Being sustainable & ethical in both product and process is at the heart of our brand. It’s no secret that the fashion industry is one of the biggest polluters nowadays. Sadly, day in and day out we have to witness the negative impacts it leaves on our planet. That’s why we strive to redefine the values of fashion - how it is made, consumed, worn and treasured. As a slow fashion brand, we make each item in very limited numbers, so nothing is mass-produced.
Swimwear production takes place in a small socially responsible factory in northern Portugal. Nearly 100% of the energy needed for production is generated by their own solar panels. Like us, they believe that together we can make a difference to leave a lighter footprint on this planet.
Our apparel is currently made in Bangladesh under strict supervision of the Fair Wear Foundation, an independent multistakeholder organisation that works to ensure good labour conditions in garment factories - including fair wages, safe working environments, regular working hours, anti-discrimination campaigns & labor rights.
The pieces are then shipped to Hamburg to be printed/embroidered at a local partner facility, before making their way to you after receiving their final goodbyes from us.
Note that all future apparel collections, like our upcoming Summer Essentials Collection will be designed and made in in Portugal & Germany.
Turning trash to treasure.
WOODSTRK swimwear is exclusively made using premium Italian fabric. Our uni colored fabric - called VITA - contains 78% ECONYL® regenerated nylon & 22% elastane, while our printed fabric VITA PL contains 78% recycled polyester & 22% elastane.
ECONYL® regenerated nylon is a yarn that consists of waste like abandoned fishing nets, fabric scraps, carpet flooring and industrial plastic from landfills and oceans all over the world. The waste is collected by organisations such as Healthy Seas and Net Works. Between 2013 and 2018, Healthy Seas alone have rescued 453 tons of fishing nets, which equals the weight of three blue whales & enough ECONYL® yarn to produce more than 4 million bikinis.
In order to make ECONYL®, the cleaned fishing nets and other rescued waste products are first taken to pretreatment facilities in Ljubljana, Slovenia, where they are sorted and shredded into pieces small enough to be put through the ECONYL® system. The shredded material is then moved to a regeneration plant where they are put into huge chemical reactors for depolymerization to extract nylon and then to polymerization to re-generate the polyamide 6. The final product is then processed into yarn and ultimately into “WOODSTRK” swim pieces.
Why we chose ECONYL®
ECONYL® is a way to recycle and replace virgin nylon in our everyday products and clothes. It’s durable, comfy, supportive, twice as resistant to chlorine and suntan creams/oils than regular nylon & can be recycled infinitely without losing its quality. Traditional production methods for nylon are anything but eco-friendly, they require huge amounts of water and produce a hefty amount of nitrous oxide, which is 10 times more potent than carbon dioxide. What’s more, nylon is not biodegradable, and it is estimated that up 40% of man made plastic waste in the oceans are nylon.
Ethical wardrobe essentials.
Most of our t-shirts and sweatshirts are made with 100% organic ring-spun combed cotton, which is cotton that is produced and certified to organic agricultural standards. Compared to conventional cotton, organic cotton is softer, lasts much longer and is better for the environment. It’s also hypoallergenic, meaning it’s well-suited for people with allergies or specific chemical sensitivity.
Non-organic cotton uses an estimated 25% of the world’s total pesticides, while only covering 2.5% of the world’s agricultural land. Those often cancer-causing pesticides tend to contaminate surrounding rivers & lakes and make their way into the groundwater. Organic cotton on the other hand, is grown without the use of synthetic chemicals. It’s also 80% rain-fed, which reduces pressure on local water sources.
The textile & garment industry accounts for 80% of Bangladesh's export revenue each year. In 2017 this translated into $28.14 billion, about 13% of the nation’s GDP. We believe in positive change and thus support the country’s goal of growing the share of fair and ethical manufacturers in order to combat issues related to human rights & exploitation, while securing jobs and economic growth at the same time.
Shipping & Packaging
We ship 100% carbon neutral. The CO2 emissions of each shipment are calculated and subsequently compensated by investing in environmentally friendly projects across the globe such as reforestation and biodiversity initiatives. Little things make a difference. That's why we are working hard to minimise waste in all aspects at WOODSTRK.
Our packaging & hang tags are eco-friendly, plastic-free and made from 100% recycled cardboard. The packaging is also super light to reduce environmental impact on shipping. Needless to say that everything written on it was printed digitally, using water-based ink.