5 Sustainability Steps
To celebrate Earth Day (22 April 2019), we wanted to discuss some of the ways we minimise our brand’s environmental footprint. Our brand’s primary goal is to create swimwear + accessories to compliment our coastal summer lifestyle we enjoy, and for you to enjoy. Our secondary goal is to achieve our primary goal in a sustainable and ethical manner. We take every opportunity to minimise our environmental footprint. Here are our top 5 sustainability steps:
1. Single-use plastic-free
We talk about this a bunch because we see the damage with our own eyes. We spend around about six month of our year based in Bali and it’s heartbreaking to see how affected the coastline is here by single-use plastic. “The main cause for the increase in plastic production is plastic packaging. Plastic packaging was 42% of all non-fiber plastic produced in 2015, and it also made up 52% of plastics thrown away” (source: Earth Day Network). All Beach Access packaging is made from 100% bio-degradable, natural materials like vegetable oil (even our sticky tape), so we aren’t contributing to the mess and neither are you when supporting us. If you want to find out more about our packaging, check out Ecoenclose’s website.
2. Small production quantities = No waste
Fast fashion is actually doing nearly as much damage to our oceans as single-use plastic. “Garment manufacturing accounts for 20% of global industrial water pollution” (source: Water Resources Institute). We aim to create swimwear designs that outlast the season, remain in fashion and can be worn year after year. We also only produce our collections in small batches, not huge bulk orders. As some of you might have noticed, we’ve been sold out of some styles for a while simply because we under order to eliminate any chance of waste.
3. We’re vegan
Our brand is vegan and we’re vegan. It just seems like the obvious choice to us for three reasons: no one is harmed, we feel healthier eating more plants, and we’re reducing our environmental footprint. “Animal agriculture is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, more than the combined exhaust from all transportation” (Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations). Don’t forget about the deforestation and ocean dead zones animal agriculture creates.
We upcycle any fabric cuttings/leftovers into other cute things like hair scrunchies. “Less than 1% of material used to produce clothing is recycled into new textiles and fibres” (Ella MacArthur Foundation 2017). We hated the idea of nice fabric going to waste on the cutting room floor so we thought about smaller items that it could be used for and scrunchies seemed like the obvious idea, especially when you can match them with your ‘Rattan Bag’.
5. Natural materials
We choose to use natural materials for two reasons; we love the way rattan bags or straw hats look and they’re also biodegradable. Spoiler alert: we’re dropping a new garment in our upcoming Rainbow Babe collection made from recycled cotton. “It takes about 2,720 litres of water to produce just one cotton shirt – a number equivalent to what an average person drinks over three years” (Environmental Justice Foundation). Knowing that we are stopping this water thirsty fibre from going straight to landfill makes us feel good.
We hope this info makes you feel even better about supporting Beach Access! Thanks for reading.