Gold Coast-based surf and apparel brand Maksha is manufacturing an eco-friendly apparel range by using fabric generated from ocean waste, including plastic bottles and fishing nets as well as carpet from landfill.
The online business produces sportswear for in and out of the water using ECONYL® regenerated nylon, a product made from waste fabrics such as carpet dumped in landfills and fishing nets removed from oceans.
Once recycled, the regenerated yarn is used in the fashion and sports apparel industries by global brands from Stella McCartney, Gucci and Prada to Adidas and Speedo. It’s also used for car interiors by BMW and Mercedes Benz.
Maksha founder and owner, Rosie Centeno, said she started the sustainable surfwear company 12 months ago and in this time has seen the positive effects of supporting sustainable production.
“We still need to do a lot of work, but I know people on the Gold Coast are very conscious of taking care of the planet, buying locally and having the Gold Coast lifestyle helps. We are very aware of fitness, being healthy and looking after our oceans and where we live,” Centeno said.
“But we are all learning, and we are trying to do things better. We can always do more.”
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