The Riz Journal - sustainable design process, style inspiration, surf life, and our mission: to turn ocean plastics into board shorts #bottlestoboardshorts.

Plastic Bag Landscapes

At first glance, Vilde Rolfsen’s series could be mistaken for photographs of beautifully lit ice caves or aerial shots of frozen landscapes. They are not photographs of the natural world however, but images of a scourge of our environment: the once ubiquitous plastic bag.

The Sun and Your Skin

We love to feel the sun’s warming rays on our skin, but despite the many benefits of sunshine there is also a delicate balance that needs to be struck. Find out how to keep your skin healthy in the sun, whatever the season, with these skincare tips for men from expert Sarah Carr.

My Environment: Jason Bergin, Urban Recovery

Living in a major city needn’t mean that there is a disconnection between a person and the natural world. Jason Bergin promotes physical and mental wellness through watersports, both at home and away and in both urban and natural environments. Here's his story:

Forever Summer: The Soul & Surf Story

The story of Soul & Surf is the sort of tale that many people daydream about calling their own. In 2009 Ed and Sofie Templeton left their lives in Brighton behind and set up a unique surf and yoga destination in India.

Designing the Indefinable

Design should be rooted in solving a problem or improving an existing situation, otherwise it is gratuitous. The task of designing an “all-day” short that is both smart and relaxed, and that can be worn from sun-up to sun-down, was a real challenge and one that Riz has relished.

Tales of Sustainable Swimwear

Thanks to the lovely guys at Pebble Magazine for the interview feature about the highs and lows of our sustainable swimwear brand.

You, the Ocean and Me: Doodles in a Designer's Diary

When I close my eyes, this is what I see: a calm blue sea. But maybe that’s just me. I know that the reality is very different, I know that our oceans are increasingly awash with plastics, and it breaks my heart.

Its Always Summer Somewhere Giveaway

It's always great to see where you take your Riz's. So for a chance to win a pair another pair of shorts, share the summer love and share your best inspirational photo's on Instagram

The Pole House, Australia

Australia does beach houses very well indeed, and one of the most iconic is The Pole House - an incredible and unique property perched 40 metres above the beach at Fairhaven on the Great Ocean Road.

Perfect Trim: Corozo Buttons

The phrase “God is in the detail” reminds us that it is the little things that count, and that we should pay attention to every element of our work no matter how small or trivial it may seem. Our corozo buttons, made from the nut of the tagua palm, are one example of this attention to detail.

HELP, The Age of Plastic

Five million brightly coloured plastic bottle tops have been laid out on the island of Mozia, Sicily, spelling the word “HELP” in an art installation that aims to draw attention to marine pollution. The work, symbolising the 'Age of Plastic', has been created by Italian artist Maria Cristina Finucci and its part of her broader initative titled 'Garbage Patch State'.

Photography - A thousand kisses deep

Shot off the coast of the romote island of Niue in the middle of the South Pacific, these stunning images evoke the silence and the grandeur of the ocean. A beauty missed by words, vunerable yet so free. Captured by Ian and Erick Regnard using large format polaroids, the waters were so clear that visabilty was between 60-100 metres. The resulting photographs are just timeless.

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