Rethinking resources

▼Br4®

 

Bio-based polyamide made from
100% renewable raw materials

This multi-talent is not only strong in quality and performance but a champion especially when it comes to eco-friendliness. Not for nothing, it is celebrated to make “no compromises”.

It is 100% petroleum-free as it is sourced from a fully renewable resource – the caster-oil plant. Brugnoli, the company who created this innovative fabric, developed a highly efficient production process which leads to significant water and energy savings. In fact, the process with the renewable raw material has a 20% lower consumption compared to the same fabric created with a standard polyamide.

Compared to other renewable polyamides like viscose, Br4 uses no harmful substances, which makes it safe for the production workers and for us, the consumers. As well its origin makes it stand out in front of viscose and co. Br4 is made in Italy whereas the vast majority of half-synthetic fibres like viscose are nowadays produced in China, under critical circumstances.

LCA Fulgar® (caution: source could be biased) is the producer of the yarn that is used for the fabric and states that the usage of Br4 has a 25% lower impact on climate change compared to standard polyamide.

Br4 was made to perform. It has so many advantages for passionate athletes. But have a look at all its characteristics yourself:

icon stretchy and comfortable

Stretchy and comfortable

Soft-touch and super-stretch ensure perfect fit and movability

icon sweat resistant fabric

Sweat control

The fabric dries extremely fast, absorbs only a low amount of moisture and has natural smell control properties.

icon lightweight

Ultra-lightweight

-10% compared to standard polyamide
-22% compared to polyester

icon temperature control

Weather-resistant

Elemental thermal insulation properties protect you from temperature variations

► The downside of bio-polyamides

Environmental issues are never quite so simple. Therefore bioplastics have been controversial for long. Generally, bio-based polyamides are biodegradable, which is a huge advantage over plastic made from petroleum. This doesn’t mean though that they would almost entirely turn into waste after a matter of months in a composter (that counts for most of the bioplastics at least). Research has come to different results, also because bio-polyamides can have very different compositions. Some leave toxic residues or plastic fragments behind, others don’t. This is definitely an area that still needs to get explored better.

Additionally, as we know from the history of viscose, an increase in demand in such innovative products will have an impact. Either prices skyrocket (which is already happening) or (and that’s what happened with viscose), huge natural forests got cleared to grow raw materials for the textile production. Therefore it is vital to constantly keep an eye on the supply chains and changes in the production process – and that’s what we do!

To sum up, the complexity of environmental issues are making it hard to find a perfect solution. But every step in the right direction counts and by staying transparent with all processes and looking into past mistakes, we will be able to learn from each other and to get better.

▼Econyl®

 

Regenerated nylon

All our swimwear products consist of 78% ECONYL. Fishing nets, other marine debris alongside with garbage and leftovers from the textile industry are used to make a recycled nylon yarn, ECONYL. A great substance to develop high-quality garments and on top of that helps to reduce pressure on the ocean’s ecosystem including the endangered marine wildlife.

 

► The regeneration process

NYLON WASTE RESCUE

Nylon waste such as fishing nets, carpets and fabric remnants are collected through various initiatives worldwide. Did you know that 50% of the plastic in our oceans are fishing nets?

NYLON WASTE IS REGENERATED

Through the process of depolymerization, the recovered waste is then being brought back to its original purity. Without using new fossil fuels or other resources high quality nylon can be won.

ECONYL® REGENERATED NYLON YARN

The obtained raw material is then transformed into ECONYL® regenerated nylon yarn for the fashion industry.

Sustainable bikini brand WONDA swim
WONDA BIKINI

The end result is a high-quality and unbelievably comfortable WONDA bikini or sports bra that is not only good for our environment but also sexy at the same time.

 

► The downside of Econyl®

ECONYL is a fantastic pioneer in rescuing our oceans from plastic and reducing the consumption of limited resources and we are grateful for their forward-thinking initiative, but it is still a polyamide and that means it can create microplastic. The tiny plastic particles are released from synthetic fibres when washing them in the washing machine for example. Here are some hints that help you to minimize microplastic: Use a washing bag like a Guppyfriend®, a filter in the washing machine and try to wash as little as possible. Swimwear products don’t need regular washing. Just buzz of the salt from the ocean in your sink and store it in a dry environment and you’re good to go. Read more about microplastic in our blog article.

