I absolutely love people who are willing to put it all on the line for a good cause. To make a difference. To have a positive impact on the future for our children. I applaud them, and I am in awe of their commitment to take a chance on making the world a better place.
Co-founders of clothing label Bondi Bandits, Annie Pryor and Amy Lynch, are exactly these people. Bondi Bandits recently launched its range of cool surf rashies online to help protect our oceans and change lives for the better.
Bondi locals Annie Pryor and Amy Lynch are both surfers and social entrepreneurs. Their friendship grew through the grit, laughter and pain of learning to surf. Co-Founder Annie Pryor said they realised that if they could learn to surf then they could do anything. Together, and with Annie’s 3 daughters, they experienced a connection to each other and to nature that inspired them to create a venture that could really make a positive difference in the world.
“While hanging out on the beach one surfing weekend away with the kids we realised there weren’t many products that gave back. Plus, we had also been very unsuccessful in finding cool unisex rashies that were made of great quality eco-friendly fabric, were UPF50 and reasonably priced” Annie Pryor said.
“We knew immediately what our purpose was. We would create a social enterprise that would bring together a community that gives back and that also educates the kids. To raise a generation of eco-conscious kids who want to keep our oceans clean and wildlife safe.”
“It is now believed that there are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean. Of that mass, 269,000 tons float on the surface. While some four billion plastic microfibers per square kilometre litter the deep sea.” **
Making a difference
“The fabric we have chosen for the rashie is a yarn that is all about the regeneration of our environment . This particular yarn is produced using sustainable chemistry. Furthermore, it is made using discarded fishing nets found at the bottom of the ocean as well as other post consumer waste.”
For the sun conscious as well as the style conscious, short-sleeved Bondi Bandit 50+UPF rashies are ideal for surfing, diving or playing in the sun. They come in black, sizes 6-12. A choice of several different slogans are available printed across the chest including “Chillin” “Dawn Patrol” and “Ocean Rebel”. The fabric is not just eco-friendly; it’s also two times more resistant to chlorine, suntan creams and oils than competitors’ fabrics.
And the goodness doesn’t stop there. “We are using Bondi Bandits to help a cause we are both passionate about – girls education. Therefore, we are donating a percentage of the profits to Free To Shine, a charity we have been involved with for a while. They put girls into school in Cambodia who are vulnerable from the sex trafficking industry. We believe our surfing apparel is kids helping other kids. In addition, we one day want to help Free to Shine in a bigger way, maybe an eco factory employing FTS girls!” says Amy Lynch.
I am a Bondi mum who spends a lot of time at the beach with my son, niece and nephew. I can vouch for this gap in the market. Stylish rashies are in the unicorn sector of society. Impossible to find. To have an option that is stylish, affordable and promoting good on so many levels is so welcome.