Prints For A Recycled Bottle Swimwear Line
Paige Bolahood is owner and founder of Bare Beach, a swimwear company passionate about getting rid of one-time-use plastics. Their swimsuits are made from “Repreve” - recycled polyester derived from plastic bottles. The products are entirely produced (including the bottle recycling) in North America. I was keen to hear from Paige about working with this exclusive fabric, the pros and cons of the printing process, and the highs and lows of her business so far.
In the interview we cover:
- The inspiration behind the brand.
- How Paige came to work with Repreve, whose fabrics are now very difficult to get hold of!
- How to become certified by Peta.
- How Paige prints her bright prints onto the synthetic Reprive fabric.
- The benefits of the printing process she chose, and tips on the business mistakes she made when ordering them.
- Aligning their brand with Miss Earth.
- The current struggles of their business.
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Interview with Juta Shoeswith Joanna Hamer
We couldn't be more thrilled that the brilliant Joanna Hamer, co-founder and co-director of Juta Shoes joined us for our London Networking Event. Juta Shoes is a social enterprise based in East London that supports, trains and employs women who face barriers to work, to make their bespoke reclaimed leather espadrilles and teach their sustainable crafts workshops. You may remember Juta Shoes as we mentioned them in our Masterclass Branding a Sustainable Business, as an exemplary ethical business with a social mission. Juta Shoes is also a brilliant example of how manufacturing on a smaller scale can have a huge impact. Joanna was a 2016 Year Here fellow, and we're delighted to share some of her invaluable insight and gems of advice.