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'Surge of interest from US' in Kiwi bikinis made from recycled fishnets

'Surge of interest from US' in Kiwi bikinis

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Ian Proudfoot

Global Head of Agribusiness, Partner - Audit

KPMG in New Zealand


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[24 May,]

New Zealand swimwear company Kalakoa have seen a surge in demand from US customers, as certain parts of the company emerge from lockdown. The New Zealand designed bikinis are made from recycled fishing nets and reclaimed plastic bottles. Former Lifesaving Champion Toni Burke created the range to meet the needs of sustainability-conscious customers. The company has seen a 300 percent increase in site traffic over two days and is now shipping to their growing customer base in the northern hemisphere. The bikinis come in biodegradable packaging, and any New Zealand orders are sent in compostable bags. Mrs Burke would like to expand the business and create a range for all family members including trunks for men, maternity and children’s swimwear. Mrs Burke was unable to find a New Zealand manufacturer so reports all her products are handmade in Bali and she has visited the manufacturer to check their ethical work practices are sound.

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