Sustainability & Values

Zulu & Zephyr began its journey in the Summer of 2012.

Founders Candice and Karla Rose set out to revive and relive their mother’s Australian fashion era in the 1970’s. The design brief was to evoke nostalgia with vintage prints and a focus on texture. As the success of the brand has grown, so too has the social responsibility which has led to the shift of our internal processes and priorities for the better.

In 2022 Zulu & Zephyr is committed to being the best brand it can be for our team, our extended workers, associated suppliers and our customers.

It is our utmost goal to achieve prosperity for all those associated with Zulu & Zephyr.  We commit to providing our wider team with opportunities to succeed and have a positive impact. Our collective priority is harmony for the human race and to contribute to the protection of our planet through lower impact clothing production.

Approaching ten years as one of Australia’s most loved lifestyle brands, Zulu & Zephyr is focused on moving forward with sustainability at the helm. While we recognise that we are not perfect, we are committed to navigate the complexities of a multifaceted industry with a considered and conscious approach. Celebrating our achievements to date while highlighting the areas of improvement so we can make the most impact, for the health of the people and planet that we cherish. 

Join us as we make an impact and help you make one too, for a more sustainable future.

 

SUSTAINABILITY NEWSLETTER

We are sharing our journey with our community with full transparency. Read our sustainability report from our most recent collection here.


ECONYL®

ECONYL®

Made from ECONYL® Rib outer and lined in premium weight ECONYL® lining. ECONYL® represents 100% of our fabric usage for Signature & Mini swim collections.

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REPREVE®

REPREVE®

Swimwear made from REPREVE® helps to reduce the use of raw materials while diverting plastic and pollution from landfill.

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For Future Generations

For Future Generations

Since the launch of our ECONYL® swimwear in 2020 we have saved 28000 barrels of crude oil and 26040 tonnes of Co2 emissions

GOTS ORGANIC COTTON

GOTS ORGANIC COTTON

Choosing GOTS certified organic cotton ensures we are aligned with the three pillars of sustainability; environmental, social and economic.

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EUROPEAN FLAX

EUROPEAN FLAX

Linen is typically grown without the use of pesticides and fertiliser as naturally the flax plant requires less than other crops. However this is not always the case, so as we strive for traceability we have sourced European Flax® Linen.

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BCI COTTON

BCI COTTON

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is the largest cotton sustainability program in the world, it exists to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment and better for the sector.

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RECYCLED POLYESTER

RECYCLED POLYESTER

By using recycled polyester we are lessening our dependence on non-renewable fossil fuels, reducing our emissions and keeping plastic waste out of landfills and oceans.

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RECYCLED COTTON

RECYCLED COTTON

By using recycled cotton, we save water and reduce CO2 emissions by 80% compared to conventional cotton. 


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HEMP

HEMP

We choose to use hemp for its environmentally friendly properties as well as its durability and drape.


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TRIMS

TRIMS

All metal hardware used on swimwear and denim are made from zinc alloy and are produced in line with Oeko-Tex®.

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ARTISANS

ARTISANS

We are proud to support and advance artisan products in turn offering better economic and social outcomes for these small producers. 

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DYES

DYES

At Zulu & Zephyr we value the responsible use of dyes and chemicals and we are committed to promoting this throughout our supply chain.

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PACKAGING

PACKAGING

Zulu & Zephyr is made for the sun, the salt & the sea. The impacts plastic pollution has on our environment is an issue close to our hearts and the reason why eliminating plastic from our supply chain has been forefront of our sustainability policy.

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BIO BAGS

BIO BAGS

Our bio garment bags are made predominantly from corn starch as well as the binding agents Polylactide (PLA) and Polybutyrate Adipate Terephthalate (PBAT).


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RECYCLED MAILERS

RECYCLED MAILERS

Using recycled paper reduces our need for raw materials as well as diverts countless tricky-to-recycle polymailers from landfill. 


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MANUFACTURING

MANUFACTURING

Our goal is that all those associated with the supply and manufacture of Zulu & Zephyr goods achieve prosperity in line with the values and conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO)

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COMMITMENTS

COMMITMENTS

At Zulu & Zephyr we have always been committed to supporting charitable causes, we take pride knowing our product also serves as a purpose for the greater good.

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1% For The Planet

1% For The Planet

Zulu & Zephyr has been a proud member of 1% for the Planet since 2020. We are part of a global network of more than 2000 business members, in over 60 countries, coming together to protect the future of our planet.

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CARBON POSITIVE AUSTRALIA

CARBON POSITIVE AUSTRALIA

At Zulu & Zephyr becoming Carbon Neutral is an important step for us as a responsible brand and a goal we are committed to making in the coming years. Until we reach our goal of carbon neutrality and as a response to the increased use of air freight in 2021 we choose to offset our Signature & Mini collections which uses fabric produced in Italy and requires long-haul transport. 

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