Salt Gypsy - Sustainable Swimwear, Surfwear and Surfboards
Salt Gypsy

Salt Gypsy

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Location

Australia

Price

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Values

  • Circularity Circularity
  • Gender Equality Gender Equality
  • Give Back Give Back
  • Made Locally Made Locally
  • Minimal Waste Minimal Waste

Calling all lovers of the sea, salt, sand and stylish surf-wear. We want to introduce you to Salt Gypsy.

“Drawn from a lifetime chasing long period swells, Salt Gypsy is a women’s surf lifestyle company celebrating female surf athleticism and style in the lineup.” 

Salt Gypsy originally started as a blog when its founder, Danny, was working as a surf guide in the Maldives. Yeah, we’re jealous too. Danny wanted a pair of surf leggings that were simple, sustainable and suitable for the swells, so she created one herself. 

Since Danny started the company in 2012 with two pairs of leggings and no money (feels), she has ensured that the company has worked predominantly on a pre-order/on demand basis, which means they do not over-produce their surfwear or surfboards.

The Salt Gypsy products are produced with boutique production teams on the Gold Coast. Before old mate COVID, the Salt Gypsy team was regularly able to visit their factories and meet the women who create their garments, though the manufacturer still pays above award wages (to the predominantly older female workers, might we add). 

What’s more is ECONYL®, their fabric of choice, is a regenerated material made from discarded ocean plastics and fishing nets that is UPF 50+, resilient against chlorine, and is essentially five times stronger than standard fabrics. It’s basically the Wonder Woman of the regenerated-ocean-waste-fabrics world.

Salt Gypsy is also a company that gives back. Not only do they donate products where needed, but monetary donations are made as well. For example, $1260 AUD was donated to SurfAid as part of a 2020 collaboration and $547.93 NZD was donated to Aotearoa Women’s Surfing Association June 2021 as part of a women in business/fundraising initiative, amongst other super cool and impressive give back things. How’s that for transparency?

As for the packaging, Salt Gypsy uses biodegradable and compostable mailer satchels to send out their goodies, they make use of recycled card and paper for their marketing materials, and they are using recycled newsprint for their upcoming newspaper. Oh, and just to be even more impressive, in 2016/17 they became the first women’s surf brand to calculate and offset their manufacturing carbon footprint, and donated this amount to a Northern NSW renewable energy project. No biggie.

Salt Gypsy is an environmentally and socially conscious company that has been making waves in the sustainable surfwear scene since 2012, and the inherent love of the ocean is obvious in every aspect of its processes, from its female team of surfers based in Byron Bay to the material favoured for the garments. If you’re in the market for some timeless, durable and sustainable surf wear or surfboard, take a look at Salt Gypsy’s incredible range. We promise you won’t regret it. 

Want to know where Salt Gypsy sits and what they’re working on in terms of these 5 values? Hover over these values to find out.

Want to know more about the founder’s journey?
Read our interview.

Salt Gypsy
“I've learned to view barriers as opportunities to think outside the box and find a way to do or achieve what you set you mind to. It might just take longer but everything is figureoutable and a work in progress.”.

Danielle Clayton

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