From waste material
Our goal is to create a business that is restorative and regenerative by design, striving to incorporate as many circular materials as possible into our collections.
ECONYL® takes recycled materials to a whole new level by turning waste into resource. To make ECONYL®, waste such as industrial plastic, waste fabric and fishing nets from oceans is recycled and regenerated into a new nylon yarn that is exactly the same quality as virgin nylon.
Turning waste problems into swimwear solutions
A sustainable, soft and refined fabric, light and extremely comfortable which boasts excellent recovery power and always the perfect muscular compression aimed at decreasing the production of lactic acid, thus boosting a faster recovery of energy. Soft and pleasant on the skin, compact and breathable, it is also highly UV protective ( UPF 50+).
No waste. No new resources.
Eucalyptus is a woody flowering tree or shrub. There are around 700 different species, mostly found in Australia and southeast Asia but several varieties grow in Europe, America and Africa.
What is Eucalyptus?
It is a fast growing plant that has attracted attention for producing an oil that can be used for cleaning and as a natural insecticide.
When it is harvested, it is cut rather than uprooted, and so grows back, and with speed, making it a renewable material.
An essential oil extracted from eucalyptus leaves contains compounds that are powerful natural disinfectants, which makes it a popular fragrance for soap makers.
Eucalyptus as a material is known as Tencel Lyocell. It is made from the pulp of eucalyptus trees.
Eucalyptus in fabrics
Eucalyptus Tencel is produced using a lyocell process exclusively from the wood pulp of eucalyptus trees certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC), and the fibre carries the Pan-European Forest Council (PEFC) quality seal.
The eucalyptus goes through a similar process as other semi-synthetic natural fibres. To make Tencel Lyocell Eucalyptus garments, the eucalyptus wood is pulped, reduced down into a cellulose viscous solution that is forced through spinnerets. These stringy fibres that come out of the nozzle are spun into a soft, lightweight and breathable fabric called Tencel.
Lyocell fiber is eco-friendly since products made from it can be recycled and Lyocell is biodegradable because it is a cellulosic fiber. Products made from Lyocell can be recycled or digested in sewage.
Bamboo just might be the world’s most sustainable resource.
It is the fastest growing grass and can shoot up a yard or more a day.
Bamboo plantations are large factories for photosynthesis which reduces greenhouse gases. Bamboo plants absorb about 5 times the amount of carbon dioxide (a primary greenhouse gas) and produces about 35% more oxygen than an equivalent stand of trees.
Bamboo thrives in steep mountainous areas difficult for other plant life utilising only natural rainwater
Growing bamboo improves soil quality and helps rebuild eroded soil. The extensive root system of bamboo holds soil together, prevents soil erosion, and retains water in the watershed.
Bamboo grows naturally without the need for agricultural tending and large diesel exhaust-spewing tractors to plant seeds and cultivate the soil.
Bamboo grows rapidly and naturally without any pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers.
Once a bamboo plant is cut for harvest, it can grow back and continue to be harvested annually without replanting.
It is resistant to diseases and pests, so it grows organically without the use of pesticides or fertilizers.
Bamboo fabric has a natural sheen and softness that feels and drapes like silk.
It is highly absorbent and wicks water away from the body 3 to 4 times faster than cotton. In warm, humid and sweaty weather, bamboo clothing helps keep the wearer drier, cooler and more comfortable and doesn’t stick to the skin.
The structure of bamboo fibers make bamboo fabrics more breathable and thermal regulating than cotton, hemp, wool or synthetic fabrics.
Bamboo clothing is hypoallergenic. It is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal supposedly because of a bacteriostatis agent unique to bamboo plants called “bamboo kun” which also helps bamboo resist harboring odors. “Kun” is also sometimes spelled “kunh”. The bamboo kun in bamboo fabric stops odor-producing bacteria from growing and spreading in the bamboo cloth allowing bamboo clothing to be more hygienic and to remain fresher smelling.
From wood to textile
TENCEL® fibers are botanic fibers. They are extracted from wood and are 100% biodegradable. The manufacturing process was awarded the "European Award for the Environment" by the European Union due to its eco-friendliness.
It is produced from renewable cellulosic plants such as beech trees eucalyptus, pine trees, and bamboo.
Another ecological advantage of TENCEL® is that the raw material wood, stems from forest plantations which practice sustainability. The cultivated forest land is not suitable for agriculture
TENCEL® has a unique fibril structure. Fibrils (extremely small hairs) are the tiniest components which make up the fiber. Submicroscopic channels between the individual fibrils regulate absorption and release of moisture. Thus, these tiny fibrils assure the optimum transportation of moisture.
Rayon fabric is a moisture absorbent fibre which allows it to breath. So it will not cling to the skin or build up static. It is soft and comfortable to wear, draping like you´ll be wearing silk.
Rayon is easy to dye in many different colors in addition to its ability to blend well with other fabric.
Lyocell fiber is eco-friendly since products made from it can be recycled and Lyocell is biodegradable because it is a cellulosic fiber. Products made from Lyocell can be recycled or digested in sewage. The fibre will usually degrade completely in just eight days in waste treatment plants.
The European Union (EU) awarded this process the Environmental Award 2000 in the category 'technology for sustainable development'.
Since 2018 Maria Malo - Dancers of the Ocean SL has been committed to the UN Global Compact corporate responsibility initiative and its principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption.