Ocean Friendly Swimwear
Here’s something to make you stop and think.
There are an estimated 640,000 tons of abandoned nylon fishing nets drifting in our seas, causing irreparable damage to marine life. For every ton of waste nets collected, there is enough nylon to make more than 10,000 eco-friendly swimsuits.
Five countries, including the UK, send out 700 fishing boats a year to recover these nets, to prevent them ending up in our marine eco system.
These fishing nets, together with other nylon waste material, are regenerated to make a premium quality nylon yarn called ECONYL®. The unique purification process that generates ECONYL® means it is exactly the same as virgin nylon, with no compromise on quality.
ECONYL® has the ability to be recycled infinitely without ever losing this quality.
The Black Pack range from Maru uses ECONYL® in our Ecotech fabric, which means our eco swimwear is made from 100% regenerated nylon waste that otherwise would have been sent to landfill or ended up in the ocean.
From Rubbish to Eco-Friendly Swimwear – the Importance of Recycling
Who can forget the final episode of Blue Planet 2, which took an unflinching look at the impact of human activity on the oceans. Sir David Attenborough delivered a powerful rallying call for all of us to do more to protect the marine environment, saying that the world’s oceans are turning into a ‘toxic soup of industrial waste and plastic’.
It is clear that over the past few decades we have been ignoring the looming environmental crisis and the damage we are causing to our oceans by thoughtlessly dumping plastic waste into it with little care for the consequences.
We are joining the movement that challenges our behaviour and forces us to think every time we go to throw away an item of single-use plastic.
The Black Pack range shows that trash can be turned into treasure and that rubbish can be recycled into something not only useful, but beautiful too.
On its own, recycling will not save the planet but we all have to start somewhere
As well as being a solution to waste, our Ecotech fabric using ECONYL® regenerated nylon is also helping reduce the global warming impact of nylon by up to 80% compared with material from a fossil fuel such as oil. Recycling and the increased use of sustainable fabrics will help reduce consumption of new raw materials, which in turn will lead to a reduction of air and water pollution from landfill and marine waste.
As humans, our desire for newness is infinite but the planet’s resources aren’t. The development and use of sustainable fabrics such as Ecotech gives us the opportunity to satisfy our appetite for newness whilst at the same time protecting the environment.
Words are great, but action is far greater. We are proud to support the SEA LIFE Trust – a charity whose aim is to ensure our oceans are conserved, protected and full of life.
Working across the world to support practical local projects to protect marine wildlife and their habitats, they work on conservation campaigns to bring about long-lasting change on a global scale. Part of their incredible work is aimed at reducing plastic pollution, by focusing on reducing the flow of plastic waste and encouraging behaviour change to help increase recycling rates. Through projects such as beach cleans and helping to fund new initiatives to remove plastic from our oceans, they are striving to remove the rubbish that is already on our beaches and in our seas.
As a committed supporter of reducing the rubbish in our oceans, we are supporting this amazing work by donating 100% of profits from the sale of our new Black Pack collection to the SEA LIFE Trust.
Made from ECONYL®, a 100% regenerated nylon yarn created from ghost fishing nets and other nylon waste, our Black Pack range of eco swimwear is part of the movement to take ocean trash and turn it into treasure.