5 Ways To Save Our Seas with The Eco Gypsy Swim in 2018Posted By : admin | April 22, 2018 | 0 comment(s)
Our swimwear brand was launched as a sustainable brand in 2015. However it was not 100% sustainable and we have worked hard to make sure we reach that goal
Having a swim brand is usually because you have a natural affinity with water or the sea & a desire to see it preserved. Mine came from growing up the pristine seas throughout my childhood.
BY 2050 THERE WILL BE MORE PLASTIC IN THE SEA THAN MARINE LIFE………
The Eco Gypsy Swim is more ethical now by…..
1. Using Recycled Spandex
We are not known for our spandex pieces but we have always had a few pieces. With technology new materials have emerged on the market such as Econyl ® that is made from fishing nets and other recycled plastic materials. We have introduced more styles in spandex using this innovative material to be able to create new silhouettes for the beach and beyond without compromising our eco ethos.
2. Continued Commitment to Organic Materials
We have always used organic cotton and bamboo adorned with ethically collected shells for our pieces. Cotton and bamboo are natural materials that do need water to be produced but also are more easily recycled or broken down when the item is discarded. Synthetic fabrics leave a massive footprint on the environment once discarded as they cannot be broken down easily and are much like plastic being left in a landfill or the sea.
3. CITES Certified Shells
We are always asked about our shells. When the brand was first set up we researched the most ethical way to use them and ensured they were naturally harvested by sea gypsies rather than farmed as our base is in Indonesia, the largest archipelago in the world. Our pieces all fall under the CITES convention and go to our stockists or you with paperwork or clearance from the Ministry of Forest & Fisheries that they are non endangered and not farmed.
4. 100% Handmade by Local Artisans that are Educated in Natural/Recycled Materials
With technology it is not just the natural environment that loses out but the local craftsmanship also suffers with people being replaced with machines and the natural bond between a craft and the creator being lost as well as losing traditional skill sets. In Indonesia we are lucky that so many skills still exist and we can hand weave rattan, knot macramé and create everything by hand. This in turn allows us to teach our brilliant team to learn about why we use natural materials & encourage them to turn traditional techniques into modern pieces.
5. Recycle Your Old Eco Gypsy Pieces with US….
After multiple uses any swimsuit or accessory of any material will break down and not be used anymore. In 2018 we will be encouraging our customers to return pieces to us that they no longer use so we can disassemble them and create new accessories or macrame swimsuits with your old pieces and a discount for sending them back off your next purchase. So dig out the old Eco Gypsy and bring about our new era of swim by getting involved!