GIRL POWER SWIM
We've all got Super Powers -
Ours is Transformation and Sustainability
At Girl Power Swim (GPS), sustainability is core to our belief system and ingrained in every aspect of the product and business operations. Merely producing a product from recycled materials is not enough - it must also be produced using fair and ethical labor practices and made in such a way that you get more use and function from the product its self. Let’s face it, if we really want to help the planet we should consume less. GPS’s multi-functional suits are designed so that only one suit is needed, eliminating the need for multiple suits.
Girl Power Swim proudly uses Repreve® recycled fibers, where each yard is the equivalent of 18 recycled plastic water bottles. GPS uses sublimation printing (heat transfer) for its prints. When compared to vat dyeing or screen printing, sublimation uses significantly less water and energy. GPS strives to not add any plastic components to its suits, and instead uses natural materials such as coconut shells and wood.
GPS is made locally in San Francisco, California via a women-owned manufacturer that pays fair, living wages. The factory is visited regularly by the founder to ensure both quality of product and fair treatment of workers.
Transportation and Energy
GPS is a fierce advocate of electric vehicles and all local business trips are driven via 100% zero emission vehicles. Vehicles and local business operations are powered by the local utilities' Super Green Energy program which consists of 50% wind and 50% solar energy.
GPS only uses recycled materials for packaging and tries to use the least amount of materials possible for packing. Nothing upsets GPS more than seeing excess packaging and boxes shipped inside of boxes.
Supporting Women Owned Businesses
GPS believes in supporting fellow female entrepreneurs. Whenever possible, GPS engages and contracts with women owned businesses. Today, roughly 80% of suppliers are women owned.
GPS’s multi-functional suits are designed so that only one suit is needed, eliminating the need for multiple suits.
GPS Road Map / North Star
GPS believes in a cradle to cradle philosophy and dreams of a future where at the end of life apparel can be fully recycled. Ideally it would be placed in the local recycle bin but we are not there yet. This is on the GPS roadmap and something to aspire to. This will take a village; industry collaboration welcome.