IF you’re the sort of person who loves giving a good Christmas present, but wonder whether you should be donating to a good cause instead, then a local designer has got just the thing for you. Local environmental scientist Claire O’Loughlin has up-cycled fishing nets, carpets and other discarded materials into a new range of sustainable swimwear. All of Ocean Remedy’s stylish rashies, surfkinis and one-pieces are made from regenerated nylon and were designed in Fremantle by Ms O’Loughlin.
“There is really no excuse to use conventional fabric for swimwear when such a fantastic alternative is available,” she says. “We all need to think harder about our clothing choices and realise the impact it makes on the planet: 10,000 tonnes of econyl fabric saves 70,000 barrels of crude oil.” Ms O’Loughlin says protecting the environment and ethical production inspired her to enter the fashion industry.
“We work with a studio in Bali paying fair wages to their staff with holiday, sick pay and medical cover. All the things we appreciate ourselves.”
Ocean Remedy is also researching microplastic pollution, working with European agencies to reduce pollution at the manufacturing stage and raise public awareness of the issue. Between five and 13 million tonnes of plastic ends up in the ocean each year and finds its way into the stomachs of marine life with deadly consequences. By 2050 the ocean will contain more plastic by weight than fish, according to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
Ocean Remedy avoids using plastic whenever possible and garments are shipped from Bali to Australia in calico bags in reusable protective packaging. The company chooses the greenest options for packaging and carbon-neutral shipping, and their tags and printing is done on recycled paper. Even the hygiene labels are printed using non-toxic veggie inks on water-soluble paper.
Ms O’Loughlin says her swimwear has UPF50 sun protection and despite its origins are the most comfortable bathers you’ll ever wear. Her sustainable range for women is available at Cibo Home on Market Street in Fremantle.
Men’s and children’s rashies, and girl’s bathers are available online or at select markets around Perth. For more information go to http://www.ocean-remedy.com