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Fourth Element

Men's Boardshorts - Zambezi

£39.00 Regular price £55.00

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).


- Quick dry fabric
- 90% Recycled Polyester derived from plastic bottles
- 4 way stretch
- Quick draining, mesh-lined pockets
- Velcro front closure with draw cord fastening
- Back pocket with zip closure
- UPF 35
- Compostable packaging made with non-GMO certified sustainable cassava starch
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- Regular fit cut just above the knee for greater freedom of movement.
- If we do not have your size, please feel free to contact us at and we will see what we can do.


Care instructions

Machine washable at 30°C


The maker

Fourth Element began as a diving company who set out to design high quality clothing with a simple, diving orientated style.  Outdoor swimmers are starting to purchase the brand due to the quality, design and environmental commitment of the company.   

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.