Turning Plastic problems into Swimwear Solutions

Did you know that every year about 8 tons of plastic are discarded into the ocean?

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According to research published by OCEAN CLEANUP FOUNDATION there are approximately 1.8 billion pieces of plastic (1.800.000.000.000) floating in what is now referred to as plastic Island. This Island, The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP) is an accumulation of plastics that float in the pacific halfway between California and Hawaii.

To this day the plastic Island is growing at alarming rates.

Our irresponsible acts are killing thousands of marine animals, and even worst, we are destroying the biggest ecosystem.

We need healthy oceans in order to survive. They are our main support system. The oceans generate half of the oxygen that we breathe. It contains 97% of the worlds water; it absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere reducing climate change. Also one sixth of the animal protein we consume comes from them.

Our security, our economy, and our survival are directly linked to the seas and oceans of this planet.

Fortunately many companies are working for a solution. However, each and everyone of us needs to take responsibility in order to be a true change.

Do the test. During one week pay attention to all the plastic that accumulates at your house. From the stick your broom is on, to water bottles, the plastic wrappers of your cookies, your toothbrush... just start becoming aware. And notice how much your single household accumulates and then times that by the houses that are in your city…

I assure you that if you look for alternatives, you will find them. You can find wooden brooms, and metal pales. Buy water out of glass bottles or in a box, toothbrush made of bamboo… and do not find excuses, it is not more expensive because you will get much more use out of it.

That is how I started and thats how we founded DANCERS OF THE OCEAN, which enables Maria Malo to promote the campaign "Turning Plastic problems into Swimwear Solutions”

Not only to finding alternatives to petroleum, but to reusing trash that we have generated. We are not only reusing it but also seeing it as a new raw material.

Different organisations like THE RECOVERY PROGRAM FROM ECONYL, that are operating in countries such as Greece, Turkey, Egypt, United States, Thailand, Pakistan and Norway.,  HEALTHY SEAS Volunteer divers are recovering abandoned or lost ghost nets from the bottom of the seas in Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, Greece, and Croatia.. or NET WORKS: Founded by Interface with Zoological Society London, it is a social initiative to empower coastal communities in the Philippines and Cameroon to collect and sell discarded fishing nets, are collecting Nylon waste all over the world and sending it to the ECONYL® waste treatment center in Ajdovščina, Slovenia, which is where the magic happens;

All the residues, fishing nets, nylon rugs, and other industrial plastic residues as well as old yard and other fabrics are cleaned and prepared to despolimerize and transformed into a raw material Nylon 6. This nylon has the same properties as what would be produced from raw petroleum. ECONYL® yarn is created through a process of polymerisation.

This is what we use in our bikini and bathing suit line.

The ECONYL® yarn can be regenerated over and over for an infinite number of times without any loss in quality. so I urge you before you throw out your old bikini send it to us.

17th of May is International Recycling day, we have another 364 days a year to Upcycle!

Maria Malo

 

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