Wrttten by Coral Robertson

All About Bikini Scrap Earrings

MELLO ALL & HAPPY EARTH DAY! TODAY FEELS LIKE A PERFECTLY FITTING DAY TO GO IN DEPTH ON HOW I CAME UP WITH THE WORLD’S FIRST RECYCLED BIKINI SCRAP EARRINGS! NOT ONLY ARE THESE EARRINGS UNIQUELY DESIGNED AND EXTREMELY VERSATILE, BUT THE USE OF RECYCLED SCRAPS PREVENTS THESE EXCESS MATERIALS FROM ENDING UP IN LANDFILLS AND PROMOTES A HEALTHY AND BEAUTIFUL PLANET! 

What is a Bikini Scrap Earring???

FOR THOSE WHO ARE NEW TO THE CONCEPT, BIKINI SCRAP EARRINGS ARE MADE WITH RECYCLED FABRIC DONATED BY LOCAL SWIMWEAR BRANDS. THIS IS WHERE PEOPLE SOMETIMES GET CONFUSED – WE DON’T USE OLD OR USED BIKINIS TO MAKE OUR EARRINGS -- RATHER, BIKINI COMPANIES SEND US THE EXCESS MATERIAL THAT IS LEFT OVER AFTER THEIR BIKINI SHAPES ARE CUT-OUT (MUCH LIKE THE EXTRA DOUGH LEFT-OVER AFTER USING A COOKIE CUTTER TO MAKE COOKIES – WHO WOULD WANT TO WASTE THAT?!). INSTEAD OF LETTING THESE BEAUTIFUL BIKINI SCRAPS GO TO WASTE, I CAME UP WITH A WAY TO UP-CYCLE THEM INTO VERSATILE, WATERPROOF, AND LIGHTWEIGHT HANDMADE EARRINGS! 

 

How we came up with this Design?

IT ALL STARTED FIVE YEARS AGO, WHEN I WAS SHARING A WORKSPACE WITH MY SISTER WHO OWNED A BIKINI COMPANY AT THE TIME – I WOULD CONTINUOUSLY WATCH HER ADORABLE PRINTS AND PATTERNS GO TO WASTE, AND I KNEW THERE HAD TO BE A WAY TO REPURPOSE THEM! THEN, IT CAME TO ME! IN 2016 I CREATED THE WORLD’S FIRST BIKINI SCRAP EARRINGS AND IMMEDIATELY FELL IN LOVE! HOWEVER, THERE WAS STILL MUCH WORK TO BE DONE. I WANTED TO CREATE AN EARRING THAT WAS 100% WATERPROOF, DURABLE, AND LIGHTWEIGHT SO THAT IT COULD WITHSTAND THE MOST ACTIVE LIFESTYLES. AS SOMEONE WHO SPENDS MOST OF MY FREE TIME SURFING, SKATING, OR PRACTICING YOGA, I WANTED THEM TO ALIGN WITH MY ACTIVE LIFESTYLE AND TRULY REFLECT WHO I AM. AFTER MUCH TRIAL AND ERROR, I FINALLY PERFECTED THE BIKINI SCRAP EARRING DESIGN INTO WHAT IT IS TODAY. THEIR UNIQUE DESIGN AND VERSATILITY CAUGHT THE EYES OF MY FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND FOLLOWERS AND IT BECAME CLEAR THAT BIKINI SCRAP EARRINGS WERE GAINING TRACTION. MY MAIN GOAL ULTIMATELY BECAME TO WORK WITH MORE SWIMSUIT COMPANIES TO HELP REDUCE WASTE IN THEIR PRODUCTION AND MAKE IMPACTFUL STRIDES TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE PLANET! MY BIKINI SCRAP EARRING CONCEPT FINALLY GOT A LOT OF ATTENTION WHEN A TIKTOK VIDEO I CREATED SHOWING ONE OF MY SCRAP DONATIONS WENT VIRAL. I RECEIVED AN OVERWHELMING AMOUNT OF MESSAGES FROM BIKINI COMPANIES EAGER TO SEND THEIR SCRAPS. BECAUSE OF THIS DRAMATIC INCREASE IN DONATIONS, I AM NOW HUMBLED AND OVERJOYED TO BE ABLE TO PURSUE MY PASSIONS AND CREATE SUSTAINABLE JEWELRY THAT MY CUSTOMERS CAN FEEL GOOD ABOUT! BIKINI SCRAP EARRINGS ARE A REFLECTION OF MY SOUL, MY PASSIONS, AND MY LIFE AND I AM BEYOND GRATEFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE THIS LOVE WITH ALL OF YOU! 

