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We are inspired by contemporary Australian style and a passion for excellence. We are a majority female owned and run business based in Sydney. Founder Dale McCarthy and Creative Director Karla Clarke create elegant, sophisticated swimwear & apparel using only the finest quality fabrics and premium local craftsmanship.

Our swimwear is now recognised worldwide for its emphasis on pared-back, sleek silhouettes that use our three, technically advanced swim base-cloths that deliver superior performance to optimise look, fit, feel and longevity.

We are proud to be stocked around the world by prestigious retailers including David Jones in Australia, Harrods in London, Harvey Nichols in the Middle East and Moda Operandi and Net-a-Porter online.

We have an ongoing commitment to uncompromising quality, ethics and sustainability. Every fabric is consciously sourced for sustainable certification. Each piece is painstakingly fitted and refitted to perfect its cut. Each trim is hand selected or custom made. Each garment is expertly crafted in Sydney, the world’s capital of swimwear.

Our mission statement is “To empower and inspire the summer style of women all over the world, while never compromising on quality, people or planet.”

To that end, we have become certified as a B Corporation.

Our solemn wish is that when our customers wear BONDI BORN it brightens their day, with added body confidence and an elevated sense of style.

BEING A BETTER BUSINESS TO HELP MAKE A BETTER WORLD

We are proud to be one of only a handful of Australian fashion companies who is a Certified B Corp, which is a company that operates under the highest standards of social and environmental practices for the benefit of people and planet. We seek to find a balance between profit and purpose and commit to be a force for good.

We went through a rigorous, independent review process over 18 months where every aspect of our business operations were scrutinised to ensure we met the high standards required.

A few things that helped us gain B Corp Certification include:
– We are majority female owned and operated
– We operate our busienss under a Code of Conduct
– Our suppliers must agree to our Supplier Code of Conduct
– We only source the highest quality, sustainably certified fabrics
– We make every garment locally in Sydney in boutique, family-owned makers who pay their staff fair wages
– Our garments are of the highest possible quality to endure through the seasons
– We have eliminated plastic from our packaging
– We actively minimise fabric wastage by buying our fabrics to order, making in small production runs and repurposing dead stock fabrics
– Our office/warehouse uses very low levels of energy and water
– We recycle everything we possibly can
– We plant a tree for every order we ship
– We donate 1% of our revenue to non-proifts to create a better future for our planet

There is more we can do, but it’s a start.

WE DONATE 1% OF OUR REVENUE FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR PLANET

As Sydneysiders we have a deep commitment to the ocean and the health of the environment we live in. As a team we are passionate about doing the right thing and as a business we aim to be a force for good in the world.

As a member of 1% for the Planet we formalise our commitment to this ethos by donating 1% of all our revenue to nonprofits organisations focused on addressing the environmental crisis that our planet is facing. Our donations are tracked and audited by 1% for the Planet.

Environment nonprofits we support currently:

– 1 Million Women

– Great Barrier Reef Foundation

– Greening Australia

– One Tree Planted

– Seabin Foundation

– Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network

EVERY TIME YOU SHOP. WE PLANT.

Every time an order is placed though our website we plant a tree through nonprofit partner One Tree Planted. By shopping with us you are helping us offset any carbon created by shipping your order and to help the future of our precious planet.

We believe planting trees is a real and possible solution to climate change. Not only do they support biodiversity but they absorb greenhouse gases and release oxygen back into the atmosphere.

Operating since 2014, One Tree Planted planted 10 million trees around the world in 2020 and aim to double that in 2021.

If you’d like to help One Tree Planted’s important work,
please click here to go to learn more or go to their donations page.

Watch a video on how One Tree Planted is restoring Australia after the 2020 bushfires here.

