Glamour with a heart: Swimwear made from Recycled Plastic Bottles
Can you believe this swimwear is sewn from yarn which started life as plastic bottles? Or possibly as a carpet, or a fishing net which is no longer in use?
The list of eco-credentials for French Polynesian based young label
Petite Terre is impressive,
but before we get into that,
let's have a look at some of those gorgeous pieces....
IS THIS SWIMWEAR REALLY MADE FROM RECYCLED PLASTIC? IT LOOKS AMAZING!
Yep, not a plastic drink bottle in sight now, but the fabric really did begin as yarn spun from discarded post-consumer plastic waste, as regenerated Polyamide fibre. It's an almost endless cycle - because the Polyamide fibre can be respun into new fibre, along the way adding more plastic waste as well as offcuts into the mix.
The Italian-made fabric is made from 78% recycled Polyamide and 22% Lycra to create just enough support and stretch for swimwear use.
We love any fabrics which explore new technologies, avoiding the use of animal products + minimise wastage, so we applaud this fabulous Future Fabric and can't wait to see it become the standard for all swimwear.
It's sustainable and vegan. Is it Fairtrade?
Yes. Petite Terre swimwear is hand made in Bali in Fairtrade conditions, while a upcoming range of organic fabric beach towels will be made by women who live in the smallest islands, through a joint initiative with the ROLE foundation.
They are also working with local Balinese to support planting trees, which act as a river filter in the Uluwatu Valley, before the water returns to the ocean, as part of Project Clean Uluwatu.
Petite Terre is a member of the 1% For the Planet organisation, which is a global alliance to help businesses and nonprofits make a difference environmentally, socially and economically.
So, sustainable fabric, fairtrade slow-fashion, a company with a heart. Tick!
And did we mention how absolutely gorgeous these pieces are?
You can shop them direct, through Petite Terre here.