As nature lovers at heart, we are conscious of the serious impact that fashion has on our planet. We are committed to the challenge of researching new alternatives, finding innovative solutions, and making informed decisions to minimize our environmental impact.Photos: Handmade detail from one of our surf suits, packaging made with leftover fabric and compostable mailer, 100% organic cotton for our beachwear line
Here’s what we’re doing to minimize our ecological footprint, plus some extra background information on our sustainability decisions:
It’s no secret that the fashion industry is the second largest polluter on the planet, contaminating fresh water resources and generating a whopping 10% of global carbon emissions. 16 billion pounds of textiles are thrown away each year as a result of fast fashion, which encourages consumers to buy new clothing at super low cost and quality, lasting just long enough to keep up with the trends, only to be worn out and thrown away in a few months’ time.
At Dkoko, we believe that planetary wellbeing requires us all to buy less but buy better.
That’s why our products are designed to be worn beyond just the trends of the season, made with the best available quality materials and sewn by hand, with love.
As our customers will tell you, Dkoko swimwear lasts for years - and we pride ourselves on making unique products that keep their fashion value and lifestyle function long beyond the flimsy trends of the season.
Limited Quantity, local manufacturing
Manufacturing out of our boutique sewing shop in Nicaragua, instead of Asia, allows us to produce in limited quantities and only manufacture the number of garments we sell, keeping waste at an absolute minimum.
As a result, Dkoko designs are unique and our supply limited. We never make more than a few dozen pieces per style, keeping our swimwear that much more exclusive for our customers.
We choose the best available materials to create beautiful products that last for years. Studying into our supply chain details, we take care to know where our materials are produced and how far they travel to reach our sewing shop, since air transportation required for shipment is one of the primary factors generating the greatest carbon emissions across the fashion industry.
Starting on 2021 our goal in Dkoko is to use only sustainable fabrics in our collections.
For our new “Into the Deep” Collection we accomplished this goal, using fabrics and lining made with ECONYL® regenerated nylon.
ECONYL® Regenerated Nylon
ECONYL® regenerated nylon is made from waste, otherwise polluting the Earth, such as fishing nets, fabric scraps and carpets. It’s exactly the same as virgin nylon and can be recycled, recreated and remoulded infinitely. This means we create new products without using new resources.
This is how the process works:
Rescue: The ECONYL® Regeneration System starts with rescuing waste, like fishing nets, fabric scraps, carpet flooring and industrial plastic all over the world. That waste is then sorted and cleaned to recover all of the nylon possible.
Regenerate: Through a radical regeneration and purification process, the nylon waste is recycled right back to its original purity. That means ECONYL® regenerated nylon is exactly the same as virgin nylon.
Remake: ECONYL® regenerated nylon is processed into yarns to make our fabrics.
Reimagine: The beauty of ECONYL® regenerated nylon is that it has the potential to be recycled infinitely, without ever losing its quality. We believe circular design is the future and using ECONYL® is our first step on that journey.
Environmental benefits of using fabrics made with ECONYL®:
For every 10,000 tons of ECONYL® raw material, equates to:
-Saving 70,000 barrels of crude oil.
-Avoiding 65,100 tonnes of CO2 eq. Emissions.
100% Certified Cotton
Cotton, known throughout history as ‘white gold’, is hypoallergenic (meaning it doesn’t react against your skin), breathes better than synthetic fabrics, and is incredibly soft. Cotton is resistant when it gets wet, and stays cool in the Summer and warm in Winter. Like all fabrics, there’s a big difference between high and low-quality cotton, which is why we’ve chosen to use 100% certified organic cotton for our premiere beachwear collection.
What is Organic Cotton?
Starting from untreated, natural seeds, organic cotton is grown without the use of any synthetic fertilizers. Organic cotton crop rotation and composting maintain the health of naturally moist soil by creating a biodiverse, balanced ecosystem. This makes organic cotton plants more resistant to pests and disease, eliminating the need for pesticides known to be both carcinogenic and neurotoxic.
Thanks to this cleaner cotton-growing process, farm workers are afforded a healthier work environment, and all uncontaminated plant waste can be used for other purposes, such as feed for livestock or cotton oil production.
We want our designs to be worn as not just simple pieces of clothing, but special creations that evoke feelings and sensations when we wear them. With that in mind, we’ve carefully selected ultra-soft fabrics made from 100% certified organic cotton and hemp, so each garment becomes an experience of tactile delight.
Cultivated since 8000 B.C., hemp was the first plant used to create textiles, and it doesn’t require the use of any toxic pesticides or herbicides. Hemp is known as the most durable of all natural fibers, and it blends well with others, like cotton.
Hemp is a perfect fabric for summer clothing, since it adapts well to the climate and becomes softer with use.
We are members of 1% for the Planet!
We donate 1% of all sales to non-profit organizations that protect nature. Certified by 1% for the Planet.
We strive to use all the leftover materials created in our manufacturing process by re-purposing them back into our products and packaging to minimize waste and prevent them from ending up in the garbage.
In 2020 we produced a whole sustainable swimwear collection using only materials that were left over after our many collections throughout the years.
Instead of plastic, our bikinis and clothing are packaged in fabric bags made from pieces leftover in our production line. This helps keep our supply chain plastic use to a bare minimum.