06 Oct 2015

COLLECTIVELY – Hot mess – how junk from the sea is being remade as the new nylon

Fishnets aren’t just for stockings, you know. The next time you whip out your swimming togs to go for a dip in the pool, you might well be wearing elements of a discarded actual fishing net. Either that, or some carpet fluff. And other stuff dumped in the depths of our seas Waste materials are […]

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02 Sep 2015

BUSINESS TRANSWORLD – Outerknown Hosts Malibu Launch Party with Star-Studded Guest List

By Kailee Bradstreet A close up look at nets used in an innovative new process created by Italian-based company Aquafil to make Outerknown’s new collection of sustainable products. This past weekend, Kelly Slater’s new brand Outerknown hosted an intimate beach-house gathering at famed architect Harry Gesner’s Sand Castle house right off Pacific Coast Highway in […]

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01 Sep 2015

FORTUNE – Recycled swimwear is a hot new trend

by Colleen Kane As ethical and sustainable fashion movements gain steam, startups and even legacy brands like Speedo are producing swimwear made from recycled materials. The fashion industry has been criticized for how it produces clothing quickly and cheaply. And the category of swimwear is no different — tags in bathing suits typically say “made in […]

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17 Aug 2015

GREEN BIZ – Speedo dives into closed-loop swimwear

American swimwear giant Speedo is making waves in the circular economy with a new initiative to create swimsuits from remnants of nylon generated in its own factories. The groundbreaking efficiency project was launched last week under a new partnership with Italian materials manufacturer Aquafil, which has pioneered a new form of nylon made using 100 […]

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04 Aug 2015

RECYCLING TODAY – Aquafil partners with Speedo USA on a closed-loop manufacturing system

Italian nylon manufacturer will recycle Speedo’s fabric scrap for use in new swimsuits. Trento, Italy-based carpetmaker and nylon recycler Aquafil has partnered with Speedo USA on a takeback program that will allow Speedo USA’s postmanufacturing swimwear scraps to be upcycled into Aquafil’s 100 percent regenerated Econyl nylon. Through the takeback program, leftover fabric scraps which could otherwise end up […]

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20 Jul 2015

ECO WATCH – Pro Surfer Kelly Slater Launches Clothing Line Made From Ocean Trash

Kelly Slater’s new clothing line is tackling two pressing environmental issues at the same time:textile waste and ocean plastic. Outerknown, the 11-time world surfing champion’s sustainable menswear label, includes a line of 100 percent recyclable clothing made from reclaimed fishing nets. “I created Outerknown to smash the formula,” Slater, who parted ways with longtime sponsor Quiksilver to launch his own […]

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18 Jul 2015

FIBRE2FASHION – Outerknown uses Econyl recycled nylon fibres in new line

Producer and marketer of recycled nylon fibres Aquafil has entered into a partnership with Outerknown, a new menswear apparel brand founded by 11 time world champion surfer Kelly Slater. An Aquafil press release informed that Outerknown has introduced Aquafil’s Econyl, a sustainable nylon created from reclaimed fishing nets and other nylon waste materials into the […]

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17 Jul 2015

INNOVATION IN TEXTILES – Nylon yarns made from recycled fishing nets featured in sustainable menswear collection

Aquafil, a leading supplier of synthetic fibres, has announced a unique partnership with Outerknown, a new menswear apparel brand founded by eleven times World Champion surfer Kelly Slater. The new brand incorporates Aquafil’s Econyl sustainable nylon created from reclaimed fishing nets and other nylon waste materials in its debut collection. According to a news release […]

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17 Jul 2015

ECOUTERRE – Outerknown, Surfer Kelly Slater’s Eco-Menswear Brand, is Here

by Jasmin Malik Chua Outerknown, the new menswear label by champion surfer Kelly Slater, is more than your typical celebrity clothing line. Launching this week, the Kering-backed venture is Slater’s attempt to “smash the formula” by creating stylish garments for men in a sustainable and transparent manner. The journey hasn’t been without its pitfalls, however. “The last […]

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16 Jul 2015

SUSTAINABLE BRANDS – Trending: Upcycled Clothing Line, Hong Kong Exhibit Aiming to Combat Waste in Fashion

by Brynn W. McNally With ever-changing fashion trends, cheap and disposable clothing creates heaping piles of landfill trash around the world. Two recent developments in the fashion industry — an art exhibit and a recycled clothing line — aim to spread awareness of and combat this mounting problem. (…) New Clothing Line Made from Abandoned […]

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16 Jul 2015

FASTCOEXIST – These Infinitely Recyclable Clothes Are Made From Ocean Trash And Other Plastic Waste

World surf champion Kelly Slater is doing something with all the trash in the ocean—he’s wearing it. If Outerknown’s new board shorts ever tear after riding too many waves, you could theoretically recycle them into a new pair. They’re from a new line of men’s clothing that is made entirely from plastic trash. When the […]

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04 Aug 2015

Aquafil and Speedo USA Launch World’s First Fabric Take-Back Program for Swimwear Industry

New ‘Speedo PowerFLEX Eco’ swimwear made from Aquafil’s 100% upcycled ECONYL nylon; First ever take-back program turns leftover fabric scraps back into raw ECONYL, then new ‘Speedo’ swimsuits Trento, Italy—August 4, 2015 —Today Aquafil announces it has partnered with Speedo USA on a take-back program that will allow Speedo USA’s post-manufacturing swimwear scraps to be upcycled […]

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