The fast-drying, lightweight stretch fabric of these shorts began life as plastic waste. Around 8 bottles go in to making each pair, helping to reduce the amount of plastic sent to landfill or ending up in the ocean every year. The shorts are in a classic boardshort design, secured with cord at the waist and hook and loop fly. The print design is inspired by patterns and shapes of sharks. The shorts provide sun protection UPF 35 blocks which more than 97% of harmful UV rays (both UVA & UVB).
Fourth Element are committed to doing everything they can to preserve oceans for the future and with this in mind introduced their Ocean Positive range of swimwear and products. Ocean Positive products were originally conceived a from recycled ghost nets and other discarded waste – turned into ECONYL® yarn to use in their swimwear and rashguards. They are constantly reviewing their products to add more sustainable fabrics and ensuring anything created is thoughtfully considered for its environmental impact.
Examples of Fourth Elements sustainable practices include:
- Products are packaged in compostable or FSC certified paper bags or cardboard.
- Their headquarters in Cornwall is entirely powered by solar power.
- Organic waste is composted on site allowing them to test the claims of compostability by packaging suppliers.
- Wetsuits which cannot be repaired or sold are either donated to charitable groups such as those introducing wounded servicemen and women to scuba diving and surfing, or scout troops, or they are re-purposed by local groups into book bags as part of a local young enterprise programme.
- They have their milk delivered in glass bottles from the local dairy.