Towing the Line

Sustainability is at the forefront of many fashion brands today. And now that also translates over to swimwear.

As summer is just around the corner, ethical online retailer Well Made Clothes has released a range of swimwear made from recycled fishing nets.

 Well Made Clothes is having a rubbish summer. Image supplied.

Well Made Clothes is having a rubbish summer. Image supplied.

A majority of the recycled nylon used across the collections has been regenerated via waste from the ocean and includes ghost fishing nets left to float in the ocean and harm its inhabitants by commercial fisheries.

Much of the recycled swimwear is made in conjunction with sustainable product developer Econyl, whose ethos is based on the principles of circular fashion. Econyl produces a luxury Italian nylon regenerated from these waste materials, and are the world’s leaders in the innovation of this fabric.

Econyl’s process involves collecting waste from landfills and oceans all over the world. They sort, clean and recover as much nylon as possible and regenerate it back into a product similar to virgin nylon.

For every 10,000 tons of Econyl raw material created, the company estimates it saves 70,000 barrels of crude oil, and avoids 57,100 tonnes of CO2 eq. emissions.

Fashion is one of the most polluting industries in the world, following the oil industry, and minimising its impact through innovation is crucial to the preservation of the fashion industry, and a means to save the planet.

Well Made Clothes stock a range of ethical fashion labels that use Econyl regenerated nylon including Kowtow, Good Studios, Vege Threads, Galamaar, and Baaby.

The Well Made Clothes full swimwear selection is available here.