▼NewLife™

Upcycled plastic bottles

NewLife™ is a high-quality yarn from recycled plastic bottles that helps to avoid degeneration of PET plastic as it gets collected right after consumption. Sinterama, the company behind the NewLife, guarantees the same level of performance and quality as a “virgin yarn”. They developed a unique production process that contributes to a significant reduction in CO2 emissions (-32%), water usage ( -94%) and energy savings (-64%). NewLife creates an efficient and circular economy and thus has the potential to significantly reduce the environmental impact of fashion.

Our sourcing partner Lemar, from the north of Portugal, makes use of this unique technology and created a fabric that meets all our prerequisites for its usage. 100% recycled Polyester (no mix fabric, easy to recycle again), high quality, opaque, super lightweight and a soft and silky look and touch.

► The downside of NewLife™

The same argumentation that counts for Econyl is valid for NewLife. Sinterana makes great efforts to collect plastic bottles after consumption before it might get dumped in our ocean and most probably starts degrading and creates microplastic. But also here counts: NewLife is polyester and that means it can still create microplastic when washing them in the washing machine for example. Here are some hints that help you to minimize microplastic: Use a washing bag like a Guppyfriend®, a filter in the washing machine and try to wash as little as possible. Swimwear products don’t need regular washing. Just buzz of the salt from the ocean in your sink and store it in a dry environment and you’re good to go. Read more about microplastic in our blog article.

 

▼LYCRA® XTRA LIFE™

 

Long-lasting elastane

There is no way to make stretchy materials without using elastane. To ensure that our products have a long life, we use LYCRA® XTRA LIFE™ as it is tougher than conventional elastane. Their innovative yarns provide long-lasting shape retention and resist degradation from chlorinated water, the sun and oily sun protection. They ensure that their fabrics live up to 10 times longer than unprotected fabrics.

 

► The downside of LYCRA®

The biggest problem with LYCRA® is not the fabric itself, but the fact that you mix it with other components like our Econyl – which makes it difficult to recycle it when its lifetime is over. Luckily we have great researchers out there for example at our partner university, the University of Applied Sciences in Mönchengladbach, who are working with great passion on solving this problem, so that we can hopefully count with a scalable solution soon.

▼Oeko Tex 100 Certification

All materials we use are Oeko Tex 100 certified, which means that they got tested for toxic substances and that they are accordingly harmless for us.

▼Br4®

 

Bio-based polyamide made from 100% renewable raw materials

This multi-talent is not only strong in quality and performance but a champion especially when it comes to eco-friendliness. Not for nothing, it is celebrated to make “no compromises”.

It is 100% petroleum-free as it is sourced from a fully renewable resource – the caster-oil plant. Brugnoli, the company who created this innovative fabric, developed a highly efficient production process which leads to significant water and energy savings. In fact, the process with the renewable raw material has a 20% lower consumption compared to the same fabric created with a standard polyamide.

Compared to other renewable polyamides like viscose, Br4 uses no harmful substances, which makes it safe for the production workers and for us, the consumers. As well its origin makes it stand out in front of viscose and co. Br4 is made in Italy whereas the vast majority of half-synthetic fibres like viscose are nowadays produced in China, under critical circumstances.

LCA Fulgar® (caution: source could be biased) is the producer of the yarn that is used for the fabric and states that the usage of Br4 has a 25% lower impact on climate change compared to standard polyamide.

Br4 was made to perform. It has so many advantages for passionate athletes. But have a look at all its characteristics yourself:

icon stretchy and comfortable

Stretchy and comfortable

Soft-touch and super-stretch ensure perfect fit and movability

icon sweat resistant fabric

Sweat control

The fabric dries extremely fast, absorbs only a low amount of moisture and has natural smell control properties.

icon lightweight

Ultra-lightweight

-10% compared to standard polyamide
-22% compared to polyester

icon temperature control

Weather-resistant

Elemental thermal insulation properties protect you from temperature variations

► The downside of bio-polyamides

Environmental issues are never quite so simple. Therefore bioplastics have been controversial for long. Generally, bio-based polyamides are biodegradable, which is a huge advantage over plastic made from petroleum. This doesn’t mean though that they would almost entirely turn into waste after a matter of months in a composter (that counts for most of the bioplastics at least). Research has come to different results, also because bio-polyamides can have very different compositions. Some leave toxic residues or plastic fragments behind, others don’t. This is definitely an area that still needs to get explored better.

