isola di plastica nell'oceano

There is an island of plastic in the Ocean: defeat it with Zummy!

by Zummy Team

The island of plastic waste in the middle of the Pacific is a horror that has disastrous consequences for everyone: Zummy does its part by protecting nature in every one of its choices. And you, what can you do? Always look at the labels, wash less and enjoy the sea with pashmina-sarong Symphy!

The island that (unfortunately) exists: it’s made up of plastic and it’s worrying

Between the 135th and 155th west meridian and the 35th and 42nd north parallel there is an immense island. It emerges from the middle of the Pacific Ocean, where the waters should be uncontaminated and crystalline. We underline the fact that they should be, but the truth is that this island is an enormous accumulation of floating waste, made up of plastic. Just think that even though it was discovered in 1997 by the navy captain and oceanographer Charles Moore, today there aren’t any precise estimates regarding its dimensions: its extension fluctuates from 700 thousand up to and over 10 million square kilometers. An island as big as the Iberian Peninsula! However absurd and terrible. 

It formed thanks to the convergence of plastic waste that comes from all over the world that has been pushed into that one part of the Ocean by circular currents. It is thought that there are about 4 million tons of plastic waste (consider the fact that every year in the world 335 million tons of plastic waste is produced, 80% of which is estimated to end up in a junkyard or in the environment), but the scientists are sure that there is actually even more waste that we don’t know of. With the passing of time bottles, etc. became a sort of broth, an unsettling soup made up of fragments of plastic so small that they end up in the stomachs of fish, moving up from one ring to the other in the alimentary chain, all the way to us. 

The devastating consequences of plastic in the sea

These particles similar to plancton are ingested by a lot of marine fauna, from this point forward plastic is introduced into the alimentary chain. Furthermore, they are the cause of death of many species due to suffocation: the loggerhead turtle, greedy for jellyfish, often mistakes plastic bags for its favorite food. The albatross thinks that balls of plastic are fish eggs, feeding its chicks this garbage that leads to their death. Not to mention the seals and other mammals, that get caught in plastic fishing nets abandoned in the sea… and if that wasn’t enough, the microplastics that don’t give the light of the sun a chance to reach the plancton and the seaweed, causing devastating consequences. 

Other islands of plastic exist where experts are trying to do a map layout of the Pacific, the Atlantic, the sea of Barents… do you think they are too far? You think it doesn’t interest us, don’t you? Are you sure? Do you not eat fish? Do you not eat vegetables and fruit that comes from cultivations that are irrigated with the use of water, just to give you an example? Get this: according to a study done by the Australian university of Newcastle commissioned by the WWF, water is the main source of micro plastics for living organisms and humanity, each day, we consume 5 grams of it, the equivalent of a credit card a week. Did you know that you eat at least 4 credit cards a month?


What has fashion got to do with oceans?

This is just a glimpse of the horrible panorama that every one of us has helped to create. That fashion itself has helped to create. If you are asking yourself what fashion has to do with the oceans, it’s easy: trusting a production chain fragmented and not transparent, often deployed in areas of the world where the labour is low cost, with subcontracted orders and unsupervised manufacturing for the protection of anything environmental and social, it means letting a sick and unsettling system carry on surviving and being financed.

This is why ZUMMY’s love for nature is part of its DNA and also why it protects the environment, keeping all its inhabitants at the center of every choice of action made. It chose underwater creatures as the protagonists of its collections and it has decided to print them out on articles of clothing that are rigorously eco sustainable, made from organic cotton, TENCEL™ Lyocell and recycled polyester. It only uses certified materials. For its processing, it prefers local traditional companies of very small dimensions (except for the only case where the products are certified by Fair-trade, that come from a foreign reality). It asks many questions to its suppliers in order to guarantee an authentic eco sustainable fashion. 


Here is what you can do!

If it seems impossible to get rid of this mass of rubbish, there are various international organizations that are doing their utmost in order to prevent its growth and to sensitize the public opinion (in our country you can find useful news on the following websites… PlasticfreeonlusGreenpeaceWWFCorepla: don’t ever stop staying up to date with the latest news!). Everyone agrees on the fact that limiting or eliminating the use of plastic from our everyday lives (and from our wardrobe!), will be the best way to clean the Great Pacific Garbage patch and our seas. 

ZUMMY does its part and it always will. How about you, what can you do? First of all, pay attention to the materials: always check the labels and, among the synthetics, opt for a recyclable polyester. Remember that clothing of this type releases microfibers of plastic in the water, every time they get washed that break up and end up in the aquifers; here they wait to be consumed (it takes about 500 years…). So… wash less! You know, often all you need to do is air your clothes out and wash them by hand to allow them to go back to their fresh and clean condition. 

Do not use the tumble dryer that causes the fibers to break up and, for the same reason, do a delicate wash at 30° C, not on a high heat. Make sure you only use rapid washes on a short spin. Then, only use detergents that do not contain liquid polymer and abrasive minerals (that produce friction and break up fibers, causing them to end up in the sea) and, obviously, buy less and better, always opting for quality and remembering that with every buy you are the one who decided, in first person, the future of the seas! 

The sea protects itself… by choosing the right sarong!

In order to fully enjoy you holiday at the sea, ZUMMY has an incredible opportunity it would like to offer you: the pashmina-sarong Symphy, that not only captivates you because of its bright colours, it is also the quintessence of versatility and sustainability. This chic summer passepartout is finished by local dressmakers and is made of TENCEL™ Lyocell, a fiber from responsibly managed eucalyptus forests. 

TENCEL™ Lyocell is as light as silk, extraordinary for its softness and the way it renders colours. It’s breathable, thermoregulatory, anti-bacterial and hypoallergenic. And it knows how to convey ZUMMY’s fantasy, obtained using sustainable inks covered by numerous certifications safeguarding workers, consumers and the environment. Every pashmina is unique and each one is different from the other, because all of our garments here at ZUMMY are sewn one by ones our production is not industrialized. 

And its dimensions? They are also extraordinary: 205×140 cm of lightness and energy, studied purposely to surround every silhouette with elegance and that can be used in multiple ways. You can wear it as a sarong and as a beach robe, drape it over shorts or show it off as a maxi stole as evening wear for a candle lit dinner (maybe even on a breathtaking island!), leaving it to wrap around your shoulders in a soft embrace. Always use it, for any occasion, anytime of the day, because pashmina Symphy not only gives a chromotherapeutic boost to your look, it also declares its love for the Planet.

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