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Sustainable is the new Black. Written by Amy Morrison

Amy Lynch

Posted on August 20 2018

As you all know, Bondi Bandits uses fishing nets in some of our products. We feel it is our responsibility to clean up our seas, however we aren’t the only ones doing it. There is a dramatic increase in the production of sustainable fashion, and last year, Australia hosted it’s first Eco Fashion Week (EFWA). EFWA is now an annually occurring event where international and local designers collaborate and display their innovative practices in recycling materials.

More and more fashion items, home décor, jewellery and other accessories are made of recycled/upcycled materials. Today, is clearly possible to use an unorthodox material to achieve the same result.

But why is Sustainable the new Black? Well here is an explanation, which will get you thinking about it a bit more, and for the fishing enthusiasts, thinking twice when casting a net. At the heart of the five biggest oceans there are large accumulations of man-made waste, the most notable being the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

It is a place where all the rubbish that finds its way into the ocean collects. To give you an idea of scale, if this rubbish was all collected it would cover an area three times the size of France in rubbish. Of the 1.8 trillion pieces of rubbish in this colossal dump, a whopping 46% is fishing nets which equates to the weight of 240 jumbo jets, just sitting in the middle of our oceans slowly breaking down into bite sized chunks and mistaken for food by marine life. As a result, there is now 180 times more rubbish at the surface of the water than edible material, little wonder that any fish caught in this area contains toxic levels of chemicals.

Now, this isn’t just to make you feel like terrible human beings, but it does put into perspective the scale of the problem we face in terms that fellow surfers and lovers of the sea will understand. Although admittedly, making rashies out of these nets only makes a small dent in the quantity of rubbish, the monumental amount of rubbish has an upside- Bondi Bandits won’t have a shortage of raw materials any time soon!

Learn more about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch here 

For any of you brave or crazy enough to head out surfing this time of year at Bondi, make sure you take a helmet! It’s one thing when a person drops in on you, but for these tourists  sightseeing just off the shore a humpback whale came a little too close for comfort, under 50m away from their small boat. This is a promising sight as it supports the statistics published by ORRCA saying that the humpback whale population is increasing at a steady rate of 10% per year, so keep an eye out if you’re in the area because there are now over 30 000 humpback whales making the journey from the Southern Ocean to Queensland right now.

I recommend you visit Sea Shepard’s website and recognise the work they do to protect Australia’s precious Maritime Zones, particularly the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. Each year the Japanese Government send their whaling fleet to kill 333 protected Minke whales each year. Without the protection and safeguarding of the Sea Shepard’s fleet, the future of this beautiful species is put at risk.

I was lucky enough to have such an experience, seeing a very young baby whale learning to swim in Hawaii! I added a video for you to watch to see the innocence and playfulness of this beautiful creature.  We hope this adds a little spark to your day and puts you in a better mood than the last post. :)

 

 

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