The Salt & Pepper Bikini Bottom's story begins in the United States, where the organic hemp-cotton blend is grown and sourced. As a crop, hemp requires no synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, or GMO seeds which enables the soil to thrive while growing the plant. When sourcing fabric, NATASHA TONIC only works with hemp, avoiding polyester-based swimwear to ensure that her bathing suits do not contribute to the plastic crisis. Once the material is sourced, it is brought to Natasha’s studio in Los Angeles where the bathing suit is made. 4% Lycra is added to give the suit some stretch. The entire process is completed in the United States. Manufacturing locally brings complete transparency, while minimizing pollution and emissions from transportation. The bathing suit is then dyed with natural components that are water soluble and have no heavy metal content. Once completed, the bathing suit is packaged in compostable packaging and transported to a shipment center, headed straight to you. This bathing suit has lived in 1 country and traveled hundreds of miles to earn a permanent spot in your wardrobe. We hope you love this bathing suit and wear it with pride knowing that you are embodying fashion and choosing to better the planet with your conscious shopping choices.