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From the latest in style and design to the impact waste is having on our planet and great solutions to create a better future for all.

July 25, 2018Corporations Committed to the WasteStyle Way Photo from inriodulce.com The world has been waking up to the dangers of plastic waste and pollution for a while – but it seems things are really ramping up in 2018! Social media feeds are flooded with memes, images, articles, short videos and loads of ideas about plastic waste, recycling, using reclaimed materials, sourcing sustainably, environmental impact and companies “doing their bit”. It feels like individually and collectively we are all becoming more eco-conscious and committed to reducing waste and living on a less polluted, healthier Earth. This is good news! It’s no secret that the pressure is on big business to step up their commitment to environmentally sustainable practice. So many small grass roots movements and companies need help and investment from the big players; so this is a win-win situation. Governments and corporations are tackling the urgent problem of plastic waste and pollution on a global scale. Sir David Attenborough’s award winning Blue Planet series did so much to raise our awareness of the huge dangers our planet faces because of ocean waste. Glued to our screens, his work has had a massive ripple effect: impacting government environmental policies globally and fostering an international conversation between countries and corporations about engineering environmentally friendly manufacturing and transportation practices, as well as plastic waste reduction, reuse and recycling initiatives. This is a huge task; the task of a generation, and covers all aspects of consumerism from clothing to packaging, furniture and toys. What’s clear is that it’s going to take teamwork. The giant conglomerates have to take a stand – and some of them are. So which companies are stepping up and how are they doing things the WasteStyle way? We’ve been checking them out. EVIAN An estimated 1 million plastic bottles are sold around the world every minute! The majority of these are water bottles. The French bottled water company, Evian has partnered with Montreal start-up Loop Industries and the non-profit organization Ocean Clean Up (for more on this have a read of the article Plastic…Fantastic?). Evian’s aim is to use 100% recycled and recyclable plastic and create a “circular” life cycle for its bottles. How? In conjunction with their campaign to increase consumer’s awareness about recycling. Evian’s factory in France is also carbon neutral and they use a private train line to transport their products – reducing fossil fuel use at every level. PROCTOR & GAMBLE (P&G) Fairy is one of the world’s most popular washing up liquids, and its holding company P&G has just launched the Fairy Ocean Plastic bottle. It is made from 90% post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic and 10% plastic rescued from the ocean. Teamed with the US company TerraCycle, P&G hopes to inspire consumers to get involved in beach cleanups and promote awareness of ocean plastic and hard to recycle household waste. TIMBERLAND Has partnered with Thread to make boots made from plastic bottles collected from beaches in Haiti. This totally embodies everything we stand for and promote at WasteStyle. Collecting dangerous litter, beautifying and cleaning the environment, employing local, often disadvantaged people, and making recycled, recyclable and stylish footwear. Check out their video. PATAGONIA We’re proud to promote Patagonia, which has long been a proponent of reducing excess consumerism, and creating quality clothing from recycled, reclaimed and sustainable materials turning plastics into parkas and using natural rubber for their wetsuits. Patagonia is politically active in promoting eco-conscious leaders too, and their advertising is aimed at raising consumer awareness. Browse Patagonia products on WasteStyle here. IKEA This most famous of Swedish brands has been the recipient of numerous awards for its eco-conscious packaging. Aware of the devastating impact polystyrene packaging has on the environment, the furniture retailer is looking to use the biodegradable mycelium “fungi packaging” as part of its efforts to reduce waste and increase recycling. Find out more about it here. ADIDAS Has teamed up with Parley – by collaborating and funding Parley’s ocean clean up drive to turn plastic into high performance products. Adidas is about to launch its first ever shoes made from fiber made from plastic ocean waste. LEGO One of the world’s most famous plastic toy