SUSTAINABILITY

Castaways Life is created for a greener future... from manufacturing to shipping.

Materials & Fabrics

We have taken a slow and sustainable approach to our products, they are ethically handmade with 100% recycled materials and organic fast growing plants. 

Coconut : natural material grown with no pesticides or herbicides and harvested by hand. Being a short-lived tropical species, especially if compared with some rainforest hardwood trees, logging has a lesser ecological cost. Heavily reduces waste as it s strong and durable. 

Bamboo  fast-growing grass, it requires no fertiliser and self-regenerates from its own roots. Requires minimal water, absorbs five times more carbon dioxide and produces 35% more oxygen than any similar group of trees.

Organic cotton It is grown from seeds that have not been genetically modified and without the use of pesticide, insecticide or fertilizer. Organic farming practices avoid using harmful chemicals while aiming for environmental sustainability and the use of fewer resources.

Linen : natural fiber. To grow the plant requires minimal water and energy, no pesticides, insecticides and fertilizers. It can grow in poor soil condition and most importantly has a high rate of carbon absorption. 

Repreve : certified performance fiber made from recycled materials (including plastic bottles). High quality. Sustainable. Certified. Recycled.

Econyl : created in Italy. Uses synthetic waste such as industrial plastic, waste fabric, and fishing nets from oceans, then recycles and regenerates them into a new nylon yarn that is exactly the same quality as virgin. Waste, otherwise polluting the Earth, is transformed into ECONYL® regenerated nylon. It's exactly the same as brand new nylon and can be recycled.

Organic Hemp : Growing without the need for pesticides and herbicides whilst yielding large amounts of fibre. Hemp matures in as little as 100 days,  making it exceptionally renewable. It can trap 230% more carbon per year than fast-growing Eucalypt trees. And when the hemp is turned into products that permanently lock up the carbon such as hempcrete and other building materials, it becomes an incredibly efficient 100% natural carbon capture system. Carbon positive. Fast growing. Renewable.

 

Carbon neutral parcel delivery

Clothing is responsible for 3% to 6.7% of global human-caused carbon emissions. This is not only from the production of the fabric, but also the care that follows your purchase. 

The process of delivering a parcel emits carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, which is shown  to harm our environment.   
  
To ensure our delivery is carbon neutral we:  

  • reduce emissions from our operation where possible
  • compensate for the remaining emissions by investing in carbon offset projects 

 

Profits donated to conservation projects

- beach clean ups

- education projects

- coral restoration

- tree plantings

 

Guide to the Most & Least Sustainable fabrics

Least Sustainable

1) Polyester. A variety of products can be made from forms of polyester: t-shirts, blankets, rope, conveyor belts, and bottle

2) Acrylic

3) Cotton (Conventional) 

4) Rayon (aka Viscose) 

5) Nylon

Most Sustainable

1) Organic or Recycled Cotton

2) Organic Hemp

3) Organic Linen

4) Repreve and Recycled Polyester

5) Econyl

6) Bamboo