Sloppy Tunas create eco-friendly swimwear made from 100% recycled polyester. It takes approximately 7 plastic bottles to make each swimsuit.
Read below our interview with Sloppy Tunas to find out how they started and what their future plans are.
- How did you first realise that you could make ethical swimwear out of plastics directly taken from the sea?
Our initial idea was to make sustainable swimwear, but when we first started we didn’t even know that recycled polyester even existed. We spent a couple of months researching different materials and compositions. We finally found some companies that used recycled polyester to make different pieces of clothing. So, we went on to look for different suppliers. After reaching out to many different manufacturing companies and being told many times that recycled polyester was impossible to find here in Spain, we found a supplier that offered the exact prime materials we were looking for.
- How does the breakdown process work from plastic bottles to swimwear?
The process is rather complex compared to your average swimsuit or piece of clothing in general. First, through a local foundation, we recover the plastic from the ocean. This foundation works closely with the fisherman of the Mediterranean coast and encourages them to keep all the trash they pick up from the fishing nets and put it into different containers.
After the plastic is collected, it is sorted into different categories and what we especially use is PET. This plastic is crushed into small pieces, melted into pellets and then processed into high quality 100% recycled polyester. After we have the fabric we cut and sew them into Sloppy’s. All of this process is done between Spain and Portugal.
- Will there be a Sloppy Tunas swimwear for women in the near future?
I think this is the question we get asked the most! It’s something we definitely have in mind. We also understand that the women swimwear market is a little more complex, and before we dive into this market we want to make sure that the recyclable materials we currently use are also compatible with women’s swimwear.
- What are your long-term aspirations for Sloppy Tunas?
Our goal with Sloppy Tunas is to raise awareness about plastic pollution, by offering fashionable and sustainable clothing. We believe that everyone has the power to save the planet, and by just doing some small things in our everyday lives we can have a huge impact on our beautiful planet.
Apart from making swimwear we also take part in beach cleans on the Barceloneta beach, for u,s it’s also a great way to raise awareness of the problem that we are faced with. At the end of the day, we want to be a catalyst for change.
- Who chose the name and why?
Glad the name has sparked some curiosity! When we started this project, we knew that if we were going to make something ethical and sustainable we wanted to make it fun and appealing for the younger consumers too. Currently, a lot of ethical brands are targeted to older consumers. But we wanted to change that and offer fun and trendy swimwear at a competitive price.
The actual name Sloppy Tunas represents two of the most important things here in the Mediterranean. Tuna is one of the most common species found in the Mediterranean Sea, and Sloppy represents the young and nonconformists that are currently revolutionizing the way we go about things.
- Do Javier Bardem and his charitable work with plastics know you exist and if not why not? When will we get to see a picture of him in his Sloppy Tunas!??
We are huge fans of Javier Bardem, unfortunately, I don’t think he knows about us yet. But we won’t stop until everyone knows about Sloppy Tunas and what we stand for.
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