meet our student
Nina Euler Vestey
founder of sal paradise
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”YOU SAW THIS DEGRADATION OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND IT’S YOUR HOME, YOU TAKE IT PERSONALLY.’
Nina Euler Vestey, who began her journey at Global School for Entrepreneurship in 2021, is forging the future of swimwear with her innovative project that seeks to re-evaluate the way we view sustainability. She credits the inspiration of her project to her childhood spent in Majorca, propelled forward by an indelible longing to protect the island that raised her. With the foundations of her business formed while attending high school in Switzerland bolstered by the support of Global School for Entrepreneurship, Nina is making her vision of a Cradle-to-Cradle swimwear company a reality.
tell us about your project
“I wanted to focus on an idea that would help the environment, so I decided on a cradle-to-cradle swimsuit brand. Essentially there are no sustainable swimwear today, the term itself is so easily thrown around these days. ‘Sustainable’ today is using a material called Econyl, which is made from regenerated fishing nets and plastics recaptured from the ocean. They change those plastics into a new thread then combine them with normal polyester or elastane. This eslatane isn’t sustainable, it’s just normal elastane that is used day to day, so it cannot be recycled like the Econyl can be. Basically you’re making swimwear that’s ‘sustainable’ because you’re using Econyl, but when it’s combined with elastane it is like any other swimwear. All you’re doing is giving the fishing nets and plastic bottles another life cycle in the market, but it’s going to end up in a landfill or incinerated anyway. My plan, employing a cradle-to-cradle design, is to create a cycle in which swimsuits are made with Econyl and a cradle-to-cradle elastane, go to the use phase, and when the user is done with it they can send it back to me where the materials that went into making the swimsuit can be depolymerized into the nutrients again the threads and made into a new bathing suit. It’s a closed loop cycle, and that is truly sustainable.”
Why did you choose Global School?
Other traditional institutions don’t suit me. I went to a non traditional high school, so I’m much more pragmatic when it comes to receiving and retaining information. My learning style is practical, being hands on, and learning things through actual experience. For traditional education, you get a lot of information, you have to learn to retain it, and then you need to regurgitate it for tests. I was looking for schools that followed the practical narrative instead. I thought maybe the business I started in high school was something I could continue, so I wanted to look into that further. My mom and I were doing research, searching if there were courses that would allow you to pursue and grow your business, and so we came to Global School.
What do you like about Global School?
I really like the fact that you are very much in control of your education. You are responsible for the work you put in. And while the resources are always there for you, it’s ultimately all up to you. At this school you are the one who has to apply yourself, which feels almost liberating. There aren’t teachers that are like ‘do you work’ that’s very much up to you. When you grow up having that sense of control over yourself and over your success within a project, I find it very motivating. And while you are very much in charge of your own destiny, you always have the safety net of the coaches who are there when you need them.