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The Peony Standard
Since 2019, each and every one of our swimwear fabrics have been made from recycled content. This includes our printed fabrics, our custom textures and even our inner linings. This is the peony standard. Every piece, inside and out. No exceptions.

Fig. I White starfish on the shoreline.


Our textured swimwear fabrics are developed in-house exclusively using regenerated fibres such as REPREVE®. These fabrics are unique to peony, as we design from the yarn, determining the weave, weight, stitch, colour and design. Made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, our use of REPREVE® gives new life to plastic waste that would otherwise end up in landfills or the ocean, emits reduced greenhouse gases and conserves energy and water in the process.


Our printed swimwear styles are made from ECONYL® yarn, a 100% regenerated nylon fibre made from nylon waste otherwise polluting the earth, such as fishing nets, fabric scraps and carpet flooring. Regular nylon is made from non-renewable petroleum oil which is a significant contributor to global warming. By using ECONYL® regenerated nylon, we are giving nylon waste a new life, reducing the global warming impact of nylon by up to 90% compared with material made from oil.


Lining makes up roughly 50% of swimwear fabric consumption and is often overlooked. All peony swimwear is lined in our soft and supple eco-luxe lining, made from 83% ECONYL® regenerated nylon.

Waste Diversion
So far and with your support, our use of recycled swimwear fabrics has diverted approximately 47,616kgs of post-consumer waste from landfills.

Fig. II Setting sail in Broken Bay.


We use Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified organic cotton. This fabric is soft, durable, natural and biodegradable. Grown without the use of pesticides or synthetic fertilisers, organic cotton uses significantly less water, relying predominantly on rainwater. Organic cotton reduces environmental footprint and promotes safe work and better livelihoods for farmers and their families. GOTS certified organic cotton is considered the leading global standard on sustainable processing for the textile industry.


ECOVERO™ viscose fibres are derived from wood pulp sourced from FSC or PEFC certified sustainable sources. This innovative fabric is certified eco-responsible with the internationally recognised EU Ecolabel, a stamp of environmental excellence only awarded to products which have a significantly lower environmental impact. Almost all the chemicals used during production are recovered and reused. Compared to conventional viscose, the production of ECOVERO™ causes 50% less emissions and uses half as much energy and water.


Peony linen is 100% European Flax® Certified and made from French yarn. European Flax® certification guarantees traceability for premium linen fibre. This linen is a natural sustainable fibre, cultivated without irrigation and GMO free. Flax is grown without the need for herbicides and pesticides. There is very little waste in the farming of flax as other parts of the plant such as the seeds can be used for different products. Peony linen is biodegradable, long lasting and becomes more beautiful with every wear.


The hemp plant is a densely growing plant, meaning it fights off competing plants on it’s own, avoiding the need for harsh chemical herbicides. Hemp naturally reduces pests, so no pesticides are necessary. Incredibly, the hemp plant returns up to 70% of the nutrients taken from the soil. Not only is hemp gentle on the environment, it also requires very little water to grow. Hemp fabric has a hand feel similar to linen and it softens to become more beautiful with every wear.

Breaking it down
For the 2022 calendar year, our material percentage of volume is as follows. For swimwear, all of our fabrics were made from majority regenerated fibres such as REPREVE® or ECONYL®. This includes all main fabrics and inner linings. For resortwear, our material percentage of volume is as follows; 21% ECOVERO™, 35% GOTS certified Organic Cotton, 37% European Flax® Certified Linen and the balance of 7% is made up of GRS certified Recycled Polyester, Cotton and Linen. 

Fig. III Details of our crochet mini dress.


Considering the outside as much as the inside, we use compostable and biodegradable packaging throughout our supply chain. Your peony pieces will be lovingly hand wrapped in recycled, compostable and FSC certified tissue paper. Our mailer bags are made from waste, using only renewable solar power, no water, acid or bleaches. They are designed to be re-used, but at the end of their useful life can be recycled with soft plastics and are otherwise inert in nature. Our shipping labels are also compostable with adhesive made from renewable materials. As a certified carbon neutral business, peony invests in environmental projects to offset our deliveries, so your order will arrive to you carbon neutral, on us.

All the little things

We believe all the little things make a big difference over time. Our swing tags are made from recycled and FSC certified wood. Our swimwear hygiene liners are made from FSC certified wood-based bioplastic, making them compostable and biodegradable. Even the mini bags that carry the removable straps for our bikini tops are made from compostable and biodegradable materials.