Sports lifestyle brand Quiksilver Inc. is expanding its use of recycled materials with the help of global textile provider Unifi Inc. The company announced a new range of men’s boardshorts, called AG47 New Wave, made using Unifi’s Repreve fibers, which is made from recycled materials including plastic bottles.
The company said each pair of the new boardshorts contains approximately 11 recycled plastic bottles, saving it from decades in a landfill. With this new collection, Quiksilver now uses Repreve in more than 75 percent of its entire boardshort selection.
Nick Drake, chief marketing officer of Quiksilver, said, “We have found a great partner in Unifi for our business. Repreve fibers contribute to a fantastic performance material that we’ve incorporated into almost all our boardshort collections.” He added, “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 boardshorts are constructed with Quiksilver’s Dry Flight Technology and Scotchgard Protector Repellent, which helps water to roll off the fabric and dry quickly. Four-way stretch and laser-cut, heat-welded panels adds durability to the lightweight shorts.
The AG47 collection is sold exclusively in Quiksilver stores and on the brand’s ecommerce website.