“While sustainability is already intrinsic to the Lee Mathews DNA, this season will be our most sustainable collection to date,” Lee Mathews told Vogue Australia, noting that the label is conscious of carbon dioxide emissions, water and waste reduction in fabric manufacturing and dying and is focusing on natural, biodegradable textiles like silks, organic cottons and linens and aiming to bring more manufacturing back into Australia.

The swimwear is constructed from EcoNyl, “a fabric made entirely from waste nylon and recovered fishing nets… it can be repeated infinitely, creating a closed-loop system for regenerated nylon.”

Mathews sums it up best in what should be more people’s approach: “We are not perfect,” she says, but it’s the steps towards more mindful consumption that should be lauded. “But we are refining our design and manufacturing practices to create our most beautiful, timeless and environmentally conscious collection to date.”

Melissa Reid

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