It’s estimated a shocking 1.4 billion pounds of rubbish enters the oceans every year. Pollution caused by plastic, microbeads and fishing nets is harming whales, sea turtles, dolphins and other marine life. This is why Zoggs are passionate about making changes to protect the world for the future.
Swimwear made from recycled materials
From 2019, 40% of Zoggs swimwear will be in their Ecolast™ fabric which is primarily made from ocean debris. Abandoned ghost fishing nets, carpet and industrial waste are rescued from the oceans and landfill, through the Healthy Seas - A Journey From Waste To Wear - initiative and the ECONYL® Reclaiming Program. Made using 78% ECONYL® regenerated yarn and 22% LYCRA® XTRA LIFE™, their Ecolast™ fabric is soft, comfortable and 15 times more resilient to chlorine than standard swimwear fabrics. By 2020, Zoggs aim is for 75% of their UK swimwear to be made using recycled materials (60% globally).
Healthy Seas has retrieved 453 tons of fishing nets since 2013 – the equivalent of three blue whales.
Supporting Ocean Preservation
Healthy Seas is a not-for-profit initiative with a mission to protect the oceans and marine life. Working with divers, schools, NGOs and governments, Healthy Seas is responsible for the retrieval of ghost fishing nets and raising awareness of the environmental damage these nets cause. Healthy Seas collects abandoned fishing nets that are transformed by Aquafil into ECONYL® yarn, a high quality regenerated nylon used to create sustainable products.
Zoggs are donating 10% of their Ecolast™ swimwear profits to the Healthy Seas - A Journey From Waste To Wear - initiative. They'll also be joining them on other projects such as beach clean-ups, conservation events and even joining a ghost net removal dive.
Producing Greener Packaging
All new goggle products (produced from January 2019) will be sold in the new Trap Blister or Cardboard Window Box style packaging. This will reduce the plastic used in Zoggs goggle packaging by 57%. In addition, 80% of the packaging will include disposal or recovery labels.
With plastic bags, the largest proportion of single-use plastics, Zoggs are introducing new oxy biodegradable plastic bags to protect the swimwear. These new eco-bags safely degrade in the presence of oxygen, helping to reduce landfill volume. Zoggs are also transitioning to eco-friendly hangers (fully in place for the second half of 2019) which are made from recycled post-consumer plastic waste like flower pots, toys and seeding containers. By 2020, the aim is for 100% of Zoggs packaging to be made using recycled, recyclable or degradable materials.
“We’re committed to doing everything we can to help the environment. By 2020, our mission is to have 100% sustainable packaging and 60% of our swimwear made from recycled materials.” - Mark Hammersley, CEO Zoggs International