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Shapes in the Sand swimwear is made from a premium sustainable fabric using a fibre derived from discarded ghost nets, known as Econyl and it's helping to clean up our planet. Swimwear being made from a synthetic fibre, we understand that when your swimsuit is washed we need to be aware of these fibres and the possibility of particles entering the oceans. 

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.

Shapes in the Sand  Washing Instructions ***
. Do not wash your swimsuit in the washing machine. 

. We recommend filling a bucket with lukewarm water and handwashing after use.
. Give your swimsuit a big squeeze of any excess water.
. Once you are done, dispose of the water somewhere that is not down the drain. 
. An alternative could be to use a laundry bag when washing your swimsuit.
. Hang out to dry in the shade.

How else can you 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 
. Use a laundry bag that is made from a 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 waste
  and the amount of times we need to wash. Less is more.