Jerry Delaney and his brother, Sam, co-founded Greenlines as a means to solve their frustrations finding the perfect board shorts at the beginning of beach season each year. In the design phase, the pair decided to use yarn made of recycled polyester. Approximately 24 plastic bottles go into every pair of Greenlines shorts. Now five years in the making, the Delaney brothers’ green-minded surf products are found in more than 100 stores and through the brand’s website. “[Recycled polyester] is the softest, most comfortable material you can find,” Delaney says. “The water just beads right off. When you have lifeguards out there wearing these shorts every day, it’s a real testament to the product. These hold up.”