Swiss - Taiwanese Origin
SurfAce Apparel’s Founder Eileen Carls was born and raised in Switzerland by her taiwanese Mother. It wasn’t until she moved to Taiwan that she realised she had adopted two different cultural values during her childhood.
While thinking like a Swiss person when it comes to things like cleanliness, individuality, efficiency and responsibility, she did also learn to honor traditional taiwanese values like hospitality, loyalty and spontaneity.
At SurfAce Apparel we express this mix of cultures through our exotic and functional designs, the way we work in our team, and through our ecological and ethical values which we pass on to our customers and suppliers.
At SurfAce Apparel our vision is to make the whole production process and service as green as possible. The dream is to make a 100% environmental friendly product and contribute to a better future. And even though the textile and clothing industry has become a wasteful one, we know we’re not the only ones who are working towards a change.
We keep on demanding for eco-friendly materials and methods from our suppliers no matter if manufacturing costs are higher, less convenient or more complicated.
We are proud to say that all our bikinis have a lining is locally made of 100% recycled PET. Most of the face fabrics are even made from recycled Nylon!
We are always looking out for new ways to upgrade the quality we deliver without giving up our vision.
It was a big challenge to change from sewing the bikinis at our home studio to having them made by an external manufacturer. During the search for a suitable factory we faced problems like quantity requirements, communication, trust and transparency. We got so frustrated, that we even thought expanding our sewing studio into a bigger facility by ourselves might be the only solution…
But in summer 2016 we got lucky and coincidentally stumbled upon our first partner in Central Taiwan. Like us, the factory has only been established since a short amount of time and prefers to work with small quantities and trustable people. Owned by a lovely family that had been producing threads for decades to supply many top textile factories throughout the country, they absolutely amazed us with their caring support and professionalism.
Since the beginning of our collaboration we haven’t ever looked back - in our opinion it has been the best choice we could have made! Our team visits the factory every few weeks to discuss and solve problems together with the factory manager and the small team of workers. We value their exceeding transparency, passionate attitude and kindness, and always look forward to creating new designs with them!
Naked Products, Less Packaging
Which Problem do we see?
Companies and private sellers that deliver products through mail often over-package, putting a pre-boxed item in a second box, and sometimes even in a third one. This practice, which may be called the “Russian doll” approach is exceedingly wasteful.
Furthermore packages with multilayers must be separated for recycling, but the recycling process is so expensive or difficult that it simply won’t happen, and the package will directly end up in landfills…
Which Solutions can we create?
One option is to use sustainable packaging materials, rather than traditional plastic. Another option is to directly reduce the packaging.
At SurfAce we only package our products if the customer wishes so, otherwise we’ll hand them over “naked”! For shipping we decided to use a satin bag and a thin and simple envelope made out of recycled paper. The envelope is just enough to protect and ship the content, but not hard to separate for recycling.
Recycle the envelope and reuse the pretty satin bag to store your bikini in it. Less packaging, less burden.