scraps and fishing nets pulled from the ocean, which are processed into superior quality Italian nylon that’s twice as resistant to chlorine, sun lotions and oils over standard swim fabrications. Created with an understanding that the world’s resources aren’t infinite, ECONYL® diverts waste from landfill into a luxurious solution that’s also infinitely recyclable. Like we said, obvious choice.