Our Fabrics

Shapes in the Sand swimwear is made from a premium sustainable fabrics including a fibre derived from discarded ghost nets, known as ECONYL ®and it's helping to clean up our planet. We have also introduced a bio-based fabrication that is made up of 80% plant based polyamide. 

Due to performance swimwear requires a small amount of synthetic fibre to ensure stretch, shape retention and longevity. We understand that when your swimsuit is washed over time we need to be aware of our swimwear fibres the problem we face today with fibres entering our waterways and on into our oceans. 

Our swimwear is made using on the highest quality tight knit fabrications. To ensure the longevity of your Shapes in the Sand swimsuit and to help you begin to take steps to helping keep our oceans clear from unwanted synthetic particles, we've put together a guide.  

what is a nano plastic

A nano plastic is a tiny nano sized debris too small for the eye to see. Nasty little bits of microfibers in the form of strands that have been found to be entering our oceans every time we wash our clothes. These fibres come from not just synthetic clothing but could also be associated with cotton, wool & hemp. There are dyes and other chemicals associated with organic fabrics as well as synthetics. For this reason we need to be aware and do our part to stop that water from entering the oceans.

our washing instructions

If you prefer washing your swimsuit in the washing machine, please put on agentle cycle and ensure the swimsuit is washed inside Guppyfriend Washing Bag. You can purchase one here

If you don't have a washing bag please rinse your swimsuit in a bucket. Once you are done, dispose of the water somewhere that is not down the drain. Hang out to dry in the shade. 

How else can we minimise microfibre shedding?

Only buy clothing that has been designed with durability in mind, so that they can not only be recycled after many years of use but to also ensure quality fabric construction. Use a laundry bag that is made from natural/untreated fabric. Minimise the amount of times you use your washing machine and use a gentle cycle that won't aggravate the fibres, releasing them from the garment. Buy less! Only buy what you need. By reducing consumption, we reduce the amount of waste and the amount of times we need to wash. Less is more.