* High quality board shorts, swim trunks and more
* Turns out plastic from bottles makes for really durable swimwear
* Available in multiple styles and sizes
We all know by now that there’s a huge problem with plastic trash in the ocean — it’s why in parts of California, we can’t have plastic straws. But while we may be drinking our iced lattes through soggy paper now, at least we aren’t dying from consuming plastic-tainted krill, like some poor whales have recently. And there’s a giant garbage “patch,” in the center of each major oceanic gyre, filled with such evocatively named detritus as “ghost nets.” The largest of these, the Great Pacific Trash Vortex, which kind of sounds like a dive bar in Santa Barbara where your ex hangs out, is apparently a thousand miles wide.
But the tide seems to be turning as far as public consciousness goes, and not only are we reducing our plastic waste, some enterprising surfers are finding ways to turn old plastic waste into light, durable swim wear and board shorts. This eco-friendly swimwear company is called Fair Harbor Clothing, and they’re selling shorts made from 11 recycled plastic bottles each. That’s right, these are plastics they want you to put in the sea. Just, you know, don’t let them drift off into that trash vortex.
Here are four of our favorite styles from Fair Harbor Clothing.
1. Nautilus Board Shorts
These board shorts, named either for the mollusk or the ship from the Jules Verne novel, are made from 11 recycled bottles, and not only are they great for the ocean, they’re comfortable and practical enough to use as everyday wear (say, with a pair of white sneakers or your favorite sandals).
2. The One Short
These are great all-purpose shorts that can be used for pool holidays, surfing or even as gym wear. Half cotton, 40 percent recycled plastic bottles, 10 percent spandex, they’re comfy with just enough stretch to let you work up a sweat.
3. Compass Pant
These comfortable, classic, slim fit 4-way stretch pants are made from 67 percent recycled plastic, along with cotton and spandex for a low-maintenance, moisture-wicking and sustainable athleisure vibe.
4. UNTUCKit 8-Inch Recycled Swim Short
Made in partnership with Fair Harbor and menswear brand, UNTUCKit, these handsome and versatile swim shorts come with a cool “geo” pattern that recalls late 80s/early 90s beach wear. Despite their retro vibe, they’ve got thoroughly modern details, like being quick dry and odor-resistant, side pockets and a back pocket, and a not-too-short but not-too-long 8-inch inseam.