Volcom Collaborates with Aquafil for Spring Collection
Aquafil, the leading manufacturer of Nylon 6, has just announced a partnership with the apparel company Volcom. The collaboration began in early 2016 after Volcom discovered Aquafil’s previous work, using their ECONYL fiber, with Speedo USA and Kelly Slater’s Outerknown. ECONYL ® is a clean, regenerated nylon that recycles some of the 640,000 tons of abandoned fishing nets left in our oceans. The unmatched sustainable material of such high-quality quickly caught Volcom’s attention. This material gives Volcom’s new swim collection a deeper meaning; using recovered fishing nets allows for the company to make a greater connection with the surf culture.
Volcom was one of the first brands to combine surfing, skating and snowboarding, priding themselves on the quest for spiritual intoxication. On their journey, the company built sustainability as one of their core values. Using the ECONYL ® yarn means consuming approximately 47 percent less energy and more than 50 percent less CO2 emissions, compared to using traditional nylon. This fiber supplies the same quality and performance as nylon while also having the ability to be regenerated an infinite number of times, without degrading. The Spring 2017 swim collection will be composed of 78 percent of the ECONYL fibers, featuring ten swim styles: one piece, separates, bodysuit, and rash guard. The price range is from $32-$85.50 (USD), supplying a sustainable swimwear option that is affordable for consumers.
The goal of this collection was to create products that held a deeper meaning and purpose, more than just beautiful patterns. Volcom is raising the bar for other apparel brands, showing there are more sustainable solutions in how companies source while Aquafil is expanding their technology, working with businesses like Volcom to help advance their sustainability agendas. As more brands collaborate with sustainable suppliers like Aquafil, consumers can have more confidence in the products they purchase. You can view the collection on Volcom’s website and join in on the conversation using the hashtag #CaughtUpInAGoodThing.