Quiksilver has launched a line of board shorts derived from post-consumer plastic bottles. Made from Repreve, a recycled-polyester yarn by textile manufacturer Unifi, each “AG47” short saves roughly 11 bottles from the landfill. Other features include laser-cut, heat-welded panels; stitch-free seams to prevent chafing; a heat-welded back pocket with waterproof zipper and zipper tape; reflective branding; and a cinch-lock drawcord closure with rubberized eyelets. We’re iffy on the water-resistant Scotchgard protection, however; Quiksilver and Unifi would do well to borrow a page from the likes of N2R and opt for a chemical-free solution.
“We have found a great partner in Unifi for our business,” Nick Drake, chief marketing officer for Quiksilver, says in a statement. “Repreve fibers contribute to a fantastic performance material that we’ve incorporated into almost all our board-short collections. Being made from recycled plastic bottles, Repreve fibers are helping Quiksilver and our consumers make an important contribution to the problem of waste pollution in our oceans.”
The short, which comes in colors like anthracite, gargoyle, and blue, range in price from $55 to $125.