How to Protect the Ocean With ECONYL Sustainable Swimwear
ECONYL Sustainable Swimwear
We know that the corona outbreak makes it seem like the world is going to end right now, but we also know that humans are stronger than that! In fact, there have been tons of incredible initiatives and community efforts in Australia and around the world to combat the negative effects of the disease. We’re talking free online classes, care packages and live-stream fitness videos for those in isolation, and many many more examples of human kindness.
Let’s keep the positivity going by investing in a sustainable future for Australia and the rest of the planet - there are lots of small steps we can take to make a genuine difference. That’s why we want to talk to you about ECONYL sustainable swimwear and demonstrate how this sustainable fabric is protecting our ocean and looking after our future.
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Protect the Ocean
Did you know that more than 70% of our planet is covered by ocean, home to millions of Earth’s animals and plants? Or that it drives weather patterns, regulates land temperatures, distributes the sun’s heat, and holds up to 98% of the Earth’s entire water supply? Did you know that whilst rainforests are responsible for roughly 28% of the oxygen we breathe, 70% of our oxygen is produced by marine plants, including kelp, plankton, and algae?
What about Australia? Well, our giant island is home to the biggest coral reef system in the world - the Great Barrier Reef. With approximately 900 islands and more than 2,900 individual reefs, it’s home to 1,500 species of fish. Pretty amazing and worth our protection, don’t you think?
ECONYL: Sustainable Recycled Nylon
If you’ve read our article on why our swimwear is made from ECONYL recycled plastic, then you’ll know that there are over 5 trillion pieces of plastic in our ocean, including ghost fishing nets. You will also know that Aquafil is one of the companies that is working on a solution. By rescuing waste plastic from the ocean (as well as industrial waste) and bringing it to their ECONYL regeneration plant for transformation, Aquafil is actively reducing plastic waste in the ocean and contributing to a more sustainable future.
Now, you might be thinking: “But loads of companies recycle plastic to make products, what’s so good about Aquafil and ECONYL?”
Aquafil doesn’t just create ECONYL fabric, it does so much more…
Approximately 640,000 tons of fishing gear is lost or abandoned in the ocean every year, costing millions of animals (marine and birdlife) their lives. Which is why Aquafil founded the Healthy Seas Initiative alongside Healthy Seas and Star Sock to recover fishing nets, prevent marine litter, and raise awareness of the preventable environmental damage.
They’re making a huge difference. Thanks to the collaboration with volunteer divers, 453 tons of fishing nets have been recovered from the ocean since 2013 - that’s roughly the same weight as 3 blue whales!
ECONYL Sustainable Fabric
The efforts of the Healthy Seas Initiative have enabled Aquafil to produce enough ECONYL to create more than 350,000 m2 of brand-new carpet AND more than 9 million pairs of brand-new socks. But it doesn’t stop there. Aquafil works with a whole host of community projects, such as NetWorks in the Philippines, to recover waste plastic and buys it from them to transform it into more ECONYL yarn. The resulting sustainable fabric can then be used to create hundreds of different products!
Circular Economy With ECONYL Swimwear
One such product is available here in Australia: Beach Bums and Feels’ ECONYL sustainable swimwear. Our bikinis are made using recycled plastic recovered from ocean waste and, with the help of our customers, can be endlessly recycled and regenerated as 100% quality nylon! By buying our swimwear, not only are you helping to reduce plastic waste in our ocean, but you are also contributing to a more circular economy.
How Can We Protect the Ocean?
In addition to reducing plastic waste in our ocean, by purchasing products created with ECONYL nylon, you are investing in Aquafil and all of their environmental protection initiatives. If you want to do more, you could also donate to the ocean projects directly:
Of course, there are plenty of personal habits we can change as well. From ditching single-use plastic to swapping fast fashion to sustainable and ethical fashion, we can all make a difference. We are capable of so much.
Let’s do something about our future! After all, what is more heartening than protecting our planet and saving lives?
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