5 Ways Your (non-BFAW) Bikini is Killing the Environment
Unfortunately for us and the environment, the manufacturing process in clothing and especially swimwear can be very harmful. Here’s 5 ways that cute bikini you got for $50 is killing the environment.
- The fabric it’s made out of (Nylon, Polyester, & Spandex) is plastic based and not biodegradable. That means when it gets worn out and you don’t want it anymore, it takes hundreds of years to breakdown.
- The fabric it’s made out of is also made out of fossil fuels. That means the burning of fossil fuels goes into the production of the material and if burned will emit carbon. Why would anyone burn your old bathing suit? Many countries burn their trash including old clothes that people throw away.
- These synthetic materials release micro plastics when they eventually do start to break down. That doesn’t sound like a big deal until you learn that these micro plastics have entered the human food chain and can be found in fish and even your liver.
- There’s no way to fully recycle these synthetic fabrics. That means that they will sit in landfills or even end up back in the ocean.
- The production of virgin plastics (AKA what your other swimsuits are made of) is one of the most polluting processes in the world and over 65 million tons of it are produced in a year.
Born From A Wave is trying to combat all of these issues with our swimwear. That’s why we take plastic trash from the ocean and turn it into swimsuits. We’re trying to turn some of our bad decisions as residents of this earth and turn them into something beautiful and useful. Plus, once our fabric is created, it can be recycled infinitely. Help us make the earth a cleaner place by reducing your plastic consumption and shopping smarter.