Organic cotton is better for the producers and the ecosystem in which it is produced. Instead of more toxic pesticides and fertilisers, co planting and insect traps are used along with the special ingredient - cow poo. It encourages biodiversity and leads to the extra soft feel of our products.
Wastewater from dyehouse effluent is a major source of pollution in the clothing industry. Our products are dyed in a recirculation system where waste water is settled, filtered and then cleaned to be used again. After settling and skimming the water is filtered in the most active part of the process, reverse osmosis. This is basically sucking up water through really fine sand over and over.
At the end, the water coming out of the filters is crystal clear - and rather than be poured away, it is then used at the input for the next batch. It is a closed loop.
Our supplier sent us our t-shirts plastic free and we send them out to you plastic-free. There are none of those plastic label tabs on your t-shirt, in fact, there is no plastic to be seen anywhere.
Wash Cool, Hang dry.
Lots of work has already gone in to engineering better solutions to improve longevity and lower the impact across the supply chain, but the life cycle is only really getting started.
About 70% of the carbon emissions from a t-shirt happen during the in-use phase, which to us non-scientists means washing and drying.
That's why we ask our customers to wash cool and hang dry. You don't have to, but it makes a surprisingly large difference when you study the whole life cycle
99% of textiles products end up in landfill. Making products that last a long time, maybe even a life time, is important to us. But we still ask what happens after that? Making things that are lower impact slows waste and it's consequences down, but it doesn't change the system.
If we could make new products from old products, there would be no waste.
This idea is called a circular economy, and we're working on new fibres made from our old t-shirts. You can send your old Girls that Scuba t-shirts backtorapanui.com and they will exchange the material for store credit.
Less than 1% of clothing is recycled
Send old and unused clothing backtorapanui.com
All sales from the Girls that Scuba store go straight back into the business to help develop the GTS community and encourage more women into scuba diving. We are a small business only 3 years old and the little amount of money that is made is used to spread the word about women in diving. We truly appreciate your support and we are dedicated to making scuba diving a more equal sport.