sustainable swim in the uk

by

Lauren Stiles

Show them Love

August 25, 2021

I have been on the hunt for a new swimsuit and found a review by Megan Clark that I think deserves some attention. Stay Wild is a swimsuit brand based in the UK that places high value on sustainability. Their factory is in London and most of their sales are based in the UK, meaning that they do not produce tons of emissions with constant international shipping.

This brand adheres to a slower pace than fast fashion, making small batches of clothing and not constantly restocking items. Their swimsuits are made mostly from Econyl® which is a type of nylon made from waste such as old fishing nets or industrial fabric scraps. This kind of nylon has a 90% lower impact than the traditional version!

Stay Wild also uses fabrics derived from wood pulp such as TencelTM and EcoveroTM
Their TencelTM products are biodegradable in the soil and marine environments as well as at home and industrial composting. The EcoveroTM that they use produces half the greenhouse gas emissions as regular viscose, uses less water, and releases no chemicals into the environment during production. Nice choice!

Even their thread reflects an effort towards sustainability. Stay Wild uses rPet thread made from recycled plastic bottles. In addition, the buttons that they use are biodegradable. Also nice.

All of Stay Wild’s products are certified by Oeko-Tex®️ which stands for the “International Association for Research and Testing in the Field of Textile and Leather Ecology.” This certification verifies that all of the materials used in Stay Wild’s products are tested and confirmed to be free of harmful substances that may be detrimental to the health of humans or our planet.

Another good initiative from Stay Wild is their recycling program where you can send in old swimsuits from any brand. These scraps are sent to a recycling plant where they are made into eco-industrial products such as eco-carpet underlay.

Though I would like to see more information about sourcing and more details regarding actual working conditions, it is obvious to me that Stay Wild has a genuine interest in sustainability demonstrated by their commitment to using recycled fabrics and practicing slow fashion. Let’s show them some love.

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