5 High Value Products made with Recycled Materials that Help to Clean our Oceans!

Up-cycling • Creative Reuse is part of Our Life & Style

Imagine plastic as a resource to be captured and re-used to create high value products.  The technology exists to transform plastic bottles into fibers which can be used to make all kinds of products including swimwear, board shorts, clothing, running shoes, skateboards and more!

We are stoked to be a part of a global movement for a better, healthier and happier world. We have recycled and repurposed 20,208 plastic bottles to this day with our first Eco-Collection. And we want to hank you all for being a part of our movement and community!

The positive impact our community has made to this day and we are looking forward to making an even bigger difference in the near future.

 

5 High Value Up-cycled Products that Help to Clean our Oceans

We wanted to share with you our favorite up-cycled products all made with recycled materials by companies stepping outside the norm and making a monumental positive impact all while helping to clean our oceans.

1  MG Surfline™  Reversible Swimwear:

  • Hermosa TopSalsa Brava Bottom • in MIDNIGHT RAINBOW

10 Recycled Plastic Bottles where used to create this high-quality waterwear!

2  Adidas and Parley Ultraboost shoes:

Plastic intercepted from beaches and coastal communities is used and designed to make high performance sportswear.  It’s estimated that each shoe reuses 11 recovered plastic bottles.

3  The Tropics Roo Trunks:

The Tropics is more than just men’s swim trunks. It’s a lifestyle that represents commitment to a more sustainable future. Plastic is destroying the ecosystems of our planet and it’s up to us to make a change.
 
Each trunk is made out of 10-11 post consumer recycled plastic bottles that could have possibly ended up in our oceans and includes a 4-way stretch that is made to move with you.
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At Bureo,  skateboards are made from recycled fishing nets. Their recycling program in Chile, ‘Net Positiva’, provides fishing net collection points to keep plastic fishing nets out of our oceans.  Their programs protect wildlife and support local fishing communities through financial incentives and preventing harmful materials from entering the ocean.

5  Bureo X Futures Surf Fins:

Combining Bureo’s recycled fishing nets with Futures’ Compound 6 carbon and air infusion technology, the new Bureo x Futures Alpha Series fins are incredibly lightweight and resilient.

Re-cycling to conserve resources

By up-cycling we are not just finding new life for recycled materials, we are also helping to conserve resources. Compared to making virgin plastic, using recycled plastic offsets using new petroleum, emitting fewer greenhouse gases and conserving water and energy in the process, making an even bigger difference for our future.

Make it count!

We believe that together as a global community we can make a difference and that everyone’s small efforts count.  It all starts with you each time you recycle, and by supporting companies that create amazing products with recycled materials you are helping to make an even BIGGER difference.

Join us in our mission for a plastic free ocean!   

 

Art to Save the Sea

We had the privilege to visit Angela Haseltine Pozzi exhibit at Mounts Botanical Garden.

Each piece uses recycled marine debris to create beautiful works of art all while bringing attention and awareness to the global issue of ocean plastic pollution.

Washed Ashore builds and exhibits aesthetically powerful art to educate a global audience about plastic pollution in oceans and waterways and spark positive changes in consumer habits.

Washed Ashore is a non-profit community art project founded by artist and educator, Angela Haseltine Pozzi in 2010. The project is based in Bandon, Oregon, where Angela first recognized the amount of plastic washing up on the beaches she loved and decided to take action.

Since 2010, Washed Ashore has processed tons of plastic pollution from Pacific beaches to create monumental art that is awakening the hearts and minds of viewers to the global marine debris crisis.

Swimwear & Activewear made by People not Factories: Inside MG Surfline™

Meet our hard working team and get to know the faces behind MG Surfline™ and who made your clothes or in this case swimwear and activewear.

Meet the Designers: Alex & Meli

Alexandra Menk comes from a long history as a senior art director for some of the largest multinational companies. Burnt out by the corporate lifestyle, Alexandra decided to focus on her true passion water sports and the environment.

Growing up in Bogota, Colombia, Alex was a fish out of water. Her devotion for the Ocean began when she first set foot in the water as part of her training for a diving certification. And just like that, the fish was returned to where it always belonged.

