These boardshorts are designed in the Uk and made in Portugal, using recycled plastic bottles.
Riz Boardshorts use techniques from the forefront of technology to create their signature tailored boardshorts. The raw fabric is made from post-consumer plastic bottles ground down into pellets before being spun, woven and finished into recycled polyester. It takes approximately 20 bottles for every pair of Riz shorts.
Creating the fabric
Riz's recycled polyester twill is produced by their partner in Taiwan and dyed specifically to their brand cream base colour ready to be shipped for printing in the UK.
Digitally printing the Fabric
Riz's print designs are created in collaboration with a few of their favourite artists and illustrators to create their signature “British-Hawaiian” style. They incorporate themes of endangered fish, flowers and insects in the hope that this will foster awareness and inspire appreciation of the natural world around us. These prints are transferred digitally onto the recycled polyester at their partners near Manchester in the UK; maintaining the highest quality and detailing as well as minimising water usage and waste in the printing process.
Design and cut
All of Riz's shorts are designed by co-founder Riz Smith, modernising classic surf and swim shorts with refined menswear detailing. For years Riz designed swim and beachwear for various global brands, and became acutely aware of the need for something better. With this in mind he set out to build a small, honest brand shaped around the aspiration of creating 'The most beautiful and sustainable swim shorts in the world'.
Beautifully constructed and built to last, the shorts are manufactured at a small factory in Portugal who the brand have worked exclusively with since they started 5 years ago, constantly evolving and refining the product as they learn from each other.
Closing the loop: Rizcyling.
At Riz, the guys believe that provenance doesn’t end at the consumer, the consumer is just part of the journey. So Riz have have pioneered their Rizcycle scheme to allow customers to return their shorts to the brand for re-use, repair and recycle. A vital step towards a more complete closed-loop lifecycle.