Frequently Asked Questions
Made in the US
We are fully Made in the US. We recycle plastics, extrude yarn, and knit fabrics in North Carolina and Virginia. Our partners are located in a 50 mile radius. The fast fashion supply chain can be 10,000+ miles long for one garment. We are proud to be supporting local industries and minimizing our carbon footprint. 3D garment knitting is conducted in New York with our partner Tailored Industry.
We use ZERO water in our entire process from plastic to yarn to fabric to garment. Our materials are “dyed” at the yarn stage by the recycled plastics we use to create them. For example, the red party cups dye our yarns a beautiful pink color.
Recycled Plastic Certifications
Our ocean plastics are certified by…
The Global Recycled Standard guarantees that recycled materials meet the ISO definition of recycled. GRS certified sites meet strict social and environmental requirements. Chemicals with potential for harm are not permitted to be used on GRS certified products. GRS also ensures that the identity of a recycled material is maintained from the recycler to the final product. A professional, third party certification body audits each part of this supply chain.
Zero Plastic Oceans guarantees that the collected recyclable plastics are ocean-bound waste from shoreline communities that do not have formal waste management systems in place. "Ocean-bound plastic is plastic waste that is not managed correctly and is abandoned in the environment where it will be transported to the Oceans by rain, wind, tides, river flow, or floods."
Based on the EPA WARM (waste reduction model) and data from the NSF, our plastic recycling partners have calculated that recycling one ton of ocean plastics is equivalent to 3 barrels of oil avoided = 1,742 lbs. CO2 emissions avoided = 21 cubic meters of landfill saved = 90 gallons of gasoline avoided = 1,980 miles driven by an average passenger car avoided (which is a trip from LA to Chicago).
To combat fiber shedding and microplastic pollution, we only create filament yarns. Filament yarns are made from continuous filaments, not individual fibers. The majority of apparel is made from staple (spun) yarns, which are created by spinning staple fibers together into a yarn. When a garment is put into the laundry machine, these staple fibers can shed and enter the water stream.
Brand and Designer Collaborations
Contact us if you are interested in collaborating! We look forward to learning more about your designs and products. Our materials are fully Made in the US and our lead times can be 2-3 months for custom requests. Reach out to learn more about sampling, knit fabric options, and more.