Summer is around the corner, reason enough for us to search for the perfect bikini. Is it really necessary, however, to buy another swimsuit this year? Yes it is, especially after seeing the swimwear of JUNGL Amsterdam. Amazing looking bikinis that will not only last long, they are made from fishing nets! Reason enough for us to ask the two founders and sisters Anouschka and Natascha Hendriks a few questions.
What is JUNGL?
JUNGL is an environment friendly brand that has been established to offer a sustainable alternative.
Why did you start JUNGL, what or who was your inspiration?
From an early age, we (Anouschka and Natascha Hendriks) have been working on sustainability and we have discovered that the impact of fashion and textiles on the environment is huge. By offering a sustainable swimwear collection, whereby the environmental impact is kept as small as possible, we hope to be able to reduce this negative impact.
How does JUNGL contribute to a better planet?
We consider honesty, sustainability, quality and transparency to be very important. Sustainability is reflected in all aspects of our company. For example, the transport is only by truck, the packaging is recycled and we bring the packages to the shipping service by bicycle.
Our designs are timeless and we ensure that we do not go along with fast fashion. Slow fashion is the future and we would like to contribute to this. Products can be worn longer if the quality is good. ECONYL® yarn is 100% recycled nylon yarn from fishing nets and other nylon waste. This fabric is twice as resistant to chlorine, sunscreen and solar oil as normal swimwear fabric, so the products will stay beautiful and you can enjoy them longer.
What are you most proud of?
We are the most proud of the fact that we can offer a sustainable alternative and inspire people with our brand and collection.
Do you have any advice or tips for young entrepeneurs who want to start a (sustainable) brand?
Just do it. It will not be easy to start a sustainable brand, but in the end it’s more than worth it. Keep your goals in mind!