Island State Co - ECO SWIM
The decision to make swimwear didn't come lightly for us, but what's a surf brand without swimwear? However, what's an ECO brand without sustainable and ECO solutions to otherwise often environmentally damaging production methods and environmentally damaging materials? Why swim in the ocean in bathers that one way or the other have damaged, or will damage, the environment? That seems like a massive contradiction to loving ocean and surf life.
Swimwear is usually made from synthetic materials, which are made from petrochemicals that have significant environmental impacts. The manufacturing of them can create nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas.
Synthetic materials are not biodegradable, so once you no longer have a need for it, it can sit in landfill for up to 30 years.
Nylon 6 waste is collected all over the world and sent to the ECONYL® waste treatment centre in Ajdovščina, Slovenia.
Waste is collected through different initiatives and projects:
The ECONYL® Reclaiming Program – The ECONYL® reclaim managers are expanding the waste collection network, across the globe with operations in the USA, Egypt, Greece, Pakistan, Thailand, Norway and Turkey.
The Healthy Seas - A journey from waste to wear initiative – Volunteer divers are recovering abandoned or lost ghost nets from the bottom of the seas in Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, Greece and Croatia.
Net-Works™ - Founded by Interface with Zoological Society London, it is a social initiative to empower coastal communities in the Philippines and Cameroon to collect and sell discarded fishing nets.
THE WASTE RECOVERED COMES FROM
Fishing Nets (spent fish farming nets and ghost fishing nets)
Fluff (the upper part of old, spent Nylon carpets)
Industrial Plastic Waste
For every 10,000 tons of ECONYL® caprolactam (the raw material used), these are the environmental benefits obtained:
Elimination of 12.6 thousand tonnes of waste
Saved 70 thousand barrels of crude oil
Avoided 42 thousand tons of CO2 equivalent emissions
Saved 865 thousand GJ on total process energy