You know what we live for – apart from iced lattes and David Attenbrough documentaries, of course? We live for those moments when we come across companies completely aligned with our own beliefs and values, and those companies that restore our faith in what it means to do business. Hakea is one of these.
Hakea, named after an Australian native plant famous for its beauty and extreme resilience, is a conscious swimwear company making waves in the Australian fashion scene. The unique colours and the timeless cuts synonymous with the Hakea name are proving impossible to ignore, and have appeared on the cover of Vogue Living and in Creators Magazine.
Hakea’s creator, Casey, was a graphic designer in a former life, and spent her free time chasing swell and adventure. On her travels, however, she could never quite find that practical and comfortable swimwear that fit her personal style just as much as it fit her figure. So what did she do? She decided to make her own, and to build a company based on small scale production, made to last pieces, plastic free packaging, and environmental care.
Small scale production
Not only does the Hakea team control unnecessary wastage by releasing collections in small runs, but they also take into account and make decisions dependent on the feedback and reviews given to them by their customers. As for the Balinese workers who do make the Hakea swimwear, they are paid fairly, work happily, and Hakea places an emphasis on maintaining a strong relationship with their group of manufacturers.
Made to last
As is standard with any company operating with an ethical and sustainable mindset, Hakea pieces are designed to be timeless and versatile, and are made from durable fabrics that will last you for many summers to come. A selection of the Hakea pieces are made from Econyl, a fabric made from discarded ocean plastics and fishing nets that is UPF 50+, resilient against chlorine, and is essentially five times stronger than standard fabrics.
Plastic free packaging
Plastic is a big no-no over at Hakea HQ; their manufacturer even ships the products in biodegradable cassava root bags, and Hakea has recently started using compostable hygienic liners on all of their swimwear. If a swing tag is even needed for a garment it is completely recyclable, each Hakea piece is sent out in a reusable bag with compostable labels – that are made in a solar-powered factory and printed with non-toxic ink, might we add – and are sent out to you in Better Packaging satchels.
Aside from the everyday actions carried out by the wider Hakea team to ensure their environmental responsibility, Hakea also partners with 1% For The Planet by donating 1% of their annual sales to conserve, to preserve, and to generate positive environmental change.
Now is the time for beach trips and for chasing waterfalls, and now is also the time to invest in your wardrobe through ethical, sustainable, mindset-shifting companies wholeheartedly committed to creating a better future for us all. Hakea is one such company, and when our faded old swimwear is ready for its new purpose, a pair of Hakea bikinis will be next in line.
Want to know where Hakea sits and what they’re working on in terms of these 5 values? Hover over these values to find out.
The majority of our fabrics are made from recycled plastics. Our packaging is plastic free with our garment bags, post satchels, stickers and hygienic liners home compostable. Our swing tags and thank-you cards are made from uncoated paper and are 100% recyclable.
We have great relationships with our manufacturers and have visited both our manufacturers in Bali and Australia to ensure the staff are provided with safe and clean working conditions, no child labor and fair wages. Our manufacturers pay above minimum wage with food allowances, paid maternity leave and yearly bonuses.
Our small scale production diverges from the usual 4 collections per year model and ensures we leave little to no waste from over-ordering. We focus on creating timeless and versatile designs, made with durable fabrics built to last. We offer repairs with out seamstress in Byron Bay. Surplus samples and imperfect pieces we donate to non-profit organisations.
As part of our commitment to protecting the environment we are proud to partner with 1% For The Planet and donate 1% of our annual sales to conserve and preserve our natural spaces. This global movement connects members with approved nonprofit partners who are creating positive environmental change to make the biggest impact possible. We also donate throughout the year to various organisations we believe in.
We're working towards being able to trace our entire supply chain.
“We want you to cherish your Hakea pieces for many seasons to come, so we focus on creating timeless and versatile designs, made with durable fabrics”.