Amoena: the Environment at a Glance
Environmental protection is a central topic at Amoena. Product manager Melanie Zimmer not only develops the most varied breast care textiles, but also decides which materials are used specifically for which product. In the interview, she explains the natural benefits of the materials and what they can do for the wearers.
Why are sustainable and environmentally friendly materials used for Amoena products?
When developing our collections, not only do we want to meet the highest functional and quality standards, but we also place particular emphasis on sustainable and environmentally friendly yarns when selecting materials. To this end, we always keep an eye on the biological production of cotton, reduction of water consumption and recycling of materials such as nylon.
After all, we want to make a contribution towards protecting the environment while meeting our high standards for functionality and comfort at the same time.
What benefits do environmentally friendly materials such as organic cotton, bamboo and Econyl® offer women?
Women who opt for environmentally friendly materials opt for a conscious lifestyle and contribute to more sustainability in their wardrobe. At the same time, you can look forward to an unbelievable level of comfort, because natural materials such as organic cotton, bamboo, etc. score particularly highly when it comes to breathability.
If we look at organic cotton, why was this material used for Becky Soft Cup Bra or Lara Cotton Soft Cup Bra?
Organic cotton is a legally protected term and guarantees that the cotton has been grown under the applicable organic standards. This means that neither pesticides nor chemical fertilisers can be used for cultivation. It not only protects the environment, but is also particularly suitable for sensitive skin. Organic cotton also impresses with the level of comfort it offers: the material, cultivated to conserve resources, is soft, breathable and lasts for a very long time. It is especially skin friendly and therefore also suitable for allergy sufferers. This means that women can enjoy a very pleasant wearing sensation on their skin. In addition to organic cotton, the range also includes fabrics made from bamboo.
Why does Amoena use this sustainable variant for Clara Soft Cup Bra?
Bamboo is considered one of the fastest (re)growing plants in the world. It produces a lot of oxygen and stores large amounts of CO2. In addition, bamboo also has outstanding fabric attributes. It is ideal for sensitive skin, as it is an especially soft material with a pleasant feel. It has good breathability and moisture absorption. This means that the Clara Soft Cup Bra is quick drying and leaves a pleasant feeling on your skin. After all, comfort is our focus.
In addition to natural materials, recycled yarns such as Econyl® are also used.
What are the advantages in relation to this when it comes to the Rome One-Piece swimsuit?
ECONYL® is an 100% recycled nylon fibre, which is obtained from fisherman’s nets, among other things, and represents a sustainable alternative to conventional nylon. It has the potential to be recycled endlessly without losing its quality. ECONYL® is therefore a solution to nylon waste, which is also better for climate change and for our marine animals at the same time.
In addition to the environmental aspect, the focus at Amoena is on women and they’ll be able to enjoy an array of benefits with this high-quality yarn. For example, the Rome OP swimsuit offers excellent UV protection, which is extremely important for scars. In addition, the material is protected from chlorine, pilling and sunscreen and offers tear resistance.
What makes a swimsuit particularly pleasant is drying quickly – which is what ECONYL® offers.
If you want to enjoy your swimwear for a particularly long time, which also contributes to sustainability, you need to look after it properly. It’s best to wash it by hand with a mild detergent directly after sunbathing. So the chances of chlorine or salt water damaging it are minimal. Then place the swimsuit flat on the laundry stand and leave it to air dry. Never throw the swimsuit into the dryer, iron it or use bleach.
Why is environmental protection also so important for the “Amoena System Solution”?
As the leading manufacturer in breast care, we have a special responsibility to make sure that we look after our environment. Acting sustainably not only ensures the continued existence of our company, it is also a fundamental part of our values. By acting sustainably, we not only have holistic environmental protection in mind, but we also ensure the quality of our products and processes, which is essential.
At Amoena, women come first – this is firmly anchored in our values. We are here, listening and supporting women with breast cancer on their entire journey to a life full of self-confidence. In this way, we are a loyal companion for life. We are absolutely aware of our commitment to women and the environment.
No agrochemical products such as artificial fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides or fungicides are used in the cultivation of organic cotton. This usually results in a lower harvest yield, but the cultivation method has clear advantages such as environmental protection and fewer health risks for the plantation workers.
Bamboo is a fast-growing raw material that is used as a source of fibre for the manufacture of food, building materials, consumer goods and musical instruments. It is normally grown on plantations without the use of pesticides. Bamboo fibres come from the stem of the plant.
To make the products, fishing nets from aquaculture and what are known as ghost nets, i.e. nets disposed of in the sea, are recycled, among other things. The fibre is identical to standard nylon, but can be recycled and reused again and again to produce new products in a way that’s resource-friendly.