SUSTAINABILITY & ETHICS STATEMENT

While we are in the business of designing, manufacturing and distributing Australian swimwear and apparel to the world, the supply chain and operation of our business is consciously managed to ensure it respects everyone involved in the process, including our workers, suppliers and customers, whilst doing everything possible to minimise the impact of our business on the environment.
We acknowledge that fashion is the second-most polluting industry in the world after mining and we consciously choose to play a role in addressing this.

We are a certified B Corporation. Certifying as a B Corporation goes beyond product- or service-level certification. B Corp Certification is the only certification that measures a company’s entire social and environmental performance. The B Impact Assessment evaluated how our company’s operations and business model impacts out workers, community, environment, and customers. From our supply chain and input materials to our charitable giving and employee benefits, B Corp Certification proves our business is meeting the highest standards of verified performance.

QUALITY & TIMELESS DESIGN
Making the highest quality products that withstand the test of time is at the heart of our design philosophy. We believe it is better for the environment and our lives as human beings, to encourage women to build their wardrobes with better quality pieces in silhouettes that endure. As a result, we are very considered in choosing the highest-quality fabrics and trims available, ensuring expert craftsmanship from our makers and the timelessness of our designs.

PREMIUM, SUSTAINABLY PRODUCED FABRICS
We only use fabrics that are sustainably made, but they must also be of superior quality. If rinsed after use, our Sculpteur™ fabric will last up to 10 times longer than average swimwear fabrics. The Japanese Linen we use is remarkably soft, fluid and crease resistant.

The Environmental Product Declaration (EDP) is a certification that analyses and quantifies the environmental impact of a product’s life cycle including consumption of raw materials including chemicals, water and energy, the waste produced and the emissions of the mill that makes it. The EPD Analysis then converts all these impacts into a single measure called The Global Warming Potential, or Carbon Footprint and expresses it as a kilogram of CO2 (carbon dioxide) for every square metre of fabric produced.

Our primary swimwear base cloth, Sculpteur™ has a very low Carbon Footprint of 2.14, which is up to 10 times lower than fabrics made from recycled plastics. The Global Warming Potential of recycled plastic is significantly higher due to the intensive temperatures, water usage and chemicals required to transform old plastic into polyester thread. We acknowledge the benefit of using recycled plastic to minimise virgin polyester being put into the supply chain. Our judgement at this point is to choose a fabric that produces a 10th of the CO2 in its production. We are in discussions with a number of suppliers looking for new eco-fibre and plastic recycling technologies that will offer a better solution, if one arises.

All fabrics used by BONDI BORN are also OEKO-TEX Certified which means they do not release any harmful substances that can be hazardous to people’s health such as pesticides, heavy metals, formaldehyde, aromatic amines or allergising colourants. The requirements and thresholds of this certification are constantly updated based on the latest medical-scientific studies.

With the introduction of apparel in 2019, we are committed to sourcing fabrics from ethical and EDP certified mills in Italy and Japan with a focus on sustainably produced natural fibres like linen, cotton, lyocell and rayon (made from tree pulp from tree farms).

CONSCIOUS PACKAGING
All BONDI BORN packaging is consciously chosen to be plastic free and 100% recyclable or compostable, inclusive of swing tags, satchels, and hygiene labels.

MADE LOCALLY IN AUSTRALIA
Because of our commitment to quality, ethics and sustainability, every BONDI BORN garment is made here in Sydney by businesses that we work side by side with, and have built long-term relationships with, because they are the best at what they do. Like ourselves, our swimwear maker and apparel maker also happen to be owned and operated almost exclusively by women and operate with the highest of values and ethics.

GIVING BACK
In 2020 we became a 1% for the Planet member, committing to donate at least 1% of our annual sales to environmental related nonprofits. Our primary nonprofit partner is One Tree Planted, whose goal is to plant 15 million trees around the world to help fight climate change and reduce carbon in the atmosphere. For every order we receive online, we plant a tree through One Tree Planted.

As we grow as a business we will continue to find ways to give back the people and the planet on our journey. We welcome your feedback and suggestions.

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