If there’s one thing you’re going to do in 2018 it should be kitting yourself out in gear that’s good for the earth, and we’ve got just the place for you to start: a sweet as bikini made from recycled fishing nets.
Sustainable swimwear is not only good for the earth, it’s also trés fashionable, so before you go wondering how revealing netted swimwear is, fear not – all your bits will be covered! In fact, the swimwear looks just like any other’s you’d find in the likes of your local surf shop, the trick is it happens to be helping the planet.
The eco-friendly line uses recycled fishing nets and plastic bottles collected from the ocean, lending to it’s name OceanZen. Founded by Aussie Steph Gabriel, a wild at heart traveller and ocean lover, she says her mission is to save the ocean one bikini at a time. “OceanZen was born from an impulsive travel adventure eight years ago,” Steph told Collective Hub, “I wanted a voice for sustainability, but I didn’t want to go down the scientific research path. OceanZen Bikini is completely built around a strong foundation for sustainability and marine conservation.”
If you’re not already aware of why we need to look after our oceans, have a look at how much plastic is washing up on our beaches.
Just arrived back into the realm of civilisation after spending ten days up in remote Cape York with the @cleancoastcollective crew! No phones, no showers and sometimes no toilets haha. We collected 7 tonnes of marine debris off Chilli Beach which is only 6.7km long (which was covered in plastic waste and fishing nets). Connecting with truly remarkable people all from around Australia with one strong common passion amongst others; to help save our oceans. Will be sharing more of our experience over the coming weeks as most of us are still in awe of what we saw and achieved. Biggest love to Nat & Dan from @cleancoastcollective, two very humble, inspiring, driven earth children whom we are very lucky to call family 📸 @cleancoastcollective
Can you imagine the billions of single use plastics like bags, bottles and straws swirling around the oceans, confusing marine life into thinking its food? The real number is actually 500 billion bags alone every year, contributing to an estimated 5.25 TRILLION plastic particles polluting the beautiful big blue. It’s really, really bad.
How many pieces of plastic can you count in this picture?? 🤓♻️ We are so stoked to have supported this amazing #beachclean up for @cleancoastcollective and help remove 7 tonnes of #marinedebris from the #ocean ♻️ Some simple steps you can do to help keep our oceans clean are 💙 say no to plastic bags and bottles 💙 use soaps and shampoo bars instead of bottles 💙and even switching to wooden tooth brushes ! We collected 2,279 plastic tooth brushes over 5 days haha crazy right??? Comment how many pieces of plastic you can count in this image!
OceanZen are doing their part by creating beautiful togs out of waste and recycled plastics, cleaning up beaches and the sea along the way, and thanks to their efforts have won the Australian Ethical & Sustainability Awards two years in a row. As if killer bikinis weren’t enough, the brand is also branching out to create eco-friendly water bottles and bucket list worthy retreats where you swim with humpback whales and learn about the ocean!