After traveling around the world, diving in the most incredible locations, including the breath taking Great Barrier Reef, Alex moved to Florida. It was in sunny South Florida where she was introduced to kiteboarding and stand up paddle boarding.

From then on her life would never be the same, and she will never live more than a couple miles from the beach. In her own words “the Ocean is my playground, my passion, and it is our responsibility to protect it”.

Melissa Gil is a marine biologist, ocean advocate, professional kitesurfer, free surfer, yogi and diver. She has won many national + international titles , including Kite Speed World Champion in 2009.

Ever since she can remember, Meli had a keen passion for the ocean and she constantly enjoyed an intimate connection with it. Raised in Costa Rica, her family trips to the beach meant a full day of playing in the ocean. Curiously she was born with webbed feet.  Friends and family noted that the only thing this mermaid is missing are gills.

She has worked doing marine research at Florida International University and worked for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for 7 years. With the years her passion for water sports and devotion to nature and the ocean have only grown stronger.

In her own words “protecting the environment is not just my job, it is something that is incorporated in everything I do in my life, from my work as a marine biologist and professional kitesurfer, to running MG Surfline™ a purpose driven brand of waterwear made sustainably and ethically in the US, to my personal goals in life and striving to live more sustainably every day.”

Get to know the faces behind our local family run manufacturer:

House of Llull Atelier

After graduating with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in Fashion Design, Carla Llull realized it was difficult for emerging designers to start their own collections and that manufacturing options were scarce. She sought to find a solution and founded House of Llull Atelier.

Since November 2013 its doors have been open. Since then, they have served not only hundreds of new designers, bringing their sketches to life, but also established brands with large productions.

House of Llull’s  vision is to expand the South Florida market and bring production back to America! When we found House of Llull we were beyond happy. We couldn’t believe we found such a special place close to home.

Carla Llull – Founder

We loved Carla right off the bat. She is kind, fair, respectful, passionate and caring. We were impressed by what she had built and the team surrounding her. We love seeing the seamstresses sing and laugh while they are working and that Carla celebrated and appreciated them so much.

We were grateful that she wanted to support up and coming small brands. And we loved that House of Llull strives for the best quality possible and that they make use of every piece of fabric possible and not letting it go to waste.

Arcelia Díaz – Pattern/Sample Manager

Arcelia has an amazing spirit. She loves dreaming and creating new pieces. She has the ability to take any design, sketch or idea you have in mind and bring it to life. She is full of knowledge and ideas that come together to make each piece a masterpiece.

Aydee Lopez – Production Manager

Aydee is an incredibly hard worker. She is dedicated to her work and her House of Llull family. We have seen her first hand come to help her co-workers on days she is supposed to be off. She makes sure production runs go smoothly, all while sewing pieces herself.

We love working with our caring and talented House of Llull team. We have been working with them for just over a year and already we feel at home every time we visit. We are grateful and happy to have the opportunity to have a personal relationship with all of them and look forward to growing together.

 

Transparent Supply Chain = Healthier & Happier World

At MG Surfline™ all of our products are made with Love in the US.

We are proud to make all of our swimwear and activewear from start to finish in the US, reducing our carbon footprint while supporting local and national businesses and helping our economy grow.

The Repreve® Center that processes the plastic bottles to transform them into fiber is in North Carolina. Texollini, Inc. the textile mill that knits and dyes our fabrics is in California. And the family owned manufacturer, House of Llull, where all our pieces are carefully handmade and sewn with love is in sunny South Florida.

Ethical Manufacturing 

Having a personal relationship with our hard working team, knowing where and how every piece is made, from who stitched the pieces right through to who dyes the fabric is important to us.  We choose to only work with manufacturers that provide full time jobs with fair wages and benefits.

As brands and manufacturers we have the responsibility to be honest and strive to produce products made both ethically and sustainably.  We owe it to our customers and to our planet.

As consumers we have the power to push for greater transparency.  Find out how you can use your voice and take action.

Why does transparency matter?

