Sustainability | Ethics

 

APPROACH

Sustainability is critical to us. We are approaching sustainability on multiple levels-from production to our shipping bags and methods. On a micro level, one of the most significant steps we can take is to use recycled materials whenever possible without compromising the integrity of our product. We use the highest quality Recycled Italian fabric. We are continuously researching multiple aspects of sustainability including climate change, human health and landfill use. We are striving to create long lasting products so that we can help reduce the amount of landfill waste that is currently being produced. The more eco-conscious we become, the greater our solutions become. We have included a carbon emission reduction token on our website, and we will be supporting NGO’s that aid in ocean cleaning, coral restoration, and many more. We are here to provide you with quality over quantity, and we will continue to get stronger and more knowledgeable with time, for we know there is always room for growth.

At Maoi, we practice slow fashion and our items don't follow seasons. When designing our pieces, our goal is to create swimwear that you can use through every season, for many years.

We produce all our garments in Bali, Indonesia. Our factory uses bio-degradable packaging and ensures zero water pollution as well as donating all left-over fabric scraps to a local charity, Bali Street Mums. Bali Street Mums provides desperately needed resources including shelter, clothing, education, basic health care and food to the impoverished women and children of Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. At our factory, our employees are paid well over the minimum wage, 13 months' salary a year, receive free medical insurance covering doctors' fees, prescribed medication & hospitalization which our factory extends to their spouse & up to three children.

We promise to always be open and honest with our consumers.

SUSTAINABLE FABRIC

Maoi uses responsibly sourced organic, recycled and regenerated materials whenever possible. Our collection is made from ECONYL which is made from 100% regenerated nylon. ECONYL reduces waste from oceans and landfills by recycling items such as fabric scraps, fishing nets and plastic bottles.

With the help of our customers, our bikinis can be endlessly recycled and regenerated as 100% quality nylon! By buying MAOI, not only are you helping to reduce plastic waste in our ocean, but you are also contributing to a more circular economy. In addition to reducing plastic waste in our ocean, by purchasing products created with ECONYL nylon, you are investing in Aquafil and all of their environmental protection initiatives.

Econyl not only does it reduce the plastic waste in our oceans, but it also uses far less energy and crude oil in the manufacturing process than virgin nylon. For every 10,000 tonnes of Econyl raw material, Aquafil is able to save 70,000 barrels of crude oil  and avoid 57,100 tonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions. 

 

What is ECONYL?

ECONYL, created by Italian firm Aquafill, uses synthetic waste such as industrial plastic, waste fabric, and fishing nets from oceans, then recycles and regenerates them into a new nylon yarn that is exactly the same quality as virgin nylon.
This regeneration system focuses on 6 steps that form a closed loop which uses less water and creates less waste than traditional nylon production methods. Waste is collected, then cleaned and shredded, depolymerised to extract nylon, polymerised, transformed into yarn, and then re- commercialised into textile products.

ECONYL BREAKDOWN

Fishing nets have become a huge problem for marine life. Whales, dolphins, sharks, turtles and other marine life are being trapped by the nets left behind by fishermen. But with some clever innovations and technology, fashion could be the answer to cleaning up some of these nets and saving the lives of our beautiful marine life.

 Why ECONYL?

ECONYL is a way too recycle and replace virgin nylon in our everyday products and clothes. Traditional production methods for nylon are not 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.

ECONYL IMPROVEMENTS

While ECONYL is a fantastic initiative that is helping to clean up our waterways and repurpose trash that would otherwise end up in landfill, sticking around in the environment for hundreds of years before breaking down, there is still one itty bitty issue: micro fibers. These tiny plastic particles are released from synthetic fibers, including ECONYL, so you still need to be aware of how to minimize them when using the recycled plastic fabric. We suggest using a wash bag or filter in your washing machine, to only buying ECONYL goods that don’t require regular washing like shoes and swimwear.

As a small company, we will continue to work towards greater and better techniques that benefit our planet and wellbeing.

 

BIODEGRADABLE PACKAGING

100% recycled plastic and biodegradable shipping bags.

We use biodegradable panty liners and every suit is shipped in a biodegradable cassava shipping bag from our manufacturer.

100% BIODEGRADABLE SHIPPING BAGS

I’m a Home Compostable courier satchel mailer. I have a lovely, matt finish with graphics and I’m flat with some stretch. I behave just like a plastic satchel except when left in nature! In a home compost I will biodegrade in 3-6 months. Labels stick to me no problem, and I’m waterproof and strong.