Our roadmap to the lowest possible impact on nature.
We at OY Surf Apparel are always looking out for new innovative materials that are ideally based on natural resources or at least don’t use any virgin oil based resources. We hope to produce products with the lowest possible impact on nature that are still high performance and let you enjOY surfing.
When developing new products, selecting materials or purchasing packaging materials, we always follow our 3R principles. We encourage you to do the same. →
Reduce your carbon footprint.
Try buying sustainable options.
Start the circle.
Reuse your clothes.
Favor durability over fast fashion.
Be the circle.
Recycle your products.
Choose fibers made from waste.
Close the circle.
Our surf bikinis and swimsuits as well as our active-wear require the highest quality and performance material. In the water it should feel like a second skin and back on the beach it needs to dry quickly. Giving your body the full freedom to stretch and move requires immense elasticity. With this in mind we chose the best fabrics with the lowest environmental footprint – recycled yarns sourced in Europe.
Fabrics with Recycled Polyamide (Nylon)
Our uni colored fabrics are made of recycled polyamide. We use a regenerated polyamide from fishing nets and industrial waste called Econyl®. The global warming impact of using Econyl® is 80% lower compared to nylon produced from oil. After being mixed with elastane it is woven into a very high performance fabric that suits perfectly for our surf bikinis and active-wear.
Lower Impact on Nature than Polyamide Made of Virgin Oil
By working with Econyl®, we relinquish using virgin nylon and therewith no new oil resources are needed. Technically, Econyl enables a fibre-to-fibre production that allows the yarn to be recycled over and over again. In this way, our products would not be wasted after being worn out.
Technologies to split elastane from polyamide through chemical recycling have not been developed yet. This is why our surf bikinis and active-wear can’t close the loop for a circular economy at the moment. We actively follow the developments in recycling technologies and hope to provide you with a fully sustainable solution.
Fabrics with Recycled Polyester
For our print designs we use recycled polyester made of former plastic bottles. Recycled polyester is almost the same as virgin polyester in terms of quality, but its production requires about 60 percent less energy compared to virgin polyester. Similarly, the polyester material needs to be woven with elastane to turn into a high performance swim- and activewear fabric.
Percent Less Energy Needed in Production Compared to Virgin Polyester
By using recycled polyester we can lower the environmental footprint and reuse waste material that could have else contaminated landfills and oceans. Polyester has a similar quality to Econyl®, as it shows potential for an endless circle of recycling.
Our fabrics do not allow the usage of 100% recycled polyester fibres yet. As it does not offer the required quality as virgin polyester for our high performance surf bikinis, it still needs to be mixed with a small amount of virgin fibres. We are continuously exploring ways to increase the amount of recycled material, as well as following the latest science on technologies to separate elastane from polyester that currently do not exist.
In 2019 we decided to move our production from Indonesia to Europe in order to bring it closer to where we source our fabrics and therewith get rid of unnecessary circles of transportation. Our products are now made in Portugal by a small family business under fair working conditions. Because of our close relation and a very frequent exchange of ideas we reached higher levels of quality for our products whilst maintaining fair prices to our customers.
Plastic Free Shipping
We ship our beloved surf bikinis and active-wear in cardboard boxes or paper envelopes. All the packaging is made of recycled paper and can be fully recycled again.
In order to protect the products during shipping we put them in cotton bags. The cotton bags are certified by OekoTex and fulfill our high ecological standards. Also, the bags are meant to be used for all kinds of things. Next to storing your surf bikini you can also use them for jewelry or charging cables.
So far we print our packing slips on 100% recycled paper. Therefore we use printing paper from Steinbeis which is certified by Blauer Engel, the highest and strictest certification in the paper industry. We are working on a solution where we won’t need paper packing slips and return notes anymore. We plan to introduce this in 2021.