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.
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 production house 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.
Econyl® regenerated nylon
ECONYL® is created from post-industrial waste that would otherwise pollute our Earth - like fishing nets, fabric scraps and carpets. Regenerated nylon functions just like virgin nylon, and can be infinitely recycled and remoulded to create new products without using new resources.
Every 10,000 tons of ECONYL® saves 70,000 barrels of crude oil and prevents 65,100 tons of CO2 eq. emissions.
Both a solution to waste pollution and a strategy to address climate change, ECONYL® regenerated nylon reduces the global warming impact of conventional petroleum-based nylon by up to 90%.
Upcycled / Chemical-Free / Circular Design / Natural Fibers
Our latest beachwear collection was created using fabrics from The New Denim Project, a circular design lab and new-wave textile mill committed to closed-loop manufacturing, with raw materials derived from upcycled cotton and post-industrial textile waste.
Sewn in sustainable fabric sourced from The New Denim Project’s upcycled cotton and post-industrial natural fibers, produced chemical-free and made locally in a family-operated textile mill in Guatemala.
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.
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.