Our Story

BATOKO is an independent swimwear brand based on the North West Coast of England. We create high quality swimsuits that are fun, flattering and super comfy. They're also rubbish. Literally.

Our swimwear is made from 100% recycled plastic waste that would have otherwise been headed for landfill and our oceans.

January 2017

Our First Beach Clean

Armed with an existing swimwear brand and a whole load of new found passion, we were fuelled by the shared frustrations of so many beach cleaners, surfers, divers and marine biologists around the world. Not only did we want to clean up our beaches, rivers, oceans, parks, we wanted to tackle the issue at it's source = industry. Despite having the resources and tech available, only 10% of plastic is getting recycled. What a waste!

Trash To Treasure

Challenging Perspectives

#DoItForTheTurtles

Marine Conservation

Conscious Manufacturing

How our swimwear is made is just as important to us, which is why we work with an audited factory in China that takes necessary measures to avoid both environmental degradation, along with following and respecting the labour principles set out in the BSCI Code of Conduct which ensures a fair and safe working environment for all it's workers. This ethical business behaviour ensures that all workers have increased awareness of both their labour rights and human rights, along with access to grievance mechanisms if they feel their rights are not being met. BSCI principles also include 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. We feel a great amount of responsibility to maintain a stable business relationship with our supplier, which is turn gives the factory a reason to invest in continuously improving it's working conditions. 

Digital Printing

We digital print our swimwear, not just because it produces amazing vibrancy with non-toxic inks, but it saves water and energy too. Digital printing allows for precision, which means we can pre-cut our fabric and use the exact amount of ink needed for each swimsuit. This leaves us with very little wastage overall and works as the most ecological printing method for our recycled fabric.

Packaging

We use compostable, recyclable and recycled materials wherever we can. We also keep packaging to a minimum, using only compostable paper bags and recycled plastic mail bags when required.

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Slow Fashion

Rather than adhere to the pressure of a disposable, fast-fashion culture, we are going against the grain; consciously keeping our collections small and introducing new designs at a slower and much more sustainable pace that's kinder to the planet and the people that make them. This also allows us to focus on quality and the individuality of each swimsuit design, enabling us to tweak and improve along the way - ultimately putting the value back into clothing and keeping the BATOKO spirit alive for years, not just a season.

Special thanks to the Ningaloo Reef dream team @alexkyddphoto, @oceanaimee + @annnniborges for the incredible underwater shots and to everyone who continues to shout about us - we couldn't do it without you.