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Sustainability Promise

Tai Swim Co's Commitment

Tai Swim Co is a small-batch, designer swimwear brand that is committed to implementing ethical, sustainable & socially impactful practices into our company. That being said, having a brand & producing anything at all is inherently, not sustainable. Having a transparent relationship with our customers has been our motive since the beginning & it is what makes us stand out from the rest.

Making something that doesn't need to be made goes against the very definition of environmental care & we understand this deeply. That is why every effort counts toward making our company the most environmentally friendly & ethically responsible as possible. Check out some of the projects that we are the most proud of - from 100% recycled fabrics to a vegan company lifestyle.

Swimwear

  • Our swimwear is made from plastic bottles using Repreve¬†& Carvico Vita fabric (85% recycled nylon, 15% spandex)¬†certified by Oeko-Tex, GRS¬†& SCS
  • We feature non-complicated patterns & cuts to utilize every scrap of fabric that we produce
  • Our swimwear features no hardware & instead uses long strings to adjust fit. Hardware made of plastic or metal does not need to be on swimwear, therefore we don't include it
  • Our recycled plastic hygienic liners feature non-toxic adhesive to stick to our bikini bottoms
  • We source sustainable materials such as recycled polyester, organic cotton,¬†&¬†bamboo for our other products that aren't bikinis
  • To extend the lifespan of our products, we make swimwear that is built to last & not contribute to planned obsolescence

Accessories

  • Accessories like scrunchies, headbands & face masks are sewn from scrap materials that are left over from swimwear production
  • Our Bali Straw Sun Visors are handmade from dried banana leaves & can be composted once the stretchy¬†back-strap is removed

Tags

  • Hang tags are produced from recycled paper & are in their second stage of life when on Tai Swim Co products
  • Some of our accessories do not require tags & to eliminate unnecessary waste, we do not use them on everything
  • The size labels seen on our swimwear use eco-heat-transfer technology which uses less water than fabric tag production & reduces labor hours by avoiding sewing time

Shipping Materials

  • Our cardboard boxes & paper shipping mailers are made from recycled paper materials
  • Our soft poly-mailers are 100% biodegradable, made from corn & other plants
  • We use water-based shipping tape & recycled honeycomb paper-packaging wrap to ship larger orders

Product Delivery

  • Local web orders & wholesale orders are occasionally delivered by bicycle or by walking to eliminate unnecessary shipping pollution caused by air & car travel
  • We work with local¬†retailers in Hawai'i to shorten our supply chain¬†& minimize transportation emissions when delivering product to our island vendors

Manufacturing

  • We have been working with our family owned manufactures for 4+ years
  • Our family owned manufacturers in Canggu, Indonesia & Foshan, PRC are small teams of less than 15 middle-aged adult men & women
  • Use digital printing methods that require less water & produce less waste
  • Our shipments from¬†our manufacturers are prepped, packed & delivered using as little¬†unnecessary packaging materials as possible (i.e, no individual bags for each item, tying together styles with extra string, etc)
  • Our manufacturing process is designed to minimize water usage¬†& waste from the beginning to the end of production
  • We use natural & low-impact dyes to minimize harm to the environment
  • We use renewable energy sources like solar/wind power to reduce our carbon footprint in our home office & manufacturing facility

Brand Lifestyle

  • Tai & her family are plant-based, plastic-free & zero waste
  • Our retailers actively host beach cleanups, feature zero-waste lifestyles & embrace the ideals of leaving no trace on this earth
  • Supporting Native Hawaiians, local artists & Hawai'i based businesses are a daily occurrence for our team
  • Founder, Tai¬†purchases¬†her favorite home decor items, jewelry, accessories & cleaning supplies from local businesses¬†in Hawai'i, most often handmade by her friends
  • We partner with organizations that work to protect our oceans & promote sustainability
  • We continuously strive to improve our manufacturing practices, brand lifestyle & do as much as we can to reduce our environmental impact