When we created Bondi Joe, we set about ensuring that the brand lived and breathed a strong planet conscience. We wanted to make men's boardshorts that you felt great wearing and were genuinely good for the planet. As a result, our entire range of men's swimwear is made of fabric from 100% recycled materials, we have offset the carbon used in our supply chain, and only use plastic free packaging when we send them to you.
FABRIC from 100% Recycled materials ...
Bondi Joe is committed to sustainability and the fabric we make all of our mens boardshorts from 100% recycled polyester fabric.
We all love going to the beach, but how many times have you been at the beach and seen plastic floating in the water or washed up on the sand? We live in a world obsessed with plastic, and we all know it is having a massive impact on our planet. The world consumes 300 billion tonnes of plastic a year and much of this ends up in landfill, polluting our environment, land and waterways. At Bondi Joe, we wanted to do our bit for the planet, and insist on using recycled polyester fabric in all of our boardshorts.
The problem with virgin polyester fabric
Polyester is a synthetic fibre made from petrochemical products via a complex process known as polymerization. The fabric dries fast, is easy to clean and hard to wrinkle – making it very popular in the fashion industry. Unfortunately, virgin polyester is not environmentally friendly. Making the fabric uses large quantities of water and chemicals, including fossil fuels. Polyester is also non-biodegradable, meaning that it does not break down in nature.
Making recycled polyester
Our recycled polyester is made from used PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic, most commonly in the form of water or soft drink bottles. The recycling process starts with collected PET bottles being sterilized, dried and crushed into small pieces. Those pieces are heated and spun into thing strings of yarn, which is wound on spools. A special crimping machine then gives the yarn a fully texture. Finally, the yarn is woven in a fabric and ready for use. The process of converting PET into recycled polyester requires 33-53% less energy than producing virgin polyester. At the same time, it reduces on dependence on fossil fuels and reduces landfill from plastic bottles.
CARBON OFFSET SUPPLY CHAIN
We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and have purchased carbon credits to offset our carbon usage.
Our Carbon Credits support the Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor
The carbon credits we have purchased are supporting biodiverse reforestation in the Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor north of Perth, Western Australia (WA). The corridor includes the Koolanooka Dam Nature Reserve, Bowgada Reserve and the Moonagin Threatened Ecological Community. This region is recognised as a global biodiversity hot spot and the opportunity to permanently connect habitat corridors at this scale has unique and significant environmental benefits.
As part of the reforestation, multiple tree and shrub species native to the area are planted, which help to restore large areas of marginal and degraded farmland.
Bondi Joe is proud that these carbon credits are helping deliver social, economic and environmental benefits, including:
- Creating biodiversity habitat for rare and endangered flora and fauna;
- Creating connectivity between existing remnant vegetation;Restoring degraded areas damaged by salt, wind and water erosion;
- Employment including local Indigenous people, and liaison with traditional owners;
- Aboriginal heritage sites recognised and registered with the Department of Indigenous Affairs Registry; and
- Creating new industry in rural areas and expenditure with local businesses.
PLASTIC FREE PACKAGING
Sick of buying things covered in three layers of plastic? So are we!
Bondi Joe is proud to use plastic free packaging.
Your boardshorts will come to you in bio-degradable packaging made from a combination of corn-based biopolymers, which can compost in as little as 6 months.
We are part of the Noissue eco-packaging alliance.