Additionally, as we know from the history of viscose, an increase in demand in such innovative products will have an impact. Either prices skyrocket (which is already happening) or (and that’s what happened with viscose), huge natural forests got cleared to grow raw materials for the textile production. Therefore it is vital to constantly keep an eye on the supply chains and changes in the production process – and that’s what we do!

To sum up, the complexity of environmental issues are making it hard to find a perfect solution. But every step in the right direction counts and by staying transparent with all processes and looking into past mistakes, we will be able to learn from each other and to get better.

▼Econyl®

 

Regenerated nylon

All our swimwear products consist of 78% ECONYL. Fishing nets, other marine debris alongside with garbage and leftovers from the textile industry are used to make a recycled nylon yarn, ECONYL. A great substance to develop high-quality garments and on top of that helps to reduce pressure on the ocean’s ecosystem including the endangered marine wildlife.

 

► The regeneration process

NYLON WASTE RESCUE

Nylon waste such as fishing nets, carpets and fabric remnants are collected through various initiatives worldwide. Did you know that 50% of the plastic in our oceans are fishing nets?

NYLON WASTE IS REGENERATED

Through the process of depolymerization, the recovered waste is then being brought back to its original purity. Without using new fossil fuels or other resources high quality nylon can be won.

ECONYL® REGENERATED NYLON YARN

The obtained raw material is then transformed into ECONYL® regenerated nylon yarn for the fashion industry.

Sustainable bikini brand WONDA swim
WONDA BIKINI

The end result is a high quality and unbelievably comfortable WONDA bikini that is not only good for our environment but also sexy at the same time.

 

► The downside of Econyl®

ECONYL is a fantastic pioneer in rescuing our oceans from plastic and reducing the consumption of limited resources and we are grateful for their forward-thinking initiative, but it is still a polyamide and that means it can create microplastic. The tiny plastic particles are released from synthetic fibres when washing them in the washing machine for example. Here are some hints that help you to minimize microplastic: Use a washing bag like a Guppyfriend®, a filter in the washing machine and try to wash as little as possible. Swimwear products don’t need regular washing. Just buzz of the salt from the ocean in your sink and store it in a dry environment and you’re good to go. Read more about microplastic in our blog article.

▼NewLife™

Upcycled plastic bottles

NewLife™ is a high-quality yarn from recycled plastic bottles that helps to avoid degeneration of PET plastic as it gets collected right after consumption. Sinterama, the company behind the NewLife, guarantees the same level of performance and quality as a “virgin yarn”. They developed a unique production process that contributes to a significant reduction in CO2 emissions (-32%), water usage ( -94%) and energy savings (-64%). NewLife creates an efficient and circular economy and thus has the potential to significantly reduce the environmental impact of fashion.

Our sourcing partner Lemar, from the north of Portugal, makes use of this unique technology and created a fabric that meets all our prerequisites for its usage. 100% recycled Polyester (no mix fabric, easy to recycle again), high quality, opaque, super lightweight and a soft and silky look and touch.

► The downside of NewLife™

The same argumentation that counts for Econyl is valid for NewLife. Sinterana makes great efforts to collect plastic bottles after consumption before it might get dumped in our ocean and most probably starts degrading and creates microplastic. But also here counts: NewLife is polyester and that means it can still create microplastic when washing them in the washing machine for example. Here are some hints that help you to minimize microplastic: Use a washing bag like a Guppyfriend®, a filter in the washing machine and try to wash as little as possible. Swimwear products don’t need regular washing. Just buzz of the salt from the ocean in your sink and store it in a dry environment and you’re good to go. Read more about microplastic in our blog article.

 

▼LYCRA® XTRA LIFE™

 

Long-lasting elastane

There is no way to make stretchy materials without using elastane. To ensure that our products have a long life, we use LYCRA® XTRA LIFE™ as it is tougher than conventional elastane. Their innovative yarns provide long-lasting shape retention and resist degradation from chlorinated water, the sun and oily sun protection. They ensure that their fabrics live up to 10 times longer than unprotected fabrics.

 

 

► The downside of LYCRA®

The biggest problem with LYCRA® is not the fabric itself, but the fact that you mix it with other components like our Econyl – which makes it difficult to recycle it when its lifetime is over. Luckily we have great researchers out there for example at our partner university, the University of Applied Sciences in Mönchengladbach, who are working with great passion on solving this problem, so that we can hopefully count with a scalable solution soon.

▼Oeko Tex 100 Certification

All materials we use are Oeko Tex 100 certified, which means that they got tested for toxic substances and that they are accordingly harmless for us.