Lack of transparency can costs lives and be harmful to the environment. Transparency is essential to any brand who wants to make sure the environment is safeguarded, human rights are respected and working conditions are acceptable. Greater transparency leads to accountability and eventually, this will lead to positive change in the industry with practices that are both ethical and sustainable.  And that is the way we believe business should be done.

Photo courtesy of Fashion Revolution

“The fashion industry is looking for answers and it is the smaller brands who are finding innovative new ways of doing things.” – Fashion Revolution

Join us!

BE CURIOUS • FIND OUT • DO SOMETHING 👉 Join the FASHION REVOLUTION!

On 24 April 2013, the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed killing 1,138 people and injuring 2,500 more. 

There were five garment factories in Rana Plaza all manufacturing clothing for big global brands. The victims were mostly young women.  It is considered the deadliest garment-factory accident in modern human history.

The Fashion Revolution movement was born after this tragic accident and the realization that change needed to happen.

All photos courtesy of Fashion Revolution.

Fashion Revolution is a global movement looking to change the negative effects of the fashion industry and work towards positive change by raising awareness and promoting more ethical and sustainable practices in fashion.   They call for reform and a new social order by focusing on the need for greater transparency in the fashion supply chain.

“We are people from all around the world who make the fashion industry work. We are the people who wear clothes. And we are the people who make them. And we believe in a fashion industry that values people, the environment, creativity and profit in equal measure. We want to see fashion become a force for good.” – Fashion Revolution

So, why do we need a Fashion Revolution?

 Unfortunately, much of the global fashion industry is exploitative and damaging to our environment.  In general there is little transparency in the fashion industry and a lot of consumers don’t know how their clothes were made and at what cost.

“We love fashion, but we don’t want our clothes to come at the cost of people or our planet.” – Fashion Revolution

#WhoMadeMyClothes initiative

“We believe transparency is the first step to transform the industry. And it starts with one simple question: Who made my clothes?” – Fashion Revolution

This simple question gets people thinking differently and wondering about what they wear. As consumers, our questions, our voices, and our shopping habits can help change things for the better.

In remembrance of the tragic Rana Plaza factory collapse, Fashion Revolution week encourages millions of people to ask their favorite brands ‘who made my clothes?’ and demand transparency in the fashion supply chain.

Take Action! 

We encourage you to ask the question ‘Who made my clothes?’ Download the poster and use it to post the question on social media platforms using the #whomademyclothes.

Poster courtesy of Fashion Revolution.

As conscious consumers we have the power to change the world.  Every time you make a purchase you are casting a vote for what you want and how you want the world to be.  Encouraging brands to answer the question ‘who made my clothes?’ pushes the fashion industry to be more transparent.  Transparency helps make the fashion industry accountable and sustainable.

Join the Fashion Revolution!

7 HEALTHIER & BETTER ALTERNATIVES TO SINGLE USE PLASTIC.

In honor of EARTH DAY 2018 and the efforts to end plastic pollution we wanted to share with you some of our favorite alternatives to single use plastic.

1. Say no to plastic shopping bags when you bring your own reusable bags.  Keep some in your car so you don’t forget them.  And if you do forget them, don’t beat yourself up, ask for paper bags instead and slowly build the habit of bringing you own bags.

Here are some of our favorite bags from our friends at Mama Eco:

Big BAGGU – holds 50 lbs
Natural Fiber Produce Bags
Large Organic Cotton Mesh Produce Bag

2. Get your own metal reusable ready to-go bottle and ditch the plastic bottles. 

Bring this bottle everywhere you go!  Our favorite is the Wave of Change Insulated Bottle from our friends at Waterlust.

For every bottle sold they pick 1 pound of trash!

How awesome is that!

Wave of Change Insulated Bottle – 750 ml

Use Code: MGFRIEND  at checkout for a 10% discount at Waterlust.com

3. Replace plastic containers, zip-top bags & tupperware with glass/steal containers, bees wax wraps, silicone bags and more.

