Swimsuits are a summer staple, especially if they're conscious. Even if you live in the city, a hot afternoon calls for a bikini-clad day in the park and maybe even a few splashes in the nearest fountain. Which is why we're excited about this ultra eco-friendly suit created by Speedo x Aquafil, who together pioneered the world's first take back program for the swimwear industry.
Here's how it works. The ECONYL Regeneration System takes nylon materials like old swimsuits and abandoned fishing nets and transforms them into ECONYL Nylon 6 fabric, which can then be made into new swimsuits, sportswear, and even carpets. The Powerflex Eco fabric, designed exclusively for Speedo, is comprised of 78% Econyl and 22% Extra Life Lycra, making it endlessly recyclable and truly closed-loop. Even better, this production method reduces carbon emissions by 55% compared to virgin polymer.
Giulio Bonazzi, Chairman and CEO of Aquafil says, "We are challenging apparel manufacturers to be more sustainable and restructure their supply chain to divert waste from landfill," and Speedo is taking that challenge head on. Though their first models are a women's one piece and men's jammers meant primarily for performance, we're excited to see what Speedo does with this material as they branch out into fitness and recreational wear and continue to pioneer closed-loop production methods.
Moral of the Story: It's easy to be Sustainable. Innovations in textile recycling are constantly evolving, and the bigger players are getting involved.