How your fashion choices can help save the planet
Images courtesy of Vissla and Ecoalf
Two major players in regenerating harmful plastic waste for use in fibers that go into your fashion are Repreve & Econyl. At WasteStyle we stock only fashion brands that use reclaimed and recycled materials. You might be amazed at how many familiar faces you’ll see like Patagonia, Ecoalf and Roxy – there are now over seventy brands to choose from.
So how does it work?
Repreve is made by Unifi, a leading global textile solutions company; you can see the transformation process from recycled plastic bottle into recycled fibers like nylon and polyester.
Repreve fiber is used by top global brands in: clothing for fashion, athletics, surfing, and outdoor wear, car interiors, sports equipment, furniture and more… So far Repreve has recycled over 10 Billion plastic bottles: that’s enough to fill the Empire State Building 7.2 times, circle the world 52 times and provide the energy for 95,000 homes for one year.The Econyl regeneration system rescues plastic waste through a string of initiatives and global partnerships. Econyl also helps to empower developing coastal communities. The 6 part system hauls in plastics, like discarded ghost nets, pre and post consumer waste and transforms them into reused textile and carpet yarn – which makes its way into the sustainable fashion you can buy!
What’s the impact?
Every 10,000 tons of Econyl produced avoids: 70,000 barrels of crude oil and 57,000 tons of CO2 emissions. Econyl has joined forces with many high end and high street brands to create more environmentally “Conscious Collections” like the wedding dress range for H&M, made entirely from recycled fishing nets.Major fashion, sports and apparel brands found here on WasteStyle are supplied with Econyl reclaimed materials. The myth? That recycled clothing looks like wearing a bin bag:
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