Our mens swimwear uses 100% recycled polyester
Bondi Joe is committed to sustainability and the fabric we make all of our mens boardshorts from is a key part of our dedication to this cause.
We make all of our 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.