Sustainability

Sustainability is at the center of ARO. 

ARO is inspired by the beaches and oceans of our world. We must do our part to preserve this world which is why we pride ourselves as being an eco-friendly company. 

We use both dead-stock from other swimwear brands and recycled materials to create fabrics and product packaging.

Our manufacturing team's mission is to find ways to create programs that reduce the waste of our factory is producing, have positive impacts on our environment, educate and provide solutions to our employees to create lifestyles that promote environmental health and sustainability. 

In 2018, our manufacturing partner's mission was to take on the simple task of educating and implementing a recycling program amongst their employees. They enlisted the help of a local NGO, Eco Bali. They provided basic training and education to their employees and proper waste management and recycling within their household and the factory. They extended the program to also help our factory in the reduction and proper recycling of all plastic, glass, paper, and aluminum products, with the distribution of recycling bins located throughout the factory. In a country like Indonesia, this was no small feat. 

Our manufacturing partner saw their employees bringing their own water bottles to work and slowly begin to understand the importance of recycling within their families and villages. Also in 2018, our manufacturing partner saw their first plastic ban in Indonesia, no longer offering plastic bags at the markets and stores and the government's first nationwide education on the importance of reducing-reusing-recycling. 

With our manufacturing partner's team learning and adapting to the reduce-reuse-recyle program, they began to look at the impact of their fabric offcuts ands tarted to address the issue of, where are these bits and pieces going once they are hauled away? The answer was simple, landfills.

This began our manufacturing partner's mission to find a solution to eliminate the disposal of these off-cuts. To go hand in hand with their already existing recycling program, they got creative and enlisted their talented artisans who are experts at crochet and knitting and they started to make yarn from the remaining cuts of fabrics. They made shopping bags to be used in the market sand distributed them to their staff and families, further educating them on the importance of eliminating plastic bags for shopping. Our manufacturing partner's also made and donated hair ties from smaller cuts, and also donated to other local businesses who epicycle them for packaging and bags.

In 2019, our manufacturing partner partnered with a recycled threat company in Jakarta, Indonesia. They take the remaining offcuts and break them down to threat and resin them, selling them to companies to knit new goods and products using recycled yarns. We are happy to announce that as of 2019, there is NO fabric waste that is not up cycled, or recycle that comes from our manufacturing partner's factory! 

ARO Swim has partnered with an incredible packaging company to bring to our customers compostable packaging!  Our compostable packaging is created from a combination of PBAT, a bio based polymer which is compostable, and PLA which is made up of plant materials such as regular field corn and wheat straw. The use of PLA makes up barely 0.05% of the annual global corn crop, making it an incredibly low-impact resource.The compostable mailer composts in 6 months (180 days) and is certified for both home and commercial compost. 

It is ARO's commitment to not only our community but our world and the environment as a whole to continue to expand and explore new and ever changing methods of protecting our earth form the destruction of pollution! 

 For any further questions regarding sustainability please feel free to reach out to contact@aro.shop to answer any questions! 

 

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