So, I came across an article the other day: ‘IPCC Report Sounds Code Red for Humanity.’
I tried to read it on my phone but realized it was one of those News+ articles that you need to pay for. Annoying. So, I pulled out the laptop and started to Google ‘IPCC…’ Thing is, I actually typed ‘ICPP.’ Force of habit? I don’t know. All I know is that I got a full page of Insane Clown Posse results. Not what I was looking for, but I definitely spent the next 10 minutes reacquainting myself with the ICP universe. Whoop whoop!
Anyways, when I finally re-found my focus and searched IPCC… and that news wasn’t quite as encouraging. You see, the IPCC, or Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, is basically the U.N.’s climate action panel and they just released a 1300 page bombshell report on climate change. It basically tells us a lot of bad news that we already knew.
The findings—based on over 14,000 scientific (that means peer-reviewed) studies—should really be the least surprising thing you hear all week. It’s all pretty straightforward. One, climate change is real. No shit. Two, humans are ‘unequivocally’ responsible for climate change. No shit. Three, future warming and climate disruption are pretty much unavoidable. Oh shit!
Now, mine is an admittedly poor summary of the crisis, but the takeaways are obvious. We have to act immediately. And while it’s important to make sure we elect leaders who will act, there’s plenty of things we can do on a personal level to make a difference. It’s a cliche we’ve all heard a million times before, but small changes really can make a difference. If we stop buying shit that destroys our planet, companies will stop making shit that destroys our planet.
Luckily, companies are making that a little bit easier for us these days. Quiksilver, for instance, just announced that 100% of their boardshorts are now made from recycled water bottles—using top-of-the-line REPREVE® fabrics. This is big news from a brand that sells a shit-ton of shorts around the world. And as they are commonly credited with designing the first surf-focused boardshort, Quiksilver brought back their Original Arch Boardshort from 1969. Of course, the current Arch has the same style but it has been updated for 2021—with the mobility of 4-way stretch REPREVE® and a quick-drying water-repellent coating.
Now I don’t typically associate sustainable fabrics with high performance or durability, but Quiksilver seems to have figured it out with REPREVE®. These suckers are sturdy and comfy. Best of all, Quiksilver estimates that their use of REPREVE® has already prevented over 250 million plastic bottles from entering landfills.
So when you’re at the Gathering next week, make sure you find those recycle bins, because those Faygo bottles could one day be your next pair of boardshorts. Whoop fucking whoop, indeed!
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