brands, we’re pleased to see that Lego is launching is first plant-based, recyclable “bio- plastic” products this year. In line with its intent, the products will be trees and plants! The new-style Lego toys are made from polyethylene – a soft, durable and flexible plastic made with ethanol extracted from sugar cane. Until now Lego’s toys were made with environmentally damaging fossil fuel based plastic. Lego is pushing consumer awareness and has teamed up with WWF and the Bioplastic Feedstock to engage in fully sustainable sourcing. It’s a good beginning. JAGUAR LANDROVER – FROM WASTE TO WAVE In 2017 JAGUAR LANDROVER, one of the world’s leading car manufacturers committed to a zero waste policy. Amongst their many “second life” initiatives, they’ve made a move from land to sea. Taking plastic from early design models, previously destroyed, they’re using it to create surf and paddle boards. YOUR THOUGHTS Whilst these companies are taking an active stand in reducing and recycling toxic waste, what more could they be doing? Which companies would you like to see speak up and do more? Are they really addressing the urgency of the situation or are we simply seeing some good PR speech bubbles and a commercially motivated jump onto the eco-bandwagon? At WasteStyle we hope they take their roles as leading brands seriously, and invest their resources and their waste in global clean up projects. We want to see their efforts expand more rapidly, and the conversation to cross-pollinate between corporations, countries and communities, and across engineering, science and government policy. What do you think? Are we seeing a real shift in policy? Are they doing enough? What more could happen? We’d love to hear your comments! [...] Read more...
April 8, 2018WasteStyle Sports Wear & Sports Gear Image courtesy of Totemmi Isn’t it amazing how many incredible sports exist because of our miraculous planet? The oceans give us surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, windsurfing, waterskiing, kite surfing and more. The mountains give us skiing, climbing, hiking and sledding. Practices like yoga and tai chi were born in the tranquility of the countryside. What could be more delightful than mountain biking through a jungle, or walking and picnicking in the woods? And yet while Mother Nature has given us so much, many of our sports equipment is made using plastics in things like fiberglass: from skis, to surfboards and boats. Plastic is the major cause of damage to our oceans and environment – harming and killing wildlife, and poisoning our waters. Luckily for the eco-conscious sports enthusiast there are now sportswear clothing ranges available for men and women from companies committed to creating sports equipment made entirely of recycled plastic fibers like Repreve. And you can find them here at WasteStyle. Scroll down for tips on sports clothing for men and women, as well as our favorite sporting accessories. Women’s wear Summer and winter wear – beach bikinis, mountain jackets, yoga leggings and sports bras have long been made with elastics. WasteStyle stocks fabulous brands that only use 100% recycled materials. The word Yoga means unity – and applies to both inner and outer unity. It seems important then, that yoga clothes are made sustainably! Check out the range of funk leggings from Inspire Active Wear’s, Nube 9 and Sports Philosophy. Image courtesy of Sports Philosophy Totemmi sports bras are made with both your comfort and fit in mind, as well as the health of the planet. Finch has a range of swimwear for the whole family. Menswear Image courtesy of Vissla For swimwear made from recycled plastics check out these great ranges by Vissla. For warmer gear check out the jackets by Kathmandu and Norrona. Sports equipment Slowly but surely the industry is changing – and these skateboards made with 100% recycled marine plastics by Bureo are testament to that. Image courtesy of Bureo Yoga mats from Prana are made from non-Amazon harvested tree rubber for an excellent grip in any pose! For more info on the impact of deforestation and using reclaimed and sustainably sourced wood have a read of Timber! And for the surfers out there, we’ve found the likes of Spirare who make surfboards out of recycled waste. Image courtesy of Spirare And check out the blog post Waste Is The New Black to learn more about how plastics are recycled and reused, and the impact this has on the planet and communities. All the brands we promote believe in creating sustainable businesses – so that we can all continue to enjoy the planet, and all the sporting opportunities on land and water for generations to come! [...] Read more...
