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We live in a world of fast fashion, where garments are created quickly and cheaply – often to the detriment both of the people who make them, and the environment. The garment manufacturing industry as a whole leaves a vast footprint, and as the effects of climate change become more and more palpable, we have a duty, both as consumers and manufacturers, to seek out more sustainable solutions.

It is because of this that we are happy to announce that from now on all our digitally printed spandex products are going to be manufactured using eco-spandex. This amazing new fabric is created from 80% post-consumer waste. Many years, and millions of pounds in development, this fabric takes end-of-life fishing nets that would otherwise be sent to landfill, or discarded in the oceans damaging natural habitats, and turns it into fabric. According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), there are currently more than 640,000 tons of abandoned fishing nets in the oceans. The nylon-made nets float in the ocean leading to micro-shredding, and ‘ghost fishing,’ a phenomenon in which animals such as dolphins and turtles get caught in the finishing nets as they drift. These polluting nets are collected and made into a delicate nylon yarn. This yarn is then intricately knitted into to create the eco-spandex, a luxurious fabric that is soft, stretchy and durable. The wonderful thing about this regeneration process is that it is infinite. At the end of a garments life it can again be re-cycled and re-regenerated, enabling savings to our natural resources as no new polyamide fabrics are needed to create it.

This innovative fabric is produced close-to-home in Italy, and digitally printed within the UK. This is the most environmentally friendly method of printing, as no water is needed and minimal waste is produced.

Once the fabric reaches our UK studio all garments are created in-house, by our talented team of designers. We make items to-order so that we can minimise textile waste and ensure quality. All our scraps and off-cuts are collected for re-use and recycling. Larger scraps are given to local primary schools for use in craft projects. Smaller scraps are used for stuffing.

As a fashion manufacturer in a world of fast fashion, we believe in doing things differently. As new technology allows us to lessen our impact on our natural environments, we will embrace it at every turn. We will push for a more sustainable fashion world, and we will never sacrifice our ethics for the sake of profit.

If you have any further questions about our manufacturing process, or the ethics of BangBangCrash, please get in touch here or email hello@bangbangcrash.com