Riz boardshorts are already using recycled material in their current range but the team want to take it to the next level by making sure that absolutely every element is made from reclaimed materials including the zips, thread and buttons.
But this is just the half of it, next on the agenda for the company is the ultimate challenge of cleaning the beach and ocean and transforming the plastics collected into their end product. You can get involved and do your bit by supporting their crowdfunding campaign.
Their second, and much bigger challenge, is to take waste plastics from our beaches and oceans and transform them into new clothing
Riz Smith, who launched the company, said the idea was born out of a connection with the ocean. Hailing from Devon, sailing and surfing was a big part of his childhood. Now all grown up and living in London, Riz realised how vital the oceans are for the survival of the planet.
“Sadly, our oceans and beaches are littered with waste plastics. Experts estimate that there are 46,000 pieces of plastic in every square mile of the ocean. We don’t want our shorts to end up littering landfills or oceans, so, in an effort to do our part, we’ve developed the Rizcycling programme.” Riz told Drift
“Rizcycling means working with our customers to create a perpetual loop that transforms waste and worn out swimwear into beautiful new products. ” He added
Their second, and much bigger challenge, is to take waste plastics from our beaches and oceans and transform them into new clothing. The company target is to make the first pair of shorts from ocean plastic fabric by 2016.
To find out more and to support the boardshort campaign visit their crowdfunding page or watch the video below