smocs are eco, sustainable, UK made and use bamboo!
The original eco changing robe!
Cheap mass produced imports or eco aware?
At smoc smoc we believe that we all share the burden of climate change. It is everyone's responsibility to "do their bit" to ensure that the planet is in the best shape possible for our future generations.
Sourcing sustainable fabrics and accessories, producing and making locally, trying to keep our carbon footprint low - whilst delivering excellent customer service and a quality product whilst trying to remain competitive with cheap, mass produced alternative changing robes is, in all honesty, very tough! Our profit margins are limited. BUT we feel that it is super important that we can produce an eco smoc that is affordable to the majority and not the minority and that these customers can have a sustainble, eco aware robe for the same cost or cheaper as a mass produced brand.
Needless to say, our small family business focuses on the environmental impact rather than maximum profit.
It's Bamboo inside! #ecosmoc
Don't worry we don't mean the bamboo wood! Bamboo toweling fabric is velvet soft, super absorbent, very warming and sustainably grown without any need for pesticides or fertilizers. This makes it skin kind and ocean, lake and river friendly! Awesome for wild swimmers and paddle boarders. Wearing an eco smoc means that you are not transporting any plastic micro fibres from your skin into the waters, so helping to reduce micro waste. Bamboo hates bacteria! It's antibacterial qualities will naturally keep your smoc fresh. Simply dry your robe inside out after use. No need to wash your smoc regularly. Saving both water and energy. #reducemicrowaste
smocs are the only waterproof changing robe to have a natural non plastic inner next to your skin. So smocs are skin kind and ocean friendly. Other robes may have synthetic fleece, this can transport into the water potentially creating micro-waste which harms our marine eco systems. All our bamboo fabric is OEKO-tex 100 certified which means that it has been thoroughly tested for harmful chemicals.
and .... why we use Polyester as our outer fabric
We thought that the inner fabric was the most important part of the garment to tackle first as this is where the micro fibres can get onto your skin and into the water. So we didn’t want to follow alternative brands and use plastic fleece.
The outer is a different story as this obviously doesn’t shed. So then you have to look at the impact it has on the environment. We currently use a polyester. This is hard wearing and works well technically for being waterproof and windproof. This fabric has been around for years so is proven for durability.
We have done a lot of research into recycled plastic fabrics and unfortunately to get the hard plastic, from bottles etc, into small chips and then into fabric requires an awful lot of water in its process, which obviously is not environmentally sound.
Some manufacturers are also buying NEW plastic bottles to make this fabric which totally goes against the grain when they call it “recycled”!
These fabrics are also relatively new so have not been proven that garments made from them have a long life – another thing we were concerned about – landfill and unnecessary wastage.
So, when you weigh up all these options we do not feel that there is a suitable eco fabric that we would be happy to have in our brand. We will continue to research and test and when we are happy with the sustainable qualities we will incorporate this into our smocs. We do not feel as though we need to jump on the band wagon for the sake of unjust eco credentials. Please be aware of brands using this potentially harmful fabric and subsequent GREEN WASHING!
Why are your changing eco smocs designed and made in the UK?
We have our smoc smocs made in house! This means that we make what we need and limit wastage. We carefully source our materials and support smaller independent suppliers where we can. The smocs are finished off by hand and checked over before putting into their own SCRAP bag.
Please be patient. We don't import smocs in bulk and ready made from overseas and so our production runs can take a little longer to top up our stock levels. But we know that UK MADE AND ECO is worth the wait!
We also chose this small scale method of production to ensure that all the machinists working on smocs got a fair living wage. Many off the shelf imports are subject to child labour, long hours, disgusting working environments and very low pay. This is not something we wanted to be associated with.
This is why we know we are THE PLANET'S FAVOURITE CHANGING SMOC!