Climate friendly essentials
Pond Copenhagen is committed to producing functional and environmentally responsible essentials for activities in and out of water.
We take our responsibilities very seriously but acknowledge that being 100% sustainable is almost impossible. We continuously work to lower our overall carbon footprint at every stage of sourcing, production and delivery.
Over-consumption and waste are the biggest threats to our oceans and rivers. That is why we aim to design swimwear and other essentials that last you more than a season. Please take good care of your Pond Copenhagen essentials to keep them going for as long as possible.
We save 45% CO2
Pond1 swim briefs are made from Q-NOVA® regenerated nylon 6.6 fibres, containing at least 50% pre-used waste such as leftover scraps from virgin nylon production. Producing Q-NOVA® fibres requires 45% fewer carbon emissions and 39% less water than virgin nylon fibres. Q-NOVA® fibres have any nylon's lowest environmental impact, certified by European LCA ISO 14040 and ISO 14044, EU Ecolabel and Global Recycling Standard.
The Q-NOVA® fibres are knit with regular elastane fibres and dyed without using toxins by our Spanish fabric manufacturer. The final fabric holds OEKO-TEX 100 and Global Recycling Standard certifications.
Small batches, made in Europe
Our collection is entirely made in Europe at a factory specialising in swimwear. We minimise over-production by sticking to small quantities that we know we can sell, thereby keeping our carbon footprint as low as possible. Our factory is BSCI certified and has a human rights policy that promotes socially responsible work practices.
Plastic in clothes packaging is bad for the environment, so we simply don't use it. Instead, we use 100% recycled paper boxes and envelopes. Our printing is non-toxic and does not hinder the recycling of the packaging materials. Please make sure you recycle all the packaging properly. That is on you.
We're not perfect, but we're working on it…
Currently, not all materials in our collection are from recycled materials. Instead, we have chosen durable, high-quality materials that will make your swimwear last longer. In the meantime, we keep looking for more eco-friendly alternatives.
Unfortunately, the recycling of mixed fabrics is not possible on a large scale yet. We follow developments closely and support any research and initiatives that might lead to a solution. Until that happens, please keep and use your swim briefs for an extra season or donate them to a local charity (in the improbable event of you actually wanting to part with a pair of Pond1s).
We donate to clean harbours
Clean ponds, harbours and oceans are not only essential for safe swimming. They are simply the foundation for the planet's health. Plastic waste is a huge problem, and only a very few harbours are clean enough for public bathing these days.
Inspired by the Patagonia-backed NGO '1% for the Planet', we donate at least 1% of our annual sales to fund such projects as harbour cleaning, marine life preservation and local water activities.
Each year we involve the Pond Copenhagen community in deciding where we throw our coins, so join our newsletter and have your say in who gets the donations. Let's all save the ponds!