We are a team of environmentally conscious consumers exploring innovative materials and more responsible production methods. We have made it our mission to challenge the traditional production and consumption patterns, and this is the starting point for our approach to material selection, production methods and not least the certifications we prioritize to have in our value chain.
Our SWIM and ACTIVE collections primarily consist of recycled nylon, for example from old fishing nets rescued from the sea. All post-consumer waste, which is considered worthless rubbish. The waste becomes a thread, which is spun together with elastane to create a product by the meter, which is finally sewn into our styles.
WHERE DO THE FISHNETS COME FROM?
Since 2013, Healthy Seas has had a mission to clean the seas of abandoned fishing nets. Today they work with over 200 volunteer divers and 900 ports who collect the nets.
Modern fishing nets are made from nylon and other plastic components, which make the nets extremely durable. So when the fishing nets - or ghost nets, as they are also called - are dumped into the sea, they are carried around by the ocean currents for years, with the nets trapping and killing thousands of marine animals in their path.
FROM WASTE TO WEAR
The nets that Healthy Seas collects are delivered to a production facility in Italy, which uses innovative technology to make positive use of the nets' durability. By recycling and extracting the nylon of the nets, a new material is created; ECONYL®, which is a type of yarn that is used to create a sea of different products – e.g. Copenhagen Cartels.
By recycling the nets, you contribute both to cleaning the oceans of plastic and to preserving animal and plant life under the waves. By recycling existing materials, the production process saves the planet's valuable resources such as water, energy and crude oil. It also helps to lower the overall CO2 footprint.
HEALTHY SEAS X COPENHAGEN CARTEL
The process is the story of "waste to wear" and is a brilliant example of how what others see as waste is in fact a precious resource that can be used to create new, high-quality products.
Copenhagen Cartel has a direct collaboration with Healthy Seas, where we both support their efforts with donations, but also collaborate on activities such as clean-up events and educational material for presentations and lectures
ECONYL® yarn consists of 100% recycled nylon, which i.a. is collected in the old fishing nets. ECONYL® yarn is made by our supplier Aquafill. When the yarn is finished, it is sent to our supplier Carvico in Italy, who make the final product by the meter. It is made from a composition that consists of at least 78 percent ECONYL® yarn (recycled nylon) and 22 percent elastane. Elastane is mixed in to make the final product more stretchy and soft. In addition, it helps to give our products the flattering shape function.
We have a close collaboration with both Aquafill and Carvico, both of which work with a high standard of certifications in relation to both materials and working conditions. Read more about our productions.
Dedicated to saving the world's oceans, we focus on creating positive change alongside like-minded people who love the ocean as much as we do. That's why we surround ourselves with passionate and courageous people and brands who want to make a difference and create a better future – both for the planet and for us who live on it.
MAKE THE OCEAN MATTER
THE MATERIAL OF THE FUTURE
Water is the source of life for all life on earth, yet fresh water is one of the biggest future challenges and water shortages already affect more than 40% of the global population and the problem is only expected to increase in the future. This makes fresh water a precious resource that we must take care of.
Conventional cotton is one of the most used fibers in textiles, but also the one that requires the most fresh water. 26 million tons of cotton are harvested annually globally! In an attempt to find an alternative material that is water-saving and thus more future-proof, we have developed an innovative product by the meter that we call OCN WEED®.
INNOVATIVE METER PRODUCT
Our OCN WEED® product by the meter is, among other things, created with an innovative seaweed fiber. We harvest our seaweed from Iceland. Here we have set strict requirements to take care of nature, and therefore the various areas are only harvested every four years, to ensure full regeneration between harvests and that the ecological value is preserved. The amazing thing about seaweed is that it is a natural and regenerating resource that is already growing in abundance in the sea, which means it doesn't need any other water - than the one it's already in.
OCN WEED® consists of 30% seaweed fiber (SeaCell™) and 70% organic cotton, but we have only just begun to explore the possibilities of using seaweed in textiles and we continue to innovate and explore.
DUSTBAGS, HANGTAGS AND LABELS
Our packaging consists of either recycled poly-bags or dustbags made from cotton waste and waste material. Our hangtags and labels are FSC-labeled and made in collaboration with a Danish company.
RECYCLED & FSC MARKED
Our hangtags, labels, flyers and business cards are all created from recycled and FSC-approved cardboard and paper.
FSC is an international non-profit labeling scheme for wood and paper. In FSC forests, no more wood is felled than the forest can reproduce. At the same time, FSC is a guarantee that animals and plant life are protected and that the people who work in the forest are trained and receive proper safety equipment and wages.
RESIDUAL AND WASTE MATERIALS
It is important that we take good care of our products, and fortunately there are ways to do this that do not burden the environment unnecessarily. We store our products in either dustbags or bags made of recycled plastic. Our dustbags are made from 100% recycled residual and waste textile materials. We use surplus materials from textiles because it is a material that is often considered worthless, but can easily be given a new life as quality products. Cotton is also one of the most frequently used, but least recycled types of textiles, and it wears down nature's resources.
DO YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE?
By recycling and using innovative fibers, materials and production methods, we give new life to residual and waste resources that are normally considered worthless. Most importantly, we help clear the world's oceans of plastic waste.
If you have further questions about our materials and production methods that you cannot find the answer to here, you are very welcome to write to us here or stop by our store at Nikolaj Plads 26, 1067 København K for a chat.