There’s a new swimwear trend, and it’s being spearheaded by the makers of Speedos. Speedo has launched a collection of Powerflex swimwear for men and women, and each piece will be literally made out of garbage.
The new suite of waterwear is called the Powerflex Eco collection, and it is made from a material called ECONYL Nylon 6. And while that sounds like a corporation from a dystopian novel, it is in fact fabric made from “end-of-life waste material.” And what that means is they are taking old fishnets and carpets (literally) and spinning them into a new material.
According to ECONYL, “the waste is collected and transported to our pre-treatment plant in Ajdovscina, Slovenia. Depending on the type of waste, Nylon 6 is separated from other materials. It is then put into a grinder or shredder in order to better manipulate the material. The waste from the treatment facility is then ready for the depolymerization plant.”
So, essentially what’s happening is things considered trash are being turned into eco-friendly swimwear. It’s eco-friendly because it requires no crude oil extraction whatsoever, and emissions are low. And seriously, it doesn’t look a thing like garbage.