Brighton & Hove Triathlon turns bottles to board shorts

In Green Initiative

Named the world’s first ‘One Planet City’, sustainability is in the hearts of many Brightonians. To protect the city’s beautiful seafront, the Brighton and Hove Triathlon joined forces with Riz Boardshorts and Brighton College for their inaugural event. On race day, students from Brighton College collected nearly 5000 empty plastic bottles from water stations on the triathlon course and recycled them with a twist.

Inspired by three core elements: sustainability, substance and style, Riz Boardshorts create swim shorts made entirely from recycled plastic bottles. Designed by a hand-selected group of artists and illustrators, they are then produced using recycled fabric and digital printing techniques.

Brighton and Hove Triathlon Director Lisa Clayton said of the partnership: ‘there is often so much waste at big sporting events so we felt it absolutely essential to be proactive and recycle from the outset. Environmental sustainability is something all of us at the triathlon really value, so to then see this transformation to sustainable clothing was fantastic.’

Fundraising is at the core of the company and the unique designs incorporate sea themes to promote an appreciation of the natural world. With our seas and oceans besieged by rubbish, Riz Boardshorts work with, and donate to, a variety of charities such as the Marine Conservation Society, organising and supporting beach clean ups and highlighting the need to educate ourselves about the issues of ocean pollution and endangered species.

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