by Alyssa Danigelis
Australian swimwear company Zoggs launched a bathing suit line called Ecolast made from Econyl brand yarn manufactured using regenerated plastic waste. In addition, the company committed to switching to sustainable packaging across their product range by 2020.
Econyl yarn is made by Aquafil using a system that starts with waste like abandoned ghost fishing nets, fabric scraps, carpet, and industrial plastic that would otherwise end up in the landfill. This waste gets recycled into nylon thread that Aquafil says is exactly the same as virgin nylon.
“The yarn performs as well as any other nylon yarn manufactured using crude oil,” according to Zoggs. Their Ecolast swimwear fabric is made using 78% Econyl yarn and 22% Lycra Xtra Life. The Ecolast swimwear line represents around 40% of the company’s SS19 swimwear.
Zoggs joins a long list of brands including Speedo, Outerknown, Stella McCartney, and Adidas that use Econyl yarn in their apparel.