March 3, 2018Wearing Plastic? How your fashion choices can help save the planet Images courtesy of Vissla and Ecoalf Conscious clothing is becoming a huge factor in how we can contribute to plastic waste reduction. And it doesn’t have to break the bank. At WasteStyle we’re committed to doing our part – and making it easy for you to do the same. There are companies the world over using imaginative and inventive methods to drastically reduce our plastic footprint – with style! From fashion to furniture, the way we make and shape our world is changing, for the better. Now we can make more conscious and informed choices about the kinds of labels we buy. Choosing brands that actively work with leading renewable manufacturers is a huge step in moving away from the unsustainable past. Who? 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! Image courtesy of Econyl 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: The reality is so much more stylish and diverse from designer dresses from Eileen Fisher to smart casualwear from Sandra Meynier Kang. Image courtesy of Eileen Fisher and SMK Was this article helpful? Read our other posts or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to keep up with all the latest in recycled and reclaimed style and design. Alternatively, if you have any question, feel free to let us know here. We’ll aim to provide you with useful information so you can make more conscious clothing choices. WasteStye. Looking good by doing good. [...] Read more...
July 5, 2017Image courtesy of rapanuiclothing.com With the rise of Tesla Motors, China investing over $385 billion into renewable power generation and South Korea building a city without cars, it is clear that going green is this year’s political statement. Fashion follows it too.These actions should not be surprising as plastic waste is a huge problem. Every second, about 20,000 plastic bottles are purchased, while in 2016 less than half of the bought bottles were collected for recycling. Only 7% of the collected bottles were brought back to life. Consequently, most plastic bottles end up in landfill or in our oceans. Research by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation argues that by 2050, oceans will hold more plastic in weight than fish.Seeing that, well-known fashion brands are working on being part of the solution. One of the best examples is Adidas. The first prototype of Adidas x Parley Ocean Plastic trainers was revealed in July 2015. A limited edition of 50 pairs was specifically launched on World Oceans Day in 2016. In more recent news, Stella McCartney created the Ultra Boost trainer for the brand. An all white trainer was created from approximately 11 plastic bottles which otherwise would have ended up polluting our environment. Discarded material was turned into shoelaces, built-in sock liner covers, as well as the webbing and lining of the heel. Image courtesy of Mat Hayward/Getty Images In addition, Timberland’s boot company has been using recycled plastic bottles to form part of their shoe soles for some time. Recently it has been turning bottles into thread and using it for non-leather boots, too. So far, Timberland has reworked 233 million bottles and wants to ensure that 100% of their boots include recycled material by 2020.Another brand which turns plastic waste from the ocean into wearable items, is RAW for the Oceans, created by the singer Pharrell Williams. All of the line’s clothes are made using plastic picked along shorelines worldwide. The material used is called Bionic Yarn, which Williams cofounded. The North Face is also continuously increasing the amount of recycled plastic they use. Their iconic Denali Jacket fleece is made from plastic bottles, which helps to keep 30 million of them off of landfills each year. The brand also uses dry pellets to dye the yarn, which reduces the use of water by 50%, up to 50% less chemicals and 25% less energy. Now you can look beyond cleaner cars and energy to help improve the weak state of our environment. Choose to buy your everyday household and fashion items that help clean our oceans and reduce landfills. So have a browse on WasteStyle, your one-stop shop for products made from recycled and reclaimed waste, while still offering breathtaking style and design. [...] Read more...
