We had the good fortune of connecting with Hannah Hayes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Hannah, how are you impacting the world?
I’ve always felt that companies should do more to add environmental and/or societal welfare goals to their business structure. Businesses push back or say it’s not possible for them because switching to other supply chains or materials would decrease their margin too much. However, aside from just the morality of it, I honestly believe consumers now will invest more in something that has purpose and societal benefit behind it. Therefore, you make up the margin in quantity or a slightly higher cost of goods. That being said, when I began my swimwear company, I knew from the start that I wanted to use sustainable materials and a fair labor supply chain – even though I didn’t know much about any of it then. I was able to find an amazing factory in Brazil that’s 100% female owned and operated. It’s a small team that hand makes all of the product out of a fabric called Amni Soul Eco – a revolutionary fabric in sustainability because of its enhanced biodegradability. Therefore, when the product is discarded in a landfill at the end of its life, it will decompose much faster than the majority of fabrics. Not only that, but our factory uses the scrap material to make dog beds for the local humane society. PETA has even certified them as Cruelty Free and Vegan because of the awesome work they do for their local animal community. We’re constantly trying to evolve our environmental and societal impact and goals. All of these small things add up to making a big difference. Next up, we want to start calculating all of our shipping emissions to purchase carbon offsets.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Driven by a desire for luxe swimwear that’s not harming the Earth in the process and not killing our wallets, Seven Swim is luxury, the perfect fit, sustainability and affordability: basically the best damn bikini you’ll ever wear. By using eco-friendly materials, we can reduce the environmental footprint of our company and customers. All styles fit perfectly on top or right around your hips and feel like a second skin
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would have them stay at the 1 Hotel because the environment is like no other and they are a green hotel. Then take them straight to Wynwood to RUST for a late lunch, walk around that area for a little, then go back to the hotel for some drinks by the pool.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’m inspired by other designers such as Pia Baroncini, Rumi Neely, and Jacquemus