Plastic containers release small chemicals into stored foods and drinks. Bisphenol A (BPA), is a chemical commonly used to make clear, tough plastic bottles and food can liners.  BPA can leach, or migrate, from plastic baby bottles,  plastic water bottles and plastic food containers into the liquids and food entering the bloodstream, so its best not to use them.

Here are some alternatives from Mama Eco:
Abeego – Bees Wax Food Wrap – Set of 6 Small Flats – 7″
Stasher Silicone Bag
Leak-Proof Stainless Steel Containers (Set of 5)
Splash Box Lunch Kit

4. Plastic lined cups & plastic lids – replace with a to-go stainless steel thermos mug.

Did you know the paper coffee cups are lined with plastic?  Not to mention the plastic lid.  No one wants nasty plastic chemicals leaching into their bloodstream, so get your own to-go thermos mug. Because they are insulated your drink will stay hot longer, another plus!

Klean Kanteen Insulated Wide Mouth Mug w/Leakproof Café Cap – 12 oz

5. Don’t use plastic plates, use paper plates or reusable ones instead.

ECOdipper Stainless Steel Container

6. Replace plastic utensils with reusable stainless steel or bamboo to-go utensils.

Stainless Steel Folding Spork with Organic Cotton Pouch
Bamboo ECOspork & Cork Carrying Case

7. Say no more to plastic straws and get your own to-go straw.

Stainless Steel Straw

At MG Surfline ™ we aspire to be a part of the solution.  We believe that together as a global community we can make a difference.

Join us in our mission for a plastic free Ocean. 

EARTH DAY 2018

The theme:  END PLASTIC POLLUTION.

“From poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet.

Photo: Greenpeace Philippines cleaning a heavily polluted beach in Manila.

In response, Earth Day 2018 is dedicated to providing the information and inspiration needed to fundamentally change human attitude and behavior about plastics.” – Earth Day Network

Photo: Thayne Center.

Join the movement and take action to End Plastic Pollution on Earth Day and beyond! 

Here are 5 Simple Ways to Reduce Plastic Pollution.

Start by changing one bad habit a time.  At MG Surfline™ we believe everyone’s small efforts help and that together as a global community we can make a difference and turn the plastic tides around.  Join us in our mission for a plastic free Ocean!

Photo: Turn the Tide on Plastic

 

The History of Earth Day

April 22, 1970 marked the birth of the modern environmental movement.

Close to 48 years ago, millions of people took to the streets, parks and auditoriums to demonstrate support for environmental protection and protest against the negative impacts of 150 years of industrial development.

Photo: Denver Public Library

“Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values.

Earth Day 1970 gave voice to that emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns on the front page.” – Earth Day Network

Photo: Sutori

After witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, had the idea for a national day focused on the environment.  He was inspired by the anti-war movement among students and realized that this energy could be combined with the emerging public awareness and consciousness in regards to air and water pollution.  This would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda.

The efforts and protest of Earth Day 1970 made a difference and achieved a rare alignment, gaining support from Republicans and Democrats, rich and poor, people from the cities and farmers, businessmen, industrialist and labor leaders.  By the end of that year the United States Environmental Protection Agency was created and the Clean AirClean Water, and Endangered Species Acts were passed.

Earth Day is now an annual global event.  More than 1 billion people in 192 countries now take part in what is considered to be the largest environmental movement, according to Earth Day Network.

 

Introducing our friends @TwinsKitchen! PLUS a recipe for a delicious, energizing on the go snack!

Beautiful and talented twins sisters, Ashley and Brittney, describe themselves as acai bowl addicts, fitness fanatics, beach bums, with a passion for creating healthy, vegan recipes. 

“We became interested in a vegan lifestyle after high school graduation. Initially, we perused it because we were intrigued by the health benefits, but we quickly discovered there is more to veganism than weight loss and health benefits, and became aware of the cruelty in the meat, dairy, and poultry industry.  Slowly, we began taking the steps to transition to a vegan lifestyle. We replaced regular milk with almond and coconut milk, swapped whey for vegan protein powder and yogurt for dairy-free alternatives, and stocked our fridge and pantry with an abundance of veggies and fruits, grains, and plant-based sources of protein.

