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What you should know about Lycra.

Posted on June 25 2018


I was recently sent some information about Aquafil (the company who creates the fabric I use to make our beautiful swimwear) and after having read over what they sent, I felt inspired to share some of it with you.

The fibre the fabric is made from is called ECONYL® and it’s a 100% recycled fibre. As you may, or may not know synthetic fibres are made from petroleum which is not at all good for the environment. So it was an exciting day when I found this lycra that is considered to be one of the most sustainable in the world.

Here’s a little breakdown of what it’s made of:

*Pre-consumer waste which can be production discards, industrial plastic components and textile scraps like the fluff and waste pictured below.

     Textile waste to make lycra    Textile waste to make lycra


*Post-consumer waste which is waste that would otherwise be dumped in landfills or abandoned in nature with big environmental problems. With the ECONYL® Regeneration System they recover this material - which can be carpet fluff (the upper part of carpet), abandoned or spent fishing nets (from all over the world) such as the ones pictured below.  


Fishnets to make lycra

Some of the environmental benefits that are a result of this innovative process are: 

For every 10,000 tons of ECONYL® they:

-   eliminate 13.1 thousand tons of waste

-  save 70 thousand barrels of crude oil

-  avoid 54 thousand tons of CO2 equivalent emissions

Source: Aquafil internal data.

I just love that there is a company willing to use what we consider waste to make something new?

To literally go from the this:                       

Divers recovering fishing nets

To this........ 

            One piece swimwear for women         

Is truly amazing isn’t it?

The best part is that it’s some of the softest and best quality lycra I’ve ever used. Meaning that the swimwear made from it feels so nice to wear and will last longer. 

So let me know what you think about this?

And also, if you know of other great companies or business’ that are creating products from waste please list them in the comments below as well. Then we can support them.


PS: If you’ld like to view the range of swimwear we have available you can click here. 

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  • Poppi olive: June 25, 2018


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