It’s estimated a shocking 1.4 billion pounds of rubbish enters the oceans every year. Pollution caused by plastic, microbeads and fishing nets is harming whales, sea turtles, dolphins and other marine life. At Zoggs, they’re passionate about the oceans and what changes we can make to protect our world for the future. They firmly believe our planet cannot wait and they need to take action now.
From January 2019, 40% of their swimwear will be in their Ecolast™ fabric which is primarily made from ocean debris. Abandoned ghost fishing nets, carpet and industrial waste are rescued from the oceans and landfill, through the Healthy Seas – A Journey From Waste To Wear – initiative and the ECONYL® Reclaiming Program. Made using 78% ECONYL® regenerated yarn and 22% LYCRA® XTRA LIFE™, their Ecolast™ fabric is soft, comfortable and 15 times more resilient to chlorine than standard swimwear fabrics. By 2020, their aim is for 75% of their UK swimwear to be made using recycled materials (60% globally).
All new goggle products (produced from January 2019) will be sold in their new Trap Blister or Cardboard Window Box style packaging. This will reduce the plastic used in their goggle packaging by 57%. In addition, 80% of all packaging will include disposal or recovery labels.
With plastic bags, the largest proportion of single-use plastics, they’re introducing new oxy biodegradable plastic bags to protect their swimwear. These new eco-bags safely degrade in the presence of oxygen, helping to reduce landfill volume. They’re transitioning to eco-friendly hangers (fully in place for the second half of 2019) which are made from recycled post-consumer plastic waste like flower pots, toys and seeding containers. By 2020, their aim is for 100% of their packaging to be made using recycled, recyclable or degradable materials.
“We’re committed to doing everything we can to help the environment. By 2020, our mission is to have 100% sustainable packaging and 60% of our swimwear made from recycled materials.” Mark Hammersley, CEO Zoggs International
Leading swimwear brand Zoggs has been knocking out industry firsts since 1992. Being Aussie means they pretty much love everything to do with the water. They think the best way to fall in love with swimming is to make sure you have fun, whether you’re a beachgoer, learner or lane swimmer. Available in over 50 countries, their swimwear, goggles, learning aids and training accessories are made to stand up to the Australian sun, sea and swimming pools. Because if they make the grade in Australia, they’re pretty sure they’ll do the same anywhere else in the world!