Now, we feel we’re at our healthiest point both mentally and physically living a vegan lifestyle, and we thoroughly enjoy nourishing our bodies with the most nutritious foods possible while contributing kindness and compassion towards animals and the Earth”.

We are happy to have Twins Kitchen as part of  MG Surfline™ Our Life & Style!!!  They will be creating delicious recipes made specially for Active, Healthy, and Passionate Ocean Lovers! 

Check out this delicious, energizing snack and recipe for on the go beach days.

 Energizing Salted Peanut Butter Bliss Balls

“My sister and I love making our own healthy snacks to grab on the go or bring to the beach, including homemade bliss balls. Made with nuts, seeds, superfoods, and plant-based protein, these Salted Peanut Butter Bliss Balls are not only fun and easy to make, they’re delicious and full of wholesome ingredients, which make them the perfect grab-n-go snack. After a long day running errands or out in the waves, we love refueling with these Salted Peanut Butter Bliss Balls because they provide a perfect balance of protein, fiber, antioxidants, healthy fats, and energy. This recipe is no-bake, super simple, plus, it’s a great way to curb your sweet tooth.

Throw these bliss balls into your beach bag next time you head to the beach for the perfect, energizing snack.”

Recipe:

1 cup oats

½ cup creamy peanut butter

¼ cup plant-based protein powder (we used Amazing Grass’s Protein Superfood Pure Vanilla Mix)

1 tbsp ground flaxseed

2 tbsp chia seeds

½ cup almonds

1 tsp vanilla extract

½ tsp Himalayan sea salt

½ tsp cinnamon

2 tbsp maple syrup

¼ cup water (add a few more tbsp as needed)

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until combined in a loose dough. If too dry, gradually add a few extra tablespoons of water, careful not to add too much.
  2. Use a tablespoon to roll the dough balls, repeating until all the dough is used.
  3. Roll the bliss balls in chia seeds, cacao nibs, coconut, or drizzle with nut butter if desired.
  4. Store extra bliss balls in the refrigerator up to 5 days.

For more about them visit them  www.twinskitchen.net @twinskitchen

THREE MILLION! That’s the number of plastic water bottles that Americans use an hour!!!

😱 Yes, you read that right, nearly three million bottles, every hour of every day.  

LESS THAN 30% OF PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES ARE RECYCLED.

So where does all that plastic go?

1. Landfills

Plastic doesn’t biodegrade and instead it sits in landfills for hundreds of years. Unfortunately landfills are among the biggest contributors to soil and ground water pollution.

A staggering 80% of the items buried in landfills could be recycled!

2. Our waterways, rivers, lakes and ultimately our Oceans… 

Plastic is approximately 90% of all trash floating in the oceans. Sadly it is estimated that 8 million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans every year, which is equivalent to dumping the contents of one garbage truck into the ocean every minute!

Picture from: poorplanet

The global issue of plastic pollution may seem overwhelming, but there are simple choices, simple shifts to our everyday habits that we can all work on together as a global community.

REFUSE SINGLE USE PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES.

Get your own reusable water bottle and use it to talk with your friends and family about the environmental impact of using single-use plastic and inspire them to make the simple choice of refusing single use plastic and replacing it with reusable alternatives.

There are many options in the market including some colorful and beautifully designed bottles. Our favorite are the insulated metal bottles because they keep our water cool even after long hours at the beach!

Check out the Wave of Change Insulated Bottle from our friends at Waterlust. For every bottle sold they pick 1 pound of trash!  How awesome is that!

Use Code: MGFRIEND  at checkout for a 10% discount at Waterlust.com

IF YOU DO END UP USING PLASTIC BOTTLES, RECYCLE THEM.

Plastic bottles are not trash. Imagine them as a resource to capture and repurpose into amazing new high value products, just like our swimwear and activewear, which are made from recycled plastic bottles!

Sign up for our newsletter to stay in the loop on the fight against plastic pollution and join us in our mission for a plastic free Ocean.

We leave you with this educational, interesting and inspiring video so you can learn more:

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