Quiksilver just announced a milestone in their recycling program. Since starting the program in 2012 with REPREVE, they have officially recycled over 100 million bottles into boardshorts and other goods. REPREVE creates performance fibers from water bottles and other recycled materials.
Each pair of boardshorts contains about 10 recycled bottles. Producing recycled polyester consumes significantly lower amounts of energy (45%) and water (20%) than virgin polyester. The 100 million bottles recycled through the Quiksilver x REPREVE® program save close to 9 million liters of drinking water and provide the annual energy consumption of close to 1000 households.
“We are very excited to contribute a part to the protection of something we genuinely care about — the ocean. As surfers and snowboarders we need to think about the future, so our grandchildren can enjoy the mountain and the wave we love so much. Up-cycling plastic waste into something that is useful for us, even today, is an important step,” says Garry Wall, Global General Manager of Quiksilver.
Quiksilver donated $10 of every boardshort sold on International Surfing Day containing REPREVE fabric to 5Gyres. 5 Gryers is a non-profit organization that strives to empower action against the global health crisis of plastic pollution through science, education, and adventure.
Quiksilver and fellow Boardriders Inc. brands Roxy and DC shoes have been using REPREVE® yarn as an essential part of their product offering for more than 5 years. With goals to bring REPREVE into their entire line, this will not be the last of Quicksilver’s recycling efforts.