We are now accepting worn down and broken swimwear from any brand (yes any!) which you would have otherwise thrown out. Read on to find out why, and a special thank you from us for doing so.

Did you know...?  

  • 350,000 tonnes, which is an estimated £140 million worth of used but still wearable clothing goes to landfill in the UK every year.

  • One study found the average Briton throws away about 3.1kg of textiles every year. With only 0.3kg of that being recycled and 0.4 kg sent to be reused.

  • The textiles that do end up in landfills can sit there for up to 200 years, and whilst decomposing, it emits methane - a greenhouse gas which is 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

  • By doubling the life of your clothing from just one to two years, we can help reduce emissions from clothing production and disposal by as much as 24%.


What we’re doing to help

We all need to do our bit for the planet, and as a growing sustainable brand, we know we have the power to do more. That’s why, we will be accepting worn down and broken swimwear from any brand (yes any!) which you would have otherwise thrown out. And we alongside our factory will be sending them on to our recycling partner, to be recycled and repurposed into eco industrial products such as eco-carpet underlay. The idea is to keep precious materials that are no longer usable out of landfills and back in textile circulation.

Because together, we can make a bigger impact.

Recyling sign on top of ocean

How to recycle your old swimwear

  1. Make sure your broken/worn down swimwear is clean

  2. Remove all metal and any other attachments from your swimwear (including zips, underwire, clips, buckles, etc)

  3. Package your swimwear and use delivery address: 

    Stay Wild Swimwear Recycling

    The Carrier Group

    Westacott Road


    EX32 8AW

    United Kingdom 

  4. Send off your swimwear

  5. DM us a picture of your receipt of postage on our Instagram, and we will give you a 10% of code to use on your next Stay Wild order as a little thank you 


The bigger picture and long term goal

This is just one step in the bigger picture. As this is more than one brand's ethos - this is about the planet and our oceans. We know this is not enough, but it’s a step in the right direction. Our long term goal is to eventually be fully circular, so in many years down the line you can send in your old Stay Wild pieces, once they’ve worn down, and we will be able to use this same material to create new Stay Wild designs. We are always making what we do better and more sustainable, as this is a journey and we are constantly evolving. 

Read our blog posts for more ways to recycle correctly, look after your clothes, sustainable swaps and more.

Why just swimwear?

We have a small London based factory so we need to limit capacity for now. But as we look to grow, we are aiming to launch this project long term next year.