Our ecological and social commitment
At GILI’S, we like to put meaning into what we do. From the choices of our fabrics to the recycling of your swimwear, and following through in the manufacturing process, we always consider and improve the green and social impact of our activities. Since we do it for you and with you, we offer transparency about our commitments in 6 points.
Locally sources raw materials
Protecting the seas and the oceans, at GILI’S it’s obvious.
Our swimwear is an invitation to immerse yourself in nature by drawing its strength from it, without weakening it. This is why we create items in small quantities that last a long time and whose materials are 100 % European sourced.
We select rigorously our partner factories that have certified management and work conditions, according to the required governmental standards.
For the sourcing of our raw materials, we rely on short transport distances from within Spain – Portugal. This supports the livelihoods of our neighbors and keeps emissions from transportation of our inputs to a minimum.
This results in positive impacts to people and the planet.
At one with the world around it, GILI’S is even more committed in 2020. How? By focusing on an innovative material, which is the result of several years of research: recycled polyester fibers. Originating from plastic bottles and old polyester clothing. They are 80% less energy consuming, and its production emits 70% less carbon dioxide than ordinary.
Faced with the extent of ocean pollution we wanted to take concrete action. An eco-commitment which meets our requirements: a material which is extra resistant to salt, chlorine, sun and sea, which dries faster than ever and has lasting colors through all the washing. To achieve the same technical qualities as our previous fabrics while changing the material, it took us several years of testing and research, but we got there!
And, we have switched over the majority of our range of swimwear to be made of recycled polyester, not only a small collection. And because your well-being is as well our priority, we are super proud to hear that you feel good in our swimwear.
Our materials are OEKO-Tex and Global Recycled Standard certified
A unique swimwear recycling program: the Re-Use Program
Fashion is the second most polluting industry in the world with 80% of the clothing items (very often which can still be worn) ending up as household waste. For us, it is of utmost importance to act better.
And because we are excited that our initiatives involve you, we are launching a new recycling program : the “Re-Use Program”. With this unique program we collect your former polyester swimwear and recycle the materials to produce brand new swimwear.
You can leave your old polyester swimwear in our stores or resend them by mail whether they are from GILI’S or not. They will be recycled and you will receive a 15% discount on your next purchase. The circle is complete and the oceans are better protected.
A big part of our ready-to-wear collection in organic cotton.
The one that respects skin and the planet at the same time.
Quality organic cotton selected with common sense and high standards. The one that gives our ready-to-wear line even more quality and that also covers moments out of the water, the family walks and the summer evenings.
A green packaging
Because the packaging of what you wear and what we offer causes harm to the planet you love, at GILI’S we pay attention to the way we package your swimwear, your accessories and your lovely ready-to-wear items. To this end, we have change our classic plastic packaging for packaging made from recycled and recyclable materials.
Our parcels are now shipped in envelopes made of recycled, recyclable and compostable paper. We have also reworked the documents usually included in your orders in order to limit the number of them and thus reduce our waste.
And since we love green challenges, we have set for ourselves the goal to reduce our packaging in the coming years.
GILI'S x Project Rescue Ocean
Since 2021, we support the association Project Rescue Ocean.
An environmental association law 1901, created in 2015 by Benoit Schumann, for the protection of the environment.
Its goal is to raise awareness among the general public, especially youth, through action, on the state of the environment, seas and oceans.
By organizing clean-up actions on the beaches but also inland, Project Rescue Ocean allows everyone to act and understand. Our interventions in schools train today the ocean rescuers of tomorrow.
Thanks to your purchases, we finance waste collection in France and all over the world.
Our goal in 2021 was to collect 1 ton of waste... we collected 2!
Colorie ma vie & You
Because our travels are at the origin of GILI’S we really wanted to support a mission with heart.
5 years ago, it was in Madagascar that we met Françoise, a committed woman and mother of heart to 42 orphaned children in Madagascar. She dedicated her life to others, to offer them a second chance in life, an education and a lot of love to those children in need. She left us a year ago, but Maëve, the older sister of the big family took up the torch and is pursuing the mission of Colorie ma vie.
It is with pleasure that we participate, at our own level, to this human mission by commiting as sponsor, to help finance those children needs. This year, GILI'S will bear the cost, for one year, of the electricity and the salaries of the house staff, who take care of the home, the laundry and the cooking for the children. We'll also offer them for Christmas, a present that warms up the heart. Because nothing is more important than a child that is happy.
Like every year, we should have visit them last April, but the sanitary situation forced us to cancel our travel. On this occasion, we take them on a journey, to discover water and the pleasure of swimming. A wonderful shared moment to allow them to change from their daily life and discover new horizons.
On top of your purchases which are a source of donation for Colour my life, you can add 2€ or more to participate even more to this important mission.
We hope to join them very soon and share with you this commitment so dear to our heart.