24 Oct 2015

DEEPER BLUE – Fourth Element’s Ocean Positive Swimwear: For Consumers with a Conscience

By Erin Durbin-Sherer (…) We were thrilled to be given the chance to interview Jim Standing, one of the co-founders of Fourth Element, so he could tell us all about the Ocean Positive Swimwear collection in his own words. Read on to find out for yourself how Fourth Element is making a product that not only thoughtfully meets […]

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15 Oct 2015

CIRCLE ECONOMY – Are Closed Loop Textiles the Future of Fashion?

American consumers spent an average of $1,604 on apparel and related services in 2013, according to figures from the U.S. Department of Commerce. Factor in that clothing prices in the U.S. have largely decreased since the ’90s and that was a lot of frivolous consumption. Disagree? An American Apparel & Footwear Association report showed that […]

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08 Oct 2015


What do you get when you combine an 11-time world surfing champion and some reclaimed fishing nets? A sustainable clothing line that is trying to clean up the oceans. (…) There are hundreds of thousands of tonnes of abandoned fishing nets polluting our oceans and endangering the lives of marine animals. Part of Slater’s clothing […]

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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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06 Sep 2015

NET-WORKS – a business student’s perspective

BY BRANT WELLS This summer I had an opportunity to join Interface as an intern and work alongside the Net-Works team while having the pleasure of working and living in London, UK. I arrived in London with the understanding that Net-Works was a project that Interface and the Zoological Society of London had partnered on, […]

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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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27 Aug 2015

MAGNETICA BCN-Speedo lanza la primera colección de bañadores en upcycling

¿Sabes de qué está hecho tu bikini o tu traje de baño? Pues los materiales son básicamente lycra (también llamada spandex o elastano) yNylon. La licra es una fibra elástica que, por si sola, no puede tejerse ya que se desharía en el momento de cortarla. Es un material hecho para mezclarlo con otros, otorgando al producto […]

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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

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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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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03 Aug 2015


by Mark McMenamin The future looks green. . .and blue and purple and orange—as demonstrated by top picks at FutureGreen, the sustainable hospitality forum featuring these cutting-edge materials from the Material ConneXion library. 1. Material: ECONYL®. Manufacturer: Aquafil. Composition Nylon. Standout: Chemicals harvested from recycled plastics become durable, stain-resistant yarns that are air-textured and solution-dyed in over 138 colors. (Please note that new colors […]

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