From the making of the fibre to the marketing of the finished product, we are proud to align ourselves with individuals and companies that are on a path of continuous education and improvement.
The beginning of the journey for a Little Pandanus bikini is with ECONYL, a 100% regenerated nylon that comes from waste instead of oil. ECONYL can be regenerated infinitely giving designers endless possibilites to create new products without ever having to use virgin raw material.
The fabric we use at Little Pandanus is made from ECONYL fibre. Let's meet the people who make it...
(The Healthy Seas Initiative, volunteer divers Ghost Net Fishing in Greece. Pictures by Areti Kominou)
The first step in making regenerated nylon is recovering the waste. Volunteer divers of the Healthy Seas Initiative bring in recovered fishing nets from all over the world. Ghost nets are just one kind of plastic waste used to make ECONYL fibre.
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Mensur works in Slovenia in the washing line where fishing nets are cleaned and prepard; Jaka is a member of the sustainability team; Klavidij is in Slovenia with piles of ropes and fishing nets; Ziga works in the yarn factory; Sanel is with ghost fishing nets; Jozica works in the chemical lab in Slovenia checking the waste material that will become ECONYL yarn.
ECONYL is made using both pre and post consumer waste that comes from all over the world. ECONYL's factory in Slovenia is where the waste material is collected, treated and tested to ensure the quality and purity of the material is of the same quality as virgin Nylon.
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Vitomir works in the chemical plant at the beginning of the regeneration process; Boro is in quality control; Ales is in quality control; Ruzica is in quality control; Mirko with spun ECONYL regenerated nylon; Paolo is with recovered fishing nets used to make ECONYL; Jan is about to unload a truck of fishing nets; Jan is with carpet fluff. The upper parts of old carpets is regenerated into ECONYL yarn.
The team at ECONYL believe that “sustainability is not static and we must continue beating the drum.
The questions must continue to be posed to encourage more and more progress to be made every day” and we couldn’t agree more. The team at Econyl are just some of the hands that contribute to the making of your Bikini. To read more about ECONYL check out their website.