Upcycled swimming trunks for marine conservation

Bluebuck’s collection is made from plastic waste recovered from the Mediterranean and turned into yarn

Bluebuck swim shorts made from Seaqual fabric, in khaki with red trim, £75
Bluebuck swim shorts made from Seaqual fabric, in khaki with red trim, £75

For its latest collection of men’s swimwear, the London‑based underwear and accessories brand Bluebuck has used a newly trademarked fabric called Seaqual, which is made entirely from plastic bottles and bags collected from the Mediterranean. Seaqual is named after a Spanish non-profit organisation, based in Girona, that pays fishermen to haul plastic garbage they have caught in their nets (that would usually be thrown back into the sea) to shore, where it is cleaned, sorted and upcycled into yarn. Bluebuck’s shorts cost £75 and come in nine different colours, from classic navy to khaki with a red trim. In addition to supporting the work of Seaqual, Bluebuck will donate five per cent of proceeds from the sale of the collection to the Marine Conservation Society, which works to protect the seas surrounding the UK.

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