ECONYL® regenerated nylon and recycled polyester
Each year, approximately 8 million metric tons of plastic waste enters our oceans. This is not only a great threat to marine wildlife, but also to human health. If this continues, the oceans will contain more plastic than fish by 2050.*
Synthetic materials such as nylon and polyester can and should be recycled. The recycled fabrics for our Dark Matter pieces are made by Italian company Carvico, and the final fabrics are Oekotex-100 certified. The polyester used is made of 100% recycled polyester from pre and post consumer materials. The rest of the fabric is made with ECONYL® regenerated nylon which is recycled and recyclable nylon derived from pre and post industrial waste such as discarded fishing nets, carpet fluff, and cutting waste. Once they have reached the end of their useful life, instead of being disposed of in the landfill, they are recovered and regenerated to a new fibers and yarns.
Swimwear and leggings need to stretch, so this is a rare occasion in which we use fabrics that include elastane. The 22% of elastane used is Lycra® Xtra Life™. This fiber technology is designed to provide a long-lasting fit and resist degradation from chlorinated water, the heat and sunscreen lotions up to 10 times longer than unprotected fabrics. Remember to use ecological sunscreens that do not include any harmful chemicals or micro plastics!
*Read more about huge challenges with plastics from "The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the Future of Plastics” by The Ellen MacArthur Foundation (2016)