Bluebuck menswear based in London has released a line of swim trunks made from certified Seaqual yarn, produced from recycled ocean plastic collected by Spanish fishermen from the Mediterranean seabed.
To top it off, 5% of all swimwear sales are donated to the Marine Conservation Society in the UK. The nautical-themed trunks are available in eight different colors with a cost of €88 ($99) each and are meant to last longer than other similar products, promoting less waste.
The Seaqual organization is based in Spain and collaborates with local fishermen and communities to remove waste found on the ocean floor. While non-plastic materials such as aluminum or glass are sent to recycling facilities, the plastic bottles and plastic packaging is cleaned, sorted, converted into flakes and turned into polymer yarn. The netting that makes up the inner lining of the shorts are made from recycled polyester.
According to Bluebuck founder Pierre David, “When we discovered Seaqual and their yarns we saw an opportunity to partner up and make a real difference. By design, all our products are made to last longer, meaning less waste, but by using actual waste as our raw material we’ve taken things one step further.”
In addition to the new line of swimwear, Bluebuck also offers a variety of eco-friendly menswear products made from GOTS-certified organic cotton (Global Organic Textile Standard) and produced in factories powered by renewable energy sources. The company itself is even GOTS-certified and 100% of the electricity used in their offices comes from renewable sources.
Since all of the materials and products are made in Europe, Bluebuck’s menswear can be easily shipped and moved by road instead of planes, reducing CO2 by about 75% according to the website. Additionally, shipping materials are made from recycled paper and paper tape. The company is in the process of replacing their individual product bags with compostable bags.
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