• Fashion – Hit the beach in recycled style

    Billabong’s latest range of board shorts are not only super stylish and comfortable, they’re also recycled.

    With the summer holidays around the corner, iconic Australian surf wear brand Billabong recently launched its Spring/Summer 2014 men’s range in South Africa. This year’s collection of board shorts and walk shorts, however, comes with a bit of a twist – they’re recycled.

    For its Recycler Series, Billabong uses lightweight stretch fabrics made from recycled PET bottles to create stylish and comfortable board shorts. About 25 PET bottles go into every pair of these limited edition boardies, and since the inception of the Recycler technology, the company has reused more than 60 million plastic bottles.

    The collection includes a variety of styles, cuts and patterns to fit any occasion, whether you’re ripping up the backline, body surfing with your kids or just splashing around in the pool at home. Another addition to Billabong’s menswear collection this year is their innovative “Submersibles” walk short range. These nifty shorts are basically board shorts that are made to look like regular shorts, or regular shorts you can swim in. Made using Recycler technology and featuring elasticated waistbands and side pockets, the Submersibles range includes a selection of vintage washes, chinos and cargos making them perfect for the beach, a braai or a run to the mall.

    Billabong is committed in their drive towards reducing the number of plastic bottles that litter the oceans and add to landfills, and their Recycler technology isn’t only limited to shorts. The company is moving towards incorporating the litter reducing technology into all of their garments in future.