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Friendly Fabrics

When we choose our new swimwear for the summer or an upcoming holiday, its typically the colour, pattern, style and fit that drives our decision.  We don’t often consider what a garment is made from, who made it, how it was made and where it was made.  Every piece of clothing we buy, whether new or pre-loved, has already been on a considerable journey before it arrives into our hands.

Fashion is one of the leading industries contributing most to the pollution of our earth.  Toxic chemicals, textile waste, water pollution and appalling working conditions for people in the industry are the dark side of the rag trade.

‘The carbon emissions generated by the clothing of the average UK household is equivalent to driving an average modern car 6,000 miles’. (WRAP 2011)

Here are some of our favourite alternative fabrics;

  1. Recycled Cotton

Cotton is one of the most popular materials used in our clothing. It is a cellulosic fiber, that is breathable and light, making it perfect for hot summer days.  On the flip side, growing cotton can be hazardous and is one of the most chemical-intensive crops to grow.  But choosing recycled or up-cycled cotton is made using post-industrial and post-consumer cotton waste and aims to remove pesticides used in production, helps reduce water and energy consumption, and aims to keep cotton clothes out of landfills.

  1. Pinatex

Pinatex is an innovative and futuristic leather alternative. It is made from pineapple leaf fibre! Pinatex is a cruelty free replacement, that is made from a food-by product, so it reduces waste and supports the farmers who grow the fruit.

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  1. Econyl

Econyl is a yarn made from nylon waste from landfills and ghost fishing nets from oceans around the world. The salvaged nylon nets undergo a process called polymerisation where the nets are made into a new finer regenerated nylon yarn.  It’s exactly the same as brand new nylon and can be recycled, recreated and remoulded again and again. We at the Rocks Push, use ECONYL® regenerated nylon to make our swim shorts.

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Choose your swim shorts made from regenerated fabric here.

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