Quiksilver is launching a new circular manufacturing process that uses textile waste to produce a line of recyclable board shorts.
Since its founding in 1969, the surfer brand has been committed to using sustainable materials and environmentally friendly production. Inspired by mountains and waves, Quiksilver has always been committed to protecting beloved places in nature for future generations.
In 2021, the brand launched its Made Better initiative, a commitment to focus on alternative production methods in order to avoid huge landfill masses.
To achieve its goal, Quiksilver has introduced a new manufacturing process, Made Better With Recycled Textile Waste.
These scraps and recycled garments are cleaned, sanitized and sorted by color before being shredded in a depolymerization process. Heat is applied to convert the shredded material into polyester granules, which are then processed into yarn through an extrusion process. The yarn is then woven into a high-quality 100% polyester ottoman fabric that can be further processed into board shorts.
This process - using waste to produce less waste - is in line with Quiksilver's mindset, reinforcing the brand's promise to preserve nature and bringing the company one step closer to the circular economy.
In the current "Made Better" collection, this polyester fabric made from recycled textile waste is used for the first time in select board shorts. Of particular note is the "Made Better" Amphibian - Quiksilver's most advanced product, made from a mono-material of recycled textile waste, which in turn facilitates future recycling.
For more sustainable production and a resulting lower impact on the planet, Quiksilver will increase the use of polyester fabric made from recycled textile waste for the upcoming f/w 2023 collection.
This material will be processed for the majority of the board short fabrics, outdoor collection and snow outerwear. In the next product phase, Quiksilver will take a big step toward the circular economy by using textiles that contain the brand's own production waste for select board shorts - an absolute first for the company.