July 5, 2017Best for Baby & Best for Planet Earth Eco-friendly baby clothes, toys and accessories Images courtesy of Green Toys As loving parents, our first thought when we wake up and our last concern as we go to sleep at night is the security, health, wellbeing and happiness of our children.The world of baby and childcare has been filled with plastic, often single use and toxic. One of the biggest expenses for any new parent is diapers – which cost on average around $4,000 over two years. Great for Moms and Dads, terrible for the planet, Diapers contribute around 2% of the total landfill in the USA. For ideas on how to go greener without the hassle of using cloths check out this super helpful eco parenting blog parents.com.Everyday baby necessities, from diapers to milk bottles, sippy cups to car seats, toys to stair barriers and even baby clothes seem to have been made from plastics, non-recycled or non-recyclable material. Until now… Yes! For eco-conscious parents, things are looking up! Bringing up your baby the natural way is easier than ever before. We want to raise our children in a clean, toxic-free household, and hand over a cleaner planet to them – and this can start from the very the beginning, with babyhood. Parental care and caring for Mother Nature can go hand in hand – and we believe they should. At WasteStyle we stock a range of baby products: from slings that use Repreve fibers to toys made out of recycled plastics, helping you keep your bundles of joy safe, and helping to save the planet at the same time. We’re only as good as the company we keep and the companies we work with are committed to sustainability, waste reduction and social responsibility. Image courtesy of TekhniWoven Baby Slings from Tekni Wovens is an innovative company established in 2013 by baby wearing Mom and designer Alisa DeMarco that supports “baby wearing” parents, for day long cuddles in beautifully crafted fabrics using polyfibers from Repreve. Eco-friendly Toys Toys made of recycled plastics are both environmentally friendly and safe and they are now much easier to purchase. We’ve teamed up with several companies whose manufacturing standards are top quality and all their fabulous toys are not only great fun for kids but 100% recycled plastic, BPA* free and printed with non-toxic, organic inks and dyes. You’ll find (toy) trains, planes and automobiles, flower making kits and even eco-friendly skipping ropes here! Image courtesy of Green Toys Eco-friendly Baby and Childcare Accessories Yes – even the most plastic heavy sector of child-care can be done using environmentally friendly products. Like child gate barriers for stairs, baby bottles, sippy cups and diapers. Image courtesy of The Stair Barrier All the products you’ll find on WasteStyle are made from recycled harmful waste such as plastics and reclaimed waste such as wood and glass. We hope this article has helped you with some environmentally friendly parenting tips. At WasteStyle we are dedicated to eco-parenting our children and the planet for future generations! *Bisphenol-A (BPA), phthalates, nitrosamines, lead, PVC, PET, Tritan and biologically harmful chemicals. [...] Read more...
July 5, 2017The Benefits of Reclaimed Wood Explained Reclaimed wood is an Eco-friendly approach that, if used more often, could improve the dwindling natural resource of our planet’s tree population. Our forests, especially rainforests, are being decimated for wood, paper and the meat industry. Replantation is happening – but it isn’t keeping up. According to a 2015 report by Time magazine: “The global tree count has fallen by 46% since the dawn of human civilization.” And most of that happened in the last two hundred years alone… So we have created an urgent situation. Where does Reclaimed wood come from? From elite beginnings, reclaimed wood is now becoming mainstream and affordable. But where does reclaimed wood come from? Anywhere and everywhere! • Storm damaged trees, or trees that have toppled over / fallen into rivers / died naturally. • Razed structures like barns, public buildings, retired mills and factories – these buildings often contain large quantities of wood like oak, chestnut and pine. • Railway sleepers, fences, wine barrels, beer casks and pickling containers. • Old ships and shipping crates • Flooring and Furniture • Gymnasiums, stables, stadiums. • Pallets • Bowling alleys • Amusement parks – the list goes on! The Eco-Impact Choosing to use reclaimed wood • Saves energy • Reduces fossil fuel use • Reduces virgin timber harvesting • Reduces damaging impact on wildlife, flora and fauna • Trees are the planets “lung” they transform CO2 into O2. We need trees to breathe! • Reclaimed wood is stronger than virgin wood – more durable • Eliminates pollution caused from landfill burning Designer benefits Reclaimed wood brings a wealth of character to your home. Imbued and embedded with history, dented, aged, perhaps with scars of wear and tear – each piece of timber has its story. Guests will inevitably marvel at these gorgeous and highly individual pieces. Not only do they add flavor and atmosphere to your home, they’re often really easy to treat and maintain, over virgin timber. Woods like cherry or oak will hold their unique