When it comes to swimwear, Polyester is a main player. However, traditional Polyester is incredibly unsustainable as it’s made from petroleum, which is a fossil fuel. As we know, the burning of fossil fuels contribute heavily to climate change. We don’t like the sound of that so we use something else instead: Recycled Polyester.
Instead of using oil as the raw material source, Recycled Poly uses PET from plastic water bottles, to make fiber. Recycling the plastic water bottles to create the fabric prevents them from going to the landfill. Using Recycled Poly reduces our reliance on oil as the raw material for our fabric needs, and causes less air, water, and soil contamination compared to using non-recycled polyester. It also reduces energy consumption by 84% and cuts CO2 emissions by 77% - equal to the conservation of 228 cedar trees.Now, that’s what we like to hear!
Nylon can also be pretty gross. Luckily, there are incredible people out there doing incredible things in the tech world. Thanks to them, we’re able to use a sustainable techno-fabric made with Econyl - a 100% regenerated nylon fiber from post-consumer materials.
There are 640,000 tons of fishing nets in the ocean. These fishing nets remain adrift for a large amount of time and are responsible for the accidental capture of whales, turtles, birds, and other marine animals. This problem only continues to get worse. Fortunately, there are organizations like Heathy Seas, who from 2013-2015 recovered and recycled more than 150 tons of nets.
An innovative industrial process is then used to recover Nylon from these fishing nets, and other waste materials. This nylon is then transformed back into virgin raw material for the creation of your Free Bella suit.
If you'd like to do a little more reading head to the Econyl website.
Our packaging is made from 100% recycled paper products. We implement environmentally preferable purchasing for all shipping materials & office supplies. By working with eco-friendly suppliers, we are able to provide packaging and shipping materials that are recyclable and made from post-consumer recycled content. We always prioritize products with recycled-content, and opt for solutions that are recyclable or biodegradable - like our Burlap suit bags! Unfortunately, no manufacturer of hygiene liners are able to claim that they are recyclable, due to the adhesive. However, we work with a supplier that utilizes recyclable shipping cartons and cores. If anyone wants to work with us to develop a more earth-friendly option - let's chat.
We source almost all of our materials locally and domestically, with the exception of our super sustainable Regenerated Nylon fabric which comes from the pasta capital of the world - Italy! Our entire manufacturing process is completed from start to finish by our responsible manufacturing partner in Downtown Los Angeles. By sourcing locally, and screening all of our suppliers, we ensure there is no unfair labor or unsafe working conditions that go into making our suits.
We think it's extremely important for brands to be 100% transparent with their customers so we've joined The Fashion Revolution - an organization aimed at transforming the fashion industry into one which values people, the environment, and creativity and profits in equal measure. We believe transparency is the first step to transform the industry. And it starts with one simple question: Who made my clothes?
This is where we run things. With the exception of our Italian fabric, all other materials are sourced locally in Los Angeles. We like to think of this as the magic circuit.
We're not totally sustainable just yet. It's an ongoing process and we need to continuously be partnering and reinvesting in programs that actually give back to the earth in the form of what we use. Even though we do a lot to reduce our carbon footprint, we aren't able to get it to zero. Carbon offset projects are the only way to balance the impact of the CO2 emissions we can't avoid. By investing in projects like landfill gas capture, renewable energy, clean water solutions, forestry, and resource conservation, we can offset some of the things that we just can't avoid. If anybody wants to work with us on this - hit us up.