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What are the benefits of using recycled fabric?

When we launched ULU Swim and Surf choosing the right fabric was extremely important to us. Firstly it had to be sustainable and secondly, it had to be high quality and suitable for water sports. We did a lot of research into the best fabric for us to use and after a lot of thought we opted to make our swimwear from a variety of fabrics made by REPREVE and Carvico (made out of ECONYL® regenerated nylon). These are all 100% recycled fabrics made from regenerated plastic waste.

According to FAO and UNEP, every year about 8 million tons of waste end up in our oceans and 640 thousand tons of fishing nets are abandoned in our seas. They have predicted that unless we change our behaviour then the sea will contain more rubbish than fish by 2050. Our vision at ULU Swim and Surf is to take plastic out of the ocean for you to wear in the ocean, and we are doing this by using fabric that recycles and regenerates plastic waste!

In today's blog post we look at the many benefits of using recycled fabric. We'd love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below and let us know if you have heard of another sustainable fabric for us to look into!

Sustainable swimwear // ULU Swim and Surf // ECONYL®


1. Recycled fabric not only finds new life for plastic that otherwise would become waste, but it also saves natural resources. Did you know that REPREVE has recycled 25 billion plastic bottles and repurposed them into fibre? 

2. Compared to making virgin fibre, making REPREVE offsets using new petroleum, emitting fewer greenhouse gases and conserving water and energy in the process. By recycling plastic bottles and making REPREVE an impressive 646 million kgs of CO₂ emissions have been avoided. 

3. For every 10,000 tons of ECONYL® nylon:

         - 70,000 barrels of crude oil are saved

         - 65,100 tonnes of C02 emissions are avoided

4. Recycled and regenerated materials also emit far fewer greenhouse gases and it much better for the planet than creating new fabric. It is estimated that the impact of ECONYL® regenerated nylon on global warming is reduced by 90% compared to virgin materials made from oil.

5. ECONYL® regenerated nylon can also be recycled again and again without any decrease in quality and minimises wastage.

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Recycled materials are not only better for the environment than virgin fibre, but are high quality performance ingredients suitable for swimwear. We are proud of the quality of our swimwear and our styles are built to be durable.

         - Ultra-chlorine resistant

         - Resistance sun cream and oil

         - Muscle control

         - Shape retention

         - Built in UV protection

         - Excellent coverage

         - Pilling resistant

         - Extra comfort, super soft and ultra flat


Despite all of the benefits of recycled fabric our swimwear is still made from nylon (a petroleum based fibre). We recommend that you hand wash your swimwear in cold water to prevent micro-plastics from entering our water sources. According to Greenpeace one piece of clothing can release up to 700,000 fibres every time you run the washing machine so it is really important to hand wash your swimwear. If you have to put your swimwear in the washing machine please use a Guppy Bag to capture the micro-plastics and prevent them from entering our oceans and rivers. 



We would love to hear from our customers, or potential customers, what would you like to see from us? Please comment below with any questions, queries or comments!








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