Whenever people find out our swimwear is made from recycled plastics, their first reaction is always “That’s amazing, but how?!?” When you think of recycling your mind probably turns to the bins you put out for collection each week and don’t give much thought to what actually happens and whats involved in repurposing waste into new materials.
The process of taking trash and turning it into something reusable involves a LOT of science and technical talk, so here we are to translate it into a process you can understand and hopefully appreciate. Here’s how its done:
Step 1. Taking In The Trash.
Plastics are rescued and reclaimed through programs in the United States, Egypt, Greece, Pakistan, Thailand, Norway, and Turkey.Some of the sources of Nylon waste include the Nylon used in fishing nets, old carpeting, industrial plastic waste, fabric scraps and a few other sources.
Step 2. Getting Clean.
There are a few components that make up the reclaimed waste recovered, but all we need is the Nylon 6 element. (Nylon 6 fibres are super tough, have a high tensile strength, as well as elasticity and lustre)
So, the next step in the process is to clean and prepare the collected waste for regeneration.
The other materials recovered are sent to other supply chains where they can be repurposed.
Once cleaned, the nylon waste will be shredded, compacted, bagged, and sent to the regeneration plant.
Step 3. Depolymerise (it’s a science thing)
This is really where the process begins to get really awesome. Unlike other processes, this one uses a totally new process to purify the waste.
When compared to the process of mechanical recycling, the chemical process used to create the sustainable swimwear fabric enables the nylon waste to be regenerated to a “new again” state of raw material. It removes all foreign substances, thus making it 100% virgin quality.
Step 4. Polymerisation (more science)
This step in the process is where the regenerated raw materials are transformed into Nylon 6 polymers that will be used to make the fabric for our sustainable swimwear. What’s produced has the same characteristics and performance as traditional formula (which is unsustainable and produced from raw fossil materials).
Step 5. Transformation (like a beeeaaautiful butterfly)
During the transformation process, regenerated Nylon 6 polymers are turned into usable textile yarns. The yarn is sent off to a production facility, which will process them into these usable yarns.
Step 6. Blended is better
This is where the yarn is woven with other fabrics to create our range of sustainable swimwear. Most fabrics are blended to create durable, comfortable garments) Our sustainable swimwear is made from a blended fabric that is 78% Recycled Polyester and 22% Lycra. The great thing about this yarn is that it can be regenerated again, and again, and again for ever and ever without ever losing its quality.
That’s why it’s so wonderful, and so perfectly sustainable.The process is completely closed-loop which means it can be used for an infinite amount of cycles without producing any additional waste (and thats a good thing)
So there you have it, the break down of how unwanted plastics can be repurposed into sustainable swimwear.
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