Love the great outdoors? These brands are pioneering taking recycled materials and transforming them into apparel that is both stylish and sustainable.
Born out of founder Tom Kay's love for sea and surfing, the Cornwall (UK) based Finisterre has always prioritised sustainability in its approach. Their jackets use 100% recycled polyester recyclable ripstop outer shells, sourced from Japan. They work with ECONYL® who convert discarded fishing nets and plastic waste into high performance fabrics. What more could you want from a jacket?
For founder Helen Newcombe, British brand Davy J creates swimwear that can actually "survive a dive, pull off a cliff jump or handle a waterfall." They have designed all their products to be circular; using regenerated nylon yarn from spent and ghost fishing nets before then taking them back at end of life. For every 100 Davy J suits sold, around 9kg of waste has been regenerated. Now you can enjoy and protect our rivers, seas and oceans at the same time.
For activewear that's a bit closer to home Evamoso make simple but stylish leggings & exercise tops. Their Italian fabric supplier uses 100% regenerated polyamide fibre from materials like old fishing nets and mats. Even their tissue paper and hang labels are made from recycled paper. A brand that's clearly thought through all the details.
Pangaia are a collective of scientists, technologists and designers pioneering new approaches to garment materials. They spent 10 years developing a breakthrough vegan down made from dried wild flowers. Their hoodies and track pants are each made from an average of 28 recycled plastic bottles. You'll never feel better when out for your next jog.
So this one isn't strictly apparel but Millican blend the natural with the recycled to create elegant sustainable backpacks. Based on a working farm in the beautiful Lake District (UK) their designs are inspired by the palettes of their surroundings. The outer fabric of their Blank Canvas bags are made from 100% recycled polyester, recycling about 40 plastic bottles in the process. They craft everything by hand and it shows in the quality.
Scandinavian minimalism meets technical outdoor apparel. They encourage their customers to only buy once but buy well. As a result their clothing items are designed with a range of functionality in mind. They use recycled polyester which is sourced from both post-industrial waste and PET bottles with the resulting fabric outperforming even virgin polyester. If you're looking for peak technical and sustainable then Klättermusen may be just the fit.
Founded by Natalie Glaze and Zanna van Dijk, both of whom grew up snorkelling and scuba diving, they have always felt a responsibility to give back to the ocean. Their premium swimwear is made from Italian fabric and stitched using thread upcycled from plastic bottles. Going forward they aim to be a fully circular brand with no waste outputs. Definitely a sustainable choice for your next dip in the open water.