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“Swimwear that’s good for the soul and good for the planet.”
… and good for your sustainable swimwear cred.
OceanZen is an Australian-based company providing conscious consumers with stylish, well-made and sustainable swimwear that doesn’t compromise on quality or aesthetics.
According to WWF, between 500,000 to 1 million tons of fishing gear are discarded or lost in the ocean every year – gear that is a silent killer of marine life. Led by Steph Gabriel, a bikini engineer and qualified Environmental Scientist, the team at OceanZen is on a mission to clean up our oceans, and they are helping to do this by utilising a specific kind of material (which you will hear more about later).
The OceanZen team has a strong respect for both the people who craft the swimwear and the planet from which the materials are taken, which is why they take every possible action to have as minimal a negative footprint as possible. How, you ask? Dw, were about to share.
The manufacturer OceanZen works with to create the swimwear follows strict ethical practices and is Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) certified. This essentially means that protocols surrounding labour, health and safety, discrimination, disciplinary practices, working hours, fair trade renumeration and more are adhered to.
Tbh, OceanZen is kind of a big deal. In 2014 they pioneered a soft, strong, durable fabric that utilises the removal of marine debris from the oceans. All OceanZen swimwear is crafted from a regenerated nylon fabric that is made from recycled ocean waste, including plastic bottles and fishing nets. By using waste to create this fabric, OceanZen is not relying on virgin materials to create their swimwear. Oh, and it’s all 100% OEKO-TEX certified, from the thread and fabric to the hardware used.
Trims and packaging
As you can probably tell, OceanZen is not a fan of disposable plastic, which is why there is no plastic used in the packaging or transportation of their garments. The swimwear is sent out to you in a reusable cotton drawstring bag, the shipping satchels are 100% biodegradable and home compostable, the swing tags are made of recyclable paper, the hygiene stickers are 100% compostable, and any leftover fabric from the swimwear-creating process is used to create hair scrunchies.
OceanZen is a company wholly dedicated to providing a stylish and sustainable solution to a massive, widespread problem. By utilising ocean waste to create their garments, minimising their wastage and, of course, ensuring an ethical mode of production is adhered to, OceanZen is playing their part not only asking for a more environmentally and socially responsible fashion industry, but also in cleaning up our precious big blue playground.
Want to know where OceanZen sits and what they’re working on in terms of these 5 values? Hover over these values to find out.
One strict rule of thumb at OceanZen is that no plastic packaging will be used in the transportation of our garments, nor our branded packaging to our customers. We pack your orders in reusable cotton drawstring bags and our shipping satchels are made of 100% biodegradable and home compostable materials. We refuse to contribute to wasted fabric and repurpose any left over fabric into hair scrunchies. OceanZen swimwear is OEKO – TEX certified meaning that all components of our products e.g thread, fabric, hardware etc have been tested and have no harmful substances to humans or the environment. Our swing tags that hang off your swimwear are also made of recyclable paper and our hygiene stickers are 100% compostable.
Our manufacturers follows strict ethical business practices and is Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) certified which guarantees ethical compliance regarding labour, heath and safety, discrimination, disciplinary practices, working hours, fair trade remuneration and much more. It is so important to us that our manufacturer understands the importance of ethical and sustainable practices and processes and we are lucky to have the support of our production team across all stages of production.
Yes definitely, our pattern maker followers a minimal waste process when cutting and any small left over pieces of fabric get made into scrunchies which become surprise free gifts for our customers who order that bikini. It costs us money to manufacture them into scrunchies but would rather pay for that then have that fabric wasted.
We currently aren't involved with a charity, but we have hosted multiple beach clean ups over the years and hosted some very fun community events, one including 'wear your waste, around your waist'. It was a great beach clean up event and everyone had to get creative with their rubbish they otherwise would have thrown out and create an outfit and wear it. We also run retreats where our customers can come away on holidays with us to the great barrier reef and other bucket list marine life destinations. These truly are life changing for the girls that come. The special and unique interactions they have with marine life, like humpback whales, mantas, turtles etc inspire our girls to want to protect the ocean, because they get to experience first hand why it's important and how plastic pollution especially can effect them.
We can trace almost all of it, as we only work with certified suppliers. It is a very detailed and huge process but working with certified suppliers is a non-negotiable for us.
Behind the Brand
“Back in 2013/2014, sustainable swimwear wasn't a thing, I'm not even sure if it was really a phrase to be used. I'm really proud to say that OceanZen was a leader in this, and I am so proud of that”.