RIMMBA is a slow and sustainable fashion brand based in Bali, Indonesia. We produce high quality ethical swimwear and fine garments which are meant to be worn and cherished over many years. Join us as we try to do better for the women we dress, and the planet we love.
RIMMBA STANDARDS FOR SUSTAINABILITY
1. To use sustainable and durable fabrics coupled with expert workmanship to assure a long life for our products.
2. To champion environmentally-responsible production methods, such as low-impact printing and dyeing.
3. To provide fair wages and healthy work conditions for all levels of workers involved with RIMMBA.
4. To maintain a ZeroWaste Prevention Policy throughout our entire chain of production.
A SOFT ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT
RIMMBA is aware of the excessive waste and pollution caused by the fashion industry and we are passionate about doing better. It is our mission to help build a counter movement against trend-focused, fast and cheap fashion. To do this, we are stepping up to the challenges of tracing our supply lines and committing to a zero-waste policy throughout all phases of production.
Firstly, this means creating sustainable collections using mostly recycled or natural materials, and employing only low-impact printing and dyeing methods. Secondly, we make sure our garments are sewn by empowered artisans who take pride in their work and are compensated fairly. And lastly, we try to promote various repair and recycling programmes so that our garments never end up in the landfill. In simple terms, RIMMBA pieces are made with love, and made to last. And we do this all with the softest environmental footprint we can manage.
At RIMMBA we believe in staying close to nature. That’s why our natural fabric collections include responsibly sourced Cottons, Silks and Linens. Our commitment to preserve Indonesia’s biodiversity, local culture and heritage is also expressed in our special collections treated with 100% plant-based dyes. Each unique garment is artisan-dyed, using traditional techniques and colors made from locally sourced botanicals native to Indonesia. (See our IG Story Highlights on botanical dyes, or our blog post on natural dyes).
Similarly, for our Designer Swimwear collection, we wanted a fabric that was both luxurious and ethical. This meant no cheap nylon for us! Instead, we chose an innovative Italian textile called Carvico Vita, which is made of 100% regenerated post-consumer waste. More specifically, it is composed of 78% ECONYL Recycled polyamide, rescued from discarded fishing nets, carpets and other landfill waste, plus 22% Elastane. In this way we are able to ensure that none of our swimsuits require first generation virgin nylon. We’re also happy to report that unlike lesser quality synthetic materials, Carvico Vita is pile-resistant, and thus it is unlikely to shed microfiber waste into the environment.
Besides this, we fell in love with Carvico Vita because it is also exceptionally durable. After much research and testing, it has been proven to meet the highest standards for resistance to UV, chlorine, sunscreen chemicals and oils. All in all, we are confident that Carvico Vita nylon represents the most eco-friendly choice for creating swimwear, while also providing a smooth stretch and flattering fit.
ONCE LOVED CLOTHES SHOULD NEVER GO TO LANDFILL
We encourage RIMMBA owners to never throw away a garment. Consider repairing your clothes at a nearby tailor, or giving them away as gifts or to op shops.
Watch our IG Stories for more tips on how to give new life to your RIMMBA garments. One recommendation is to create a Once Loved Clothes (OLC) Pillow Case* to fill with your old pieces. You can always unpack your pillow at any time and fall in love with a garment all over again. Encourage your friends to also make or purchase an OLC Pillow Case and consider to host OLC Parties. Everyone brings a pillow, and everyone goes home with new OLCs. Celebrate that! *RIMMBA OLC Pillow Cases will be available in the near future.