Sustainability & COEGA Sunwear
How COEGA Sunwear seeks a harmonious relationship between nature, our oceans & humans
COEGA believes our oceans & world have reached a critical tipping point. Without commitments to defend our seas, clean water & air, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions & acting in sustainable ways wherever we can, humankind has the potential to destroy our planet’s ability to repair itself.
At COEGA, preservation & protection of our environment is central to why we're in business and part of our everyday work. We support an apparel & footwear industry that produces no unnecessary environmental harm & has a positive impact on the people & communities associated with our activities.
Here’s what we're doing to ensure our products, processes & services help ensure a brighter future for waters, lands & air we all share;
FABRICS THAT MAKE A SUSTAINABLE DIFFERENCE
A portion of COEGA garments are made from sustainable techno-fabrics, using regenerated yarn from used fishing nets & other materials, as we aim towards reducing waste & improving our oceans. As well as being a solution on waste, the regenerated (upcyled) nylon is also better when it comes to climate change.
You can see examples of Ladies garments we produce with these fabrics, here
How is upcycling different from recycling? Upcycling is a very specific form of recycling that turns waste into a material or product of a higher quality.
Both recycling & upcycling reduce waste in landfills around the world. Also, both activities reduce the need for the production of new materials, which means less pollution & carbon emissions from manufacturers.
Using sustainable techno-fabrics, including VITA fabric from Italian fabric manufacturer Carvico, COEGA is helping turn previously unwanted source materials into new fashion.
You can see examples of Kids garments we produce with these fabrics, here
COEGA receives most of the fabric we use in bulk, as a neutral fabric delivered on large rolls by efficient ocean transport. Then, we apply bright printing designs to the fabrics locally in Dubai using advanced, small-run printing methods. In this way we reduce the need for air transport, in favor of more efficient ocean transport.
MICROPLASTICS AND THE OCEAN
Swimwear (even sustainable swimwear made of recycled fabric). when washed in the washing machine, will shed micro-plastic fibers into the waterways and the oceans. As a commitment to reduce this environmental impact of our industry, we recommend using either the Cora Ball or the Guppy Bag in your wash.
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MARINE CONSERVATION - AZRAQ
As a company, we firmly believe in supporting local and are pleased to partner with AZRAQ, a registered UAE not-for-profit organization focused on marine conservation founded by Ms. Natalie Banks.
In Arabic, Azraq means "blue." Azraq aims to educate, motivate and activate the local community in order to become positive change makers for the benefit of the local and international waterways.
You can find out more here: https://azraqme.org
We have committed to also sponsor an event that Azraq will host, which is bound to provide further education about the impacts on the ocean, in order to further generate positive changes in behavior.
- We support the Surfrider Foundation, by giving a portion of revenues annually to this important, non-profit organization dedicated to protecting beaches & oceans around the world.
- A sustainable business isn't just associated with geography, science & environment; our relationship with fellow humans must be sustainable, too. We give back to our community, in the Middle-East & beyond (details below)
REPAIR & RE-USE
We encourage repair & re-use of our garments. One of our most successful community initiatives is the ‘Drop Your Shorts For Good’ campaign. This charitable endeavor aims to distribute gently used or new swim wear to local low-income workers across Dubai.
You can see examples of Mens garments we produce, here