BATOKO

We are a small independent swimwear brand based on the North West coast of England. We create quality swimsuits that are fun, flattering and super comfy. They're also rubbish. Literally.

Keeping Plastic Out of Landfill And Our Oceans

Our swimwear is made from 100% recycled plastic waste that would have otherwise been headed for landfill and our oceans. We believe that up-cycling and recycling waste into products and tools that are useful, valuable and reusable could play a huge part in the clean-up and overall reduction of waste pollution going forward. Recycling may not save the planet, but when done in a considered way, it is one of many solutions we can utilise. It not only helps reduce consumption of new raw materials, it also helps reduce energy usage, as well as reducing air and water pollution from landfills and marine waste. Learn more about plastic pollution.

Humble Beginnings

We had always been aware of the litter problem on our local beaches however it wasn't until January 2017, when we began volunteering with our local beach clean group, that our eyes were opened to the magnitude of the plastic problem in our oceans. Beach cleaning fuelled us to find a solution and to help raise awareness of what was a seemingly invisible issue at that time. Our solution was to turn sea trash into sea treasure, to use bold art as both a reminder and celebration of the diverse wildlife we share this planet with and to re-connect people with the outdoors and wild, non-chlorinated, waters.

Slow, Considered & Never Over-Produced

We're a micro-business and aim to stay that way, consciously keeping our swimwear collection small, simple and at a much more sustainable pace that's kinder to the planet and the people that make them. This way of working allows us to focus on the individuality and longevity of each design and ensures that we never over-produce; an industry problem that's having dire affects on the environment in terms of waste. But this is only half of the story. Clothing longevity cannot be determined by quality alone, but also by how it's worn, washed and dried. This is why we encourage slow and considered purchases along with proper care. Read our extensive care guide.

Ethical Manufacturing In China

By keeping it small and simple, our supply chain is small too which means that we can better ensure that the people making our swimwear remain safe, happy and fairly paid. We do this with regular audits and by requiring certifications from the two suppliers we work with. Both suppliers take necessary measures to avoid both environmental degradation and ensure a fair and safe working environment for all their workers. This includes; fair pay, no forced or bonded labour, no child labour or workers below the legal minimum age, decent working hours observed by law, no discrimination and equal opportunities. Learn more about our supply chain.

Marine Conservation

We are acutely aware of how tiny we are on a global scale, so we support those working to drive important legislations and government protection for our waters and the marine life that calls it home. We are proud to support the UK's leading marine charity, the Marine Conservation Society, who work to ensure our seas are healthy, pollution-free and protected. Every year a proportion of the profits made from our recycled swimwear go to supporting this incredible organisation, helping to ensure a healthier future for our oceans and wildlife. We're also a member of the SAS 250 Club, a scheme set up by environmental charity Surfers Against Sewage which brings together likeminded small businesses that want to give back and support the work and protection of the environment. We have also had the pleasure of working with Action For Dolphins, an animal welfare charity aiming to end Dolphin hunting and captivity, as well as raising funds for The Ocean Project, the team behind World Oceans Day.  Learn more about how plastic pollution is affecting marine life.

Green Energy & Waste Reduction

We take all aspects of environmental sustainability seriously, which is why we try to reduce our impact in all areas of our small business. Our workplace is powered by renewable energy, made from the wind and sun - it's vegan too, which means no animal by-products are used in the energy supply chain. Our fabric suppliers have a longterm goal of zero-waste production, investing heavily in green processes such as solar energy, water-saving technologies and air pollution prevention. We digital print our swimwear because it allows for precision, which means we only use the exact amount of ink needed. This method of printing saves water and energy too, making it one of the most ecological choices available. We use compostable, recyclable and recycled materials wherever we can and keep packaging to a minimum, meaning your order will arrive free of individual plastics and wrapping. Our swimsuits are simply folded and slid into a paper or recycled plastic mail bag essentially working as a protective sleeve for your swimsuit during delivery, nothing more.

Rewilding Our Carbon Footprint

By making swimsuits and selling them online, we are contributing to climate change through two of the largest polluting industries on the planet: Fashion and Shipping. Whereas there is an increase in sustainable methods and green energy within the manufacturing industry to now utilise, the same can't be said for the shipping industry who primarily rely on the burning of fossil fuels. This means that each import from China and every single order sent to our customers, including any returns, all have an individual carbon footprint. We are approaching this issue by focusing on what we can reduce first and then working to offset what we can't reduce with affective natural measures. For the carbon we can't reduce, we have partnered with Mossy Earth who are tackling climate change by restoring native forests in Europe. Through careful planting of only native tree species (no monocultures), the goal is to create richly biodiverse forests that provide habitat for wildlife, are more fire resilient and naturally retain water to prevent flooding. Trees absorb and lock in carbon from the atmosphere, so this partnership means we are personally offsetting 48 tonnes of CO2 a year, which with the help of Mossy Earth, we've estimated to be more than our current annual business carbon footprint.