The fabric in Moontide’s new eco-range is certified 84% pre-consumer polyamide, or nylon fabric, which is made from fabric scraps and waste from the textile industry.
All of our business travel is CO2 offset.
Everything in our offices is recycled and reused where possible.
Another way in which we work towards sustainability, is we are not ‘fast fashion’.
We have put our material through the test and it has proven to be long-lasting and durable.
We have chosen to digitally print all of our designs to save on potential chemical pollution from screen-printing.
We are constantly reviewing and updating our environmental policies.
Sustainable swimwear is also called recycled swimwear, eco-friendly swimwear, ethical swimwear …and even recycled plastic swimwear!
What is the difference?
How do you know which fabric to choose?
What is the best sustainable swimwear to buy?
We can make it easier with a quick run down on what to look out for when choosing your new eco-conscious bikini.
What are Sustainable Fabrics?
Well, basically re-using materials to create recycled fabrics, or, using a sustainably grown natural fibre crop like organic cotton or hemp.
A recycled polyester fabric will produce 75% less CO2 than virgin polyester.
Why choose Sustainable Swimsuits?
Sustainable swimwear is made to last and made with love for the world and the people on it. It’s the responsible choice for our planet!
There’s so much on the market these days, with more choice and better production methods so it’s not as pricey as it once was and is definitely affordable.
Recycled plastic bottles, recycled polyester, organic plant fibre…what does it all mean?!
Your sustainable swimwear clothing label won’t necessarily say ‘hey, I’m made of recycled plastic bottles’ but you will find either a brand name, like Econyl, which is a recycled fabric- or the label will state that the fabric is made from recycled materials, or from natural fibres.
Here at Moontide, our labels say ‘80% recycle polyamide’ – the other 20% is the elastane content that allows the fabric to stretch, but bounce back into shape!
Recycled material brands
There’s lots on the market and more earth conscious ways to produce sustainable materials being discovered.
Econyl is a well known Italian brand using recycled nylon fabric. It combines textile waste and post-consumer waste using industrial plastics, old carpets and recycled fishing nets.
Q-Nova, and Evo were also developed by an Italian company, Fulgar.
Evo is a bio-based yarn made from castor oil. Repreve is an American recycled polyester fabric made from plastic bottles and post-consumer waste.
Non-branded recycled material
One of the least polluting and most sustainable recycled fabric has to be pre-consumer textile waste which is regenerated Nylon fibres.
It’s cleaner, so the fibres easier to recover and remake it into new fabric.
Natural fibre fabrics
Natural fibres include , cotton, bamboo cotton and hemp.
Natural fibres are biodegradable and break down slowly will do the least harm in these terms, although water useage and pestisides necessary for crop production along with soil erosion needs to be considered.
Plant fibres are also often combined with nylon to lengthen the life of the fabric and provide stretch and return to shape after swimming.
The most sustainable fabric is organic hemp which uses less water than cotton production and produces more fibre.
Hemp also has naturally higher UV protection and the long roots help prevent soil erosion.
A Hemp crop can be grown on infertile land that is unsuitable for crop production.
So what your swimsuit is made from is important… but sustainable swimwear means more than just looking at recycled materials.
It’s really important to think about sustainable swimwear brands as a whole.
Recycled fabric is great but what about the environmental impact on the planet in producing these fabrics?
How the fabrics are manufactured also determines how sustainable they are.
That’s where we look at sustainable swimwear brands and their brand credentials – are they ethically sourced, ethically produced?
It sounds quite daunting but a sustainable swimwear brand will want to shout about all the great stuff they are doing in terms of their carbon footprint because they are concerned for the environment.
Sustainable Swimwear Brands
Ethical production, simply means reducing harmful environmental and ethical practices in the production processes such as lowering carbon emissions, reducing water consumption, using mechanical extraction processes rather than chemical.
Ethical swimwear brands are trying to minimise their waste and environmental impact but also to improve working conditions and practices and give back to the community.
Think about the energy that goes into sourcing, transporting, cleaning, manufacturing and distributing.
It makes sense that if a company can source and manufacture a product locally to them, it’s more efficient and less polluting.
It’s almost impossible if it’s a global brand but there are things that ethical swimwear brands can do, like carbon offsetting, or using sea transport as opposed to air freight.
We do both at Moontide, also producing limited collection runs, as needed, to further minimize waste.
Along with many other environmentally aware swimwear companies, Moontide only uses Digital printing techniques.
These dramatically reduce both water usage and material waste. Low-impact, or vegan dyes mean chemical dyes are not released into water sources.
Slow fashion verses fast fashion
Reducing environmental impact means moving away from fast fashion to slow fashion.
What do we mean? We don’t mean there won’t be any new fashion! Just that fashion needs to be longer lasting.
It is one of the most polluting industries in the world.
Rather than buying poor quality, disposable, swimwear every season, a quality piece will last – making it less polluting in the long run.
Using the best quality, sustainable fabrics in our sustainable swimwear collections will extend the garment life, reducing production emissions and methane from landfill.
By producing designs that create timeless modern classics and not those strange swimsuits with lots of holes and jangly bits that that look ridiculous when you pull it out of your wardrobe next summer!
Your favourite swimsuit will still look modern and fresh in years to come.
Considered design is the key.
Moontide designs are renowned as modern classics.
It doesn’t end with making the garments, how your sustainable swimwear is packaged is just as important.
Many companies use recycled packaging or biodegradable packaging that is compostable.
Recycling is another eco-credential. More ethical swimwear brands are working towards recycling programmes to achieve that full circle of care.
Lastly, it’s good to consider what a company gives back.
Do they donate part of their profits back to the community, helping sustainable charities, or to support sustainable practices?
At Moontide, we are always looking for ways to improve, from looking into tree planting schemes, how we can offer a recycling programme to better ways of recycling in the office and warehouse.