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Our Approach

In 2017, we began our journey towards sustainability. We refer to this process as a journey because as we progress down this path, we realise there is always more to learn, new ways to adapt and endless possibilities to evolve.

Peony is an independant, family-run business, and like you, we care deeply for our environment and community. After all, we create garments for you to wear while enjoying the infinite beauty of nature. Each season we introduce new sustainable processes and become more efficient at minimising our impact. In all aspects of business, we constantly try to make small improvements to do better.

We see our journey toward sustainability as an open and honest conversation with our suppliers, retailers, and most importantly, you. Join us in taking a step in the right direction, and read about our current processes below.

Our Processes

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Materials

For our printed fabrics, we use Econyl®, a 100% regenerated nylon made from abandoned fishing nets and nylon waste from landfills and oceans around the world.

We also develop our own sustainable fabrications in-house.

For our textured fabrics, we use our own in-house developed custom textured fabrics made from 92% recycled content. These fabrications are incredibly unique and exclusive to peony. 

Our commitment to sustainability runs through every layer of our ethos as well as our swimwear. Even our linings are made from recycled and sustainable content.

Our custom sustainable fabrications are a true testament to our pioneering sustainability efforts which marry luxury with sustainability.

Nylon waste rescue

Nylon waste such as fishing nets, carpets and fabric remnants are collected through various initiatives worldwide.

Nylon waste is recycled

The recovered nylon waste branded Econyl®, is regenerated through depolymerisation that returns it to its virgin form.

Regenerated nylon yarn

The regenerated Nylon is then transformed into textile yarn and woven or knitted into high quality fabric in Italy.

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The end result is premium quality peony swimwear that is not only beautiful but sustainable and good for your soul.

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Manufacturing

We work to minimise the negative impacts associated with manufacturing and to ensure that all people involved are treated fairly and respectfully along the way.

Our swimwear supplier is certified SA8000 approved. SA8000 is the leading social certification standard for factories and organisations across the globe. This certification ensures ethical and fair compliance regarding child labour, forced or compulsory labour, health and safety, freedom of association and right to collective bargaining, discrimination, disciplinary practices, working hours, remuneration and management systems.

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Packaging

We use compostable and biodegradable packaging throughout our entire supply chain. 

These bags are made from a natural cornstarch meaning they break down quickly and can be placed in your compost bin. 

Due to trade regulations, we are required to ship all garments in bags. By swapping to compostable and biodegradable packaging, we save thousands of single-use plastic bags from entering the environment annually.

The introduction of compostable, and biodegradable packaging within our supply chain and retail processes have reduced our single use plastic consumption by 86%.

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Our girl

Our mission is to consciously create luxury swimwear for women, made by women.

We understand no two bodies are alike, and therefore we work to create flattering garments for women of all sizes. We now have a greater selection of imagery and sizing information to give you greater transparency behind how our garments fit. 

As always, all peony pieces are sold separately and designed to mix and match to suit you.

The Impact

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Cleaning oceans

The impact of this process goes far beyond beautiful sustainable swimwear. 

When you choose peony styles made from recycled and sustainable fabric, you are helping to clean oceans, clear landfills and re-use nylon waste (rather than creating from new).

Did you know that the use of Econyl® reduces the global warming impact of nylon by up to 80% compared to material made from non-renewable petroleum oil? The impact is significant and we are proud to be a small part of it, with thanks to you.

The quality of the nylon fabric is not compromised during this process. In fact, the nylon waste is recycled right back to its original purity meaning it is exactly the same as virgin nylon.

Love your peony

In 2019, peony will launch a program to begin closing the loop on our production processes. Repairing, reusing and recycling are the most effective ways we can reduce our environmental impact, and we want to make it easier for you. More information on this initiative will be released in coming months.

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Our Team

Peony is an independent, family owned-and-run business. We spend much of our free time outdoors, enjoying our pristine Australian beaches. The continued health of our natural environment and community means the world to us. Within #peonyhouse we do what we can to lessen our impact. Our team shares their favourite tips to walk a little lighter:
Becky: Coffee is a big part of our morning ritual at peony House. As a small token of our commitment, we gift each staff member a Keep Cup to reduce their use of take away cups. 
Nick: We look at all facets of our business to minimise our impact. We run our devices, i.e our air conditioner, on a timer to minimise our power consumption. 
Georgia: We’ve made changes in peony House so everything can be recycled. Excess packaging from our suppliers, retailers and even returns from customers are all sorted and recycled. 
Sophie: We sample as much as we can in-house using left over fabrics from previous collections. By sampling in-house, we minimise fabric consumption and our carbon footprint.
Hannah: We’re constantly talking with our suppliers about their processes and ways in which we can improve and become more efficient and sustainable. Having an open dialogue with our suppliers has enabled us develop our own sustainable fabrications - a big feat for our little team.

The Future

It is our goal to be completely sustainably produced by 2020, and to be fully immersed in the circular economy by 2022. We can’t achieve these goals without your support and feedback. Please feel free to tell us what you love and where you think we could be improving.

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peony Sizing 6 8 10 12 14
Bust 78cm / 30.7in 83cm / 32.6in 88cm / 34.6in 93cm / 36.6in 98cm / 38.6in
Waist 60cm / 23.6in 65cm / 25.6in 70cm / 27.5in 75cm / 29.5in 80cm / 31.5in
Hips (Lower) 86cm / 33.8in 91cm / 35.8in 96cm / 37.8in 101cm / 39.7in 106cm / 41.7in

Thread a tape measure under your arms, across shoulder blades at back and around the fullest part of your bust. Relax your arms at either side and keep the measuring tape parallel to the floor.

To find your natural waistline, bend to one side to find the natural indentation in your torso. This is your natural waist. Run tape around natural waistline, keeping tape parallel with floor.

Stand on a level surface with feet together. Measure around widest part of hips and bottom, keeping tape parallel with floor. Do not measure around your hip bones, this is too high. Measure around the widest part of your lower hips and bottom, often this is the upper thigh area.