ECO SWIM BY AQUA GREEN Based in the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania, Eco Swim by Aqua Green is a 4th generation family company with a strong community-focus. Although the company has grown significantly, selling internationally, they still design, fit, source, cut and sew right in Philadelphia. About five years ago, an internal green team was formed, initiating changes focused on innovation, well-being and sustainability. Some of these initiatives included simple changes such as a corporate ban on purchases of styrofoam, recycling of all paper, plastics, light bulbs and color cartridges. More complicated efforts include sustainable fabric initiatives with long term fabric suppliers. “When our great grandfather started this company 72 years ago, the oceans and beaches were cleaner places,” say Samantha and Alex, the current owners. “Four generations later, in a world with polluted water and dirty beaches, Eco Swim by Aqua Green is answering a call to restore our oceans’ health. By making our swimsuits in the US and using fabrics made from recycled materials, we are reducing our carbon footprint in the sand so that our beaches can be enjoyed by the next four generations.” Eco Swim uses a brand of fabrics called Repreve, made from 100% recycled materials such as PET and nylon. Using these recycled synthetic fibers helps keep plastics that would otherwise have been discarded out of landfills and oceans. It also helps conserve precious natural resources, as well as on manufacturing and shipping. By making their swimwear in the US and sourcing locally, the company says that they save over 96% fossil fuel. Since the collection launched in 2012, Eco Swim and the brand’s nationwide retailers have removed four tons of trash from our oceans and waterways through the incredible volunteerism and responsible corporate partnerships with our retailers. The company is a member of The Oceanic Society, a nonprofit conservation organization that works toward protecting
endangered wildlife and preserving threatened marine habitats worldwide. Eco Swim has also partnered with United By Blue (see above) to host several cleanups and remove over 3,000 pounds of trash from oceans and waterways. Eco Swim demonstrates a strong commitment toward material innovation, trying out the newest sustainable fibers and bringing them to market quickly. Just this year, the brand incorporated two new sustainable fibers — made from coffee and corn — into their collection. “The absolute best thing about using these new fibers, including Repreve recycled plastic fibers,” the brand states, “is that as a manufacturer we would choose to use them anyway due to their excellent performance and benefits. Each time we choose a new, more sustainable fabric, we make sure the quality is equal to if not better than conventional swimwear fabrics. The next best thing about using corn and coffee fibers is that they come from renewable sources. We work with our supply chain to make sure that not only their end use but whole supply chain is done in a more earth friendly manner.” Eco Swim’s collection ranges from sexy and cute to sporty and practical, ensuring there is something that suits everyone’s taste. What all the pieces have in common is that they will make you feel great about looking great on the beach — something every ecofashionista will appreciate.
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