Waste in the Fashion Industry! 

ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS THESE EARRINGS HAVE GAINED SO MUCH POPULARITY, IS THEIR SUSTAINABLE DESIGN AND ETHICAL PRODUCTION. IN THE SPIRIT OF EARTH DAY, I WANT TO ELABORATE ON THE IMPACT THAT BIKINI SCRAP EARRINGS HAVE ON OUR PLANET. FIRST, BIKINI SCRAPS ARE TYPICALLY JUST THROWN UP AND END UP IN LANDFILLS -- I HAVE WORKED WITH NUMEROUS BRANDS THAT TELL ME THAT THEY EITHER STORE THEIR SCRAPS FOR YEARS BECAUSE THEY AREN’T SURE WHAT TO DO WITH THEM, OR THEY JUST THROW THEM IN TRASH. ACCORDING TO THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM, “85% OF ALL TEXTILES [FROM FASHION PRODUCTION] GO TO THE DUMP EACH YEAR”. SECONDLY, “FASHION PRODUCTION MAKES UP 10% OF HUMANITY’S CARBON EMISSIONS, DRIES UP WATER SOURCES, AND POLLUTES RIVERS AND STREAMS” WHICH REINFORCES MY MISSION TO MAKE STRIDES TOWARDS SUSTAINABILITY AND COUNTERACT THE HARMFUL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF FAST FASHION (WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM). ALL RUBYTOBLUE PRODUCTION IS DONE OUT OF MY OCEAN BEACH BASED GARAGE WORKSHOP WHERE I EMPLOY DRIVEN AND INSPIRING LOCAL WOMEN. ULTIMATELY, I PRIDE MYSELF ON ETHICAL PRODUCTION AS A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER/JEWELRY-DESIGNER AND I AM THANKFUL FOR THIS PASSIONATE COMMUNITY AND ALL THAT YOU DO TO IMPROVE OUR PLANET FOR GENERATIONS TO COME! IT IS AMAZING TO SEE THIS INTENSE GRAVITATION TOWARDS MINIMAL WASTE AND SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS IN THE SWIMWEAR INDUSTRY – MANY BRANDS LIKE BEACH ACCESS AND SEVENSEAS SWIMWEAR HAVE STARTED MAKING BIKINIS OUT OF SPANDEX THAT UTILIZES PLASTIC BOTTLES OR EVEN BIODEGRADABLE FABRICS. I LOVE TO BE A PART OF THIS TRENDING SHIFT TOWARDS SUSTAINABILITY AND I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS FOR ALL THE INNOVATIVE AND EARTH-CONSCIOUS DESIGNERS/BRANDS OUT THERE! 

IF YOU OWN A HANDMADE SWIMWEAR COMPANY AND WOULD LIKE TO WORK WITH US, WE NOW OFFER TWO TYPES OF COLLABORATION PROGRAMS:

1. DONATION PROGRAM: YOU CAN SEND US YOUR SCRAPS! YES, IT’S AS EASY AS THAT! WE ABSOLUTELY LOVE NEW SCRAPS AND APPRECIATE YOU TAKING THE TIME TO PACK UP YOUR MATERIALS AND SEND THEM OVER. WE WOULD HATE TO SEE ANY OF YOUR BEAUTIFUL PRINTS AND PATTERNS GO TO WASTE!

2. CUSTOM WHOLESALE PROGRAM: THIS PROGRAM IS A NEW ADDITION TO RUBYTOBLUE THAT WE ARE SO EXCITED TO INTRODUCE! WITH THIS OPTION, YOU CAN SEND US YOUR SCRAPS, AND WE’LL SEND THEM BACK TO YOU REPURPOSED INTO CUSTOM BIKINI SCRAP EARRINGS FOR YOU TO SELL AS A MATCHING ACCESSORY ALONGSIDE YOUR BIKINIS! 

Thank for reading!