House of Holland x Speedo Collab Uses Recycled Fishnet Fabrics For World Oceans Day

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London’s Evening Standard zeroes in on next-gen swimwear for the sustainability-minded set.with a preference for more modest one-piece suits. Simply stated, the swimsuit is getting a makeover. In honor of World Oceans Day on June 8, these swimsuit brands are putting less plastic into international waters.

AOC notes the featured House of Holland x Speedo collab, inspired by a modern nomadic global traveler lifestyle. Drawing creative energy from the surfing beaches of Mexico and California and the traditional textiles of Peru, the House of Holland x Speedo collab collection is also filled with military styling details.

The palette of khaki, navy and black creates a feeling of both protection and empowerment for modern women who continue to struggle with being taken seriously. Acid bright pops of color ground the collection in true House of Holland aesthetic, projecting high energy and kick-ass attitude.

How about the sustainability cred? Recycled fishing nets were used in 80% of the collection. The Mexican Stripe and Tie Dye swimsuits and swim sets are made from 100% recycled fishing nets.

Reality is that fishing nets contribute for more plastic pollution to the world’s oceans than single-use straws. This reality doesn’t diminish the importance of the stop plastic straws campaign. But it does underscore the importance of fishnets in both plastic pollution and harm to ocean-living creatures.

Ocean Cleanup scientists estimate that at least 46 percent of plastic in the “Great Pacific garbage patch” comes from fishing nets. On an aside, discarded fishing gear and related supplies make up the bulk of the remaining plastic pollution in our oceans. Why bring these materials back to shore, when it’s so easy to throw it overboard?

Abandoned fishnets create havoc and life-threatening danger among for ocean creatures. And while there are significantly fewer fish alive and thriving in our oceans, Twice as Many Fishing Vessels are chasing them at sea, according to Smithsonian Magazine.

Supporting the eco-glam looks behind the House of Holland x Speedo collab is relevant to people with style. But talking truth around the entire topic of fishing nets — good and bad — makes one an even better global citizen. Check out World Oceans Day.

Maine Becomes First State To Ban Styrofoam Food Containers In 2021

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Photo by Oliur on Unsplash

New York City’s ban on single-use foam products went into effect January 1, 2019. Banned products include single-service items, including: cups, bowls, plates, takeout containers, trays, packing peanuts, coolers.

The restriction on the sale, possession or use of banned foam products is only for businesses, agencies, institutions, and non-profits outlined in the law. The New York City restriction is not intended for residents.

Several other cities in New York state have joined New York City. Around America, Seattle, WA, Washington DC, Miami Beach, FL, Portland, OR and several other Oregon cities, Minneapolis, MN, Nantucket (city & county), MA, Los Angeles & San Francisco, CA; and in Maine Portland and Freeport.

The Story of Stuff keeps us abreast of the latest developments.

Maine Bans Styrofoam

Maine is now the first state to ban Styrofoam food containers. The bill, signed into law on Tuesday, with an effective date of January 2021 prohibits convenience stores, restaurants, grocery stores, farm stands, and coffee shops from using containers made of polystyrene, which is more commonly referred to as Styrofoam.

“Polystyrene cannot be recycled like a lot of other products, so while that cup of coffee may be finished, the Styrofoam cup it was in is not,” Maine Gov. Janet Mills told CNN affiliate WMTW in a statement. “In fact, it will be around for decades to come and eventually it will break down into particles, polluting our environment, hurting our wildlife, and even detrimentally impacting our economy.”

Foam food containers made of polystyrene are among the 10 most commonly littered items in the US, and more than 256 million pieces of disposable Styrofoam products are used every year in Maine , according to the Natural Resources Council of Maine.

VOX digs deeper into the ban, exploring the complexities of banning the very lightweight Styrofoam. “Trevor Zink, an assistant professor of management at the Institute of Business Ethics and Sustainability at Loyola Marymount University, told Martinelli that polystyrene is so light, it has “lower production and transportation impacts than other products.”

Translated, both transportation costs — and carbon emissions — increase with heavier weight shipping materials.