Did you know that a lot of your clothes and everyday products are made out of plastic? That’s right! Synthetic textiles like polyester and nylon, the two most popular and widely used textiles, are actually types of polymer, also known as... plastic. And the most popular type of polymer, PET, that is used to make polyester is also the same material used to make plastic bottles. Polyester and nylon are made through a chemical reaction in which the resulting compound is diced into chips, then melted with high heat and solidified into fiber once in contact with cold air. These fibers are then spun into yarn and eventually into fabric.
Our swimsuits are made from fabric that essentially goes through the same steps with one major difference. Instead of using raw materials to make new polyester and nylon plastics, our fabrics are made by recycling existing plastics. This not only conserves raw materials, but also helps to divert waste from our landfills and oceans.
Because we've received a lot of questions about the process, we decided to make a short kid-friendly illustration showing just how this process works!
THE PROCESS IN A NUTSHELL
First, post-consumer materials such as plastic bottles and fishing nets are collected. The materials are then sorted, cleaned and sanitized through a recycling and purification process.
The cleaned materials are chopped, melted and turned into plastic chips. These chips are then melted, extruded and turned into polyester and nylon fiber which is spun into yarn to make fabrics. And the fabrics are sewn into our swimsuits…voila!
By making our swimsuits, we are doing our part to minimize our impact on the environment. Swimwear can be made responsibly.
WATCH OUR PLASTICS TO SWIMWEAR INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO