Ahead of World Surfing Day on Saturday 16th June, Quiksilver has just announced that through their awesome Repreve programme, the brand has managed to hit the landmark of 100 million Plastic Bottles converted in to board shorts, jackets and other apparel.
Looking to rid the planet and its oceans of Plastic, Quiksilver have been teaming up with REPREVE since 2012. Since then around 3500 tons of plastic has been transformed into clothing for the brand. The process starts by turning used plastic bottles into plastic flake, which is then converted into ‘REPREVE chips’.
These chips are then melted, extruded and converted into yarn that carries the same performance qualities as conventional polyester. On average, a Quiksilver REPREVE boardshort contains about 11 recycled bottles. Not only is it good for recycling, the fabric consumes uses 45% less energy to make and 20% less water than virgin polyester.
Currently 50% of the Quiksilver’s overall range consists of REPREVE products. Over the next few years, the brand is looking to use 100% REPREVE yarn in all boardshorts, with its snow collection increasing the adoption of both REPREVE yarn and other sustainable materials.
The Quiksilver REPREVE collection is available now over at the Quiksilver Website, where prices start at £50. Quiksilver will be donating $10.00 of every REPREVE product sold on World Surfing Day to 5 Gyres, a non-profit organisation tackling plastic pollution.
Another company trying to rid the world of plastic bottles is Skipping Rock Labs with their Ooho!, an edible water bubble which was trialled recently at the London Marathon.
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