Speedo’s new H2O Active Collection, a workout range for women to wear both in and out of the water, is sustainable and eco-friendly. Waste from fishing nets, manufacturing by-products and even carpet were turned into an innovative regenerated fibre yarn, Econyl, which was used to create a functional fabric that is also kind to the environment.
The Speedo H2O Active range was created from a fabric called Powerflex Eco, which is made from 78% Econyl yarn. Speedo has been working with Aquafil, creators of Econyl, on their Take Back Programme that transforms waste product into new material. Aquafil turns Speedo’s waste into raw material for nylon, which is transformed into Econyl yarns through an innovative fibre production process. The result is new fabric that is durable, lightweight, chlorine-resistant and breathable, with the added benefits of using regenerated waste.
Traditionally, swimwear fabric has never been suitable for recycling due to its technical composition. Thanks to the partnership between Speedo and Aquafil, it is now possible for post-production waste – which otherwise would be sent to a landfill – to be regenerated for the production of Econyl fibre. Figures show that 20% of global waste comes from the textile and clothing industry, and with Speedo’s help there has been a 21% increase in recycled, non-hazardous waste.
Fashionable and functional, H2O Active is available in energetic prints and bright clashing colours. “Using vibrant florals, the new season’s collection blends bold summery hues of orange and yellow with neutral tones of white, grey and black,” says local Speedo distributor, Brand ID. The new collection includes crop tops, capris, shorts, briefs and swimsuits, allowing it to be mix-and-matched to reflect personal style.
“Designed with comfort, durability and style in mind, H2O Active is perfect for fitness enthusiasts who want to look and feel good while working up a sweat both in and out of the water,” they continue. “The innovative fabric lasts twice as long as standard swimwear, making it perfect for multi fitness needs.”