"My collections are created for women who care about their clothes, where they come from and their afterlife."
Talia Collins, a former Vogue Paris stylist, launched her eponymous brand in 2018 combining her love of fashion with her concern for the marine environment. Talia, grew up spending her summers in Brittany and the South of France, where days spent swimming and walking the coastlines fostered a respect for the ocean and an understanding of the need to protect it. Talia took this ethos into her fashion career and when she decided to launch a brand, she knew it needed to be sustainable.
"Every brand today should think about how to be more conscious and responsible. I really wanted to raise the consumer’s awareness to the fact that fashion today, is the world’s second-largest polluting industry. We should be thinking about giving fabrics and industry by-products a new life, which is why my collection is created for women who care about their clothes, where they come from and their afterlife."
Talia Collins’ sustainability initiative is practiced throughout the entirety of the business. When sourcing for new fabrics or packaging we always prioritise natural or recycled materials. The timeless and personalisable designs are consciously created using ECONYL®, a yarn consisting of 100% regenerated nylon fiber crafted from abandoned fishing nets and other discarded plastics. Each luxurious piece includes sun protection and is OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certified.
Talia Collins donates 1% of each sale to The Healthy Seas Initiative, an international non-governmental organisation, to support their work in clearing the oceans of abandoned nets and other discarded plastics. These “ghost” fishing nets are incredibly harmful, polluting our oceans with plastic, as well as killing thousands of marine animals every year.
In 2019 alone, Healthy Seas divers and fishermen collected a total of 57,200 kg of abandoned fishing nets.
This discarded plastic waste, otherwise destined for landfill and harming our marine ecosystems, is collected and transformed into a new polymer and then into a brand new yarn used for the creation of the label’s luxurious swimwear collection.
To help us achieve our sustainability goals, we are now also proud to partner with Greenr to help us reduce our carbon footprint as much as we can.
Greenr is a social enterprise that uses technology to connect you, the consumer, to carbon offsetting programs in a transparent way. Their carbon experts have sourced some of the leading carbon removal projects in the world, all of which are of the highest carbon standard with certifications under the Gold Standard, Verified Carbon Standard, the Woodland Carbon Code and CCB Standard.
Once you reach check out, you will have the opportunity to offsett the emissions of your order, ensuring that your carbon footprint is offset via one of their reforestation, bore hole or fuel efficient stove projects, the full details of which can be found on their website here.
We aim to minimize waste by using offcuts of fabric during production to create a diverse selection of hair accessories. These can also be personalisable with a monogram embroidery to make the perfect gift.
In 2019, we began using compostable and biodegradable bio plastic poly bags made from natural resources such as corn and potato starch. Trade regulations require that all items sent from our factory to our distributors must be individually packed in a bag. This is why choosing the right compostable bag was a huge priority for us to minimise the negative impacts on plastic waste. Our compostable bags are in accordance with standard EN 13432, designed to disintegrate in industrial or home compost units in less than 90 days, much faster than standard plastic which takes hundreds of years to decompose.
We also use recycled paper card for our swing tags as well as having office stationery sourced from Eco Craft. Our hang tangs are made out of recycled card, sourced from Milkweed and our hang tag strings are made out of jute.
Our founder Talia makes regular visits to our factory in Portugal to ensure the ladies producing our swimwear are working in safe conditions and treated respectfully. We have grown to love our skilled factory workers and consider them part of the Talia Collins team.
WASH LESS, WEAR MORE.
We recommend waiting to clean your swimsuit until it’s absolutely necessary. However do rinse your swimwear in cold water after every swim to rinse out any chlorine or salt water. When it’s time to dry clean choose a certified environmentally friendly dry cleaner that doesn’t use harmful chemicals like “perc”, perchloroethylene.