We understand that our operations have an impact on the environment and are committed to minimizing this. We will continually explore and implement ways to operate sustainably.
Our tow floats are made from PVC while our Dry Bags (except the Window) are made from a Nylon / PVC mix. We are working with our suppliers to find more sustainable materials for our product range. At present we have not found alternatives that deliver the quality we require. Given the critical safety function of our products we need to ensure that any new material we use is of equal or greater quality to that which we currently use.
The demand for plastic alternatives means that the industry is moving forward quickly and we are keeping up with the latest innovations so that we can start using alternative materials as soon as they are available on the market. Current compostable materials do not satisfy our requirements in regard to quality and ease of disposal.
RECYCLING & RE-USE
At present there are no local authority PVC or PVC / Nylon recycling schemes operating in the UK. PVC is an incredibly durable material which makes it great for long lasting products but difficult to recycle. The mix of materials and different densities of plastic (i.e solid handles and valves) mean that there is no accessible industrial route to recycle used Swim Secure products either. We recommend using your Swim Secure product for as long as possible, and we are investigating alternative uses for working products that are no longer needed.
At present our product packing is not made of recyclable materials. We encourage customers to keep their packaging to store their products in, or to use their packaging to keep wet swim kit in. For events we are working with our suppliers to ship products unpacked to eliminate single use plastic waste.
Products dispatched from our warehouse to website customers are sent in compostable bags. Larger orders sent to our retailers and distributors are sent in cardboard boxes.
We aim to transport all our products from our manufacturers in China to our warehouse in the UK by sea. Where possible we deliver products from our manufacturers to our international distributors by sea using the most direct route. We have expanded our warehousing capacity and increased our stock holding levels to reduce the likelihood that we have to fly in products due to low stock. We encourage our wholesale customers to order seasonally in bulk to reduce the number of orders being shipped.