About Marda Swimwear

A revolutionary swimwear line coming out of Denmark, MARDA is bringing sustainability to the game by crafting shorts from an advanced Japanese-sourced fabric, made from recycled plastic bottles. This modern men’s swimwear brand is focused on creating a better world by using the plastic from our oceans to make soft, stylish swim shorts that are made to last.

 

Their philosophy finds the harmony between old and new, between plastic and design, to create highly sustainable swim trunks brought to life with advances in fabric technology. If you buy a MARDA product, you will join a lifestyle that cares about our future! Every production step - from sourcing 100% recycled materials to the design aesthetic, right through to fabric innovation - is enriched by their profound love for the Earth.

Brand Ethos

MARDA’s driving force is to design swimwear for men with a highly green focus! By unifying exclusive forward design and modern Japanese fabric technology, the brand contributes to a more sustainable world by using recycled materials and teaming up with 3rd party NGOs.

The comarché framework

Product lifecycle

Brand sustainability

Sustainability sits at the foundation of everything MARDA creates. Their highly green vision means that every single part of their sustainable swimwear, from the fabrics used right down to the packaging, is made entirely from recycled materials.

 

For each pair of MARDA men’s swim trunks made, 7 plastic bottles are taken from our oceans and repurposed to create high-performance long-lasting materials. This waste is chopped, ground, washed, melted and reformulated into a high-quality chip that is used to form the fibre. Through spinning and air-jet texturing the fibre is then formed into yarn. This rPET yarn is rigorously checked for its quality, and then custom made into highly technical Japanese fabric that is crisp, light, soft, and 100% waterproof. This entire process uses 70% less energy and leads to a reduction of 54% of CO2. Their rPET yarn also requires a staggering 94% less water than all other oil-based PET fibres.

 

Not only is their identity based on environmentally friendly, but MARDA also cares about the people behind this creative process. Teaming up with textile manufacturers who are ethically certified and hold extremely strict requirements allows them to remain at the forefront of fabric technology. To help our ecosystems even further and ensure the health of future generations, MARDA has partnered with The Ocean Cleanup - a non-profit organization designing and developing advanced technologies to rid the oceans of plastic. MARDA donates a percentage of each sale to The Ocean Cleanup, thus contributing towards a future where plastic no longer pollutes our oceans.

The Comarché Notes

Not only does MARDA create men's swimwear that combine comfort, style and durability, but through their use of recycled fabrics, the brand tackles fundamental functions: they regenerate non-biodegradable materials, clean up the environment, and reduce pressure on the world's virgin resources. Talk about a quadruplet threat!

Sustainable highlights on brand level

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Product Lifecycle

Design

The Design Phase is a crucial part of determining a product’s sustainable capabilities. We’ve chosen to highlight a few genius steps that enable a sustainable product right from the beginning.

    Material & Material Extraction

    The materials used for a certain product and how these materials come to life are of crucial importance to the sustainable capabilities we seek in products.

      Transportation of Materials

      This step relates to the transportation of the raw materials from when they are first obtained (harvested etc.) to the production site. Obviously, the closer to the production site, the better.

        Production

        Obviously, the production of a certain product has an impact on the overall level of sustainability. Luckily, many manufacturers have now taken steps towards more sustainable production methods.

          Packaging

          How a brand chooses to package its products will have a significant influence of the carbon impact from packaging and transportation.

            Distribution

            This step relates to the distribution of products when they have been produced. Obviously, the closer to the brand’s warehouse, the better.

              Usage

              How you choose to use and take care of a product has a bigger impact than you think. Just think about how much longer a shirt lasts if it has been washed in the right way.

                End of life

                At this step, there is no way out and we have to find some way of discarding our product. How we discard a product will significantly influence the opportunity of reusing materials used.

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