All you need to know about our sustainable efforts.
We use ECONYL® a fabric made of regenerated nylon, helping to turn trash into amazing high quality swimwear. ECONYL® fibre is created from unwanted waste from oceans and landfill around the world such as fishing nets, fabric scraps and industrial plastics. Using a radical regeneration process the nylon is brought back to its original purity and can be used to produce new products. Our ECONYL® yarn is sourced from Italy, where it is evaluated as a high quality, durable and sustainable techno-fibre.
As well as being an solution on waste , the regenerated nylon is also better when it comes to climate change. It reduces the global warming impact of nylon by up 80% compared with the regular material from oil.
As our fabric is mainly made of recycled plastic, it has the capability the release tiny micro-fibres into the water system when washed. To combat this issue we recommend the GuppyFriend bag. Simply wash any synthetic fabrics in the bag, capture the micro-plastics and empty them into your bin to stop them entering the water system. Please follow our wash & care instructions in the tag inside our pieces in order to make your swimwear last for years.
What about the future? ECONYL® fibre is 100% recycled and 100% recyclable when alone. When it comes to swimwear, ECONYL® fibre is mixed with Elastane as the fabric needs some stretch. Our fabric is 78% ECONYL® fibre and 22% Elastane what means that for now, due to the mix fibers, the fabric isn't recyclable. Our goal is to turn our pieces 100% recyclable and alongside our manufacturer we are working towards a circular production. The end goal is to be able to take back your used Conscious Swimwear pieces and recycle them it into amazing new pieces. The technology is still in development and we will let you know when this vision becomes a reality.
We produce all pieces locally in our Lisbon Atelier with a team local seamstresses that combine more than 40 years of experience in swimwear. Using local workers allows us to be involved in the whole production process as well as ensure that there's the least possible waste in materials. We have a close relationship with our team and we make sure that they are ethically treated and paid above the minimum wage. This close relationship helps us ensure the most high-quality items are produced without compromising work ethics.
We are as vigilant about our packaging as we are about our pieces themselves. We research and source the most sustainable materials we can find and we never use more than needed.
Our boxes are as tiny as possible and they are recycled and recyclable. We use paper recycled tape instead of regular plastic tape. Our labels are also recycled and recyclable and to attach them we use a 100% biodegradable cotton rope. Our cards are only used when necessary and they are 100% recycled from post-consumer waste. There is no plastic involved in the process, even when shipping as we use home-compostable shipping bags.
We offer a carbon-neutral shipping solution worldwide with DHL Go Green.
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"All the trends and no nasties. Every Conscious Swimwear piece is cut and sewn by hand in the brand’s Lisbon atelier. As such, all of its models are limited due to fabric availability. Shipped in sustainable packaging and made of 78% recycled plastic from ocean waste, Conscious Swimwear is raising the bar in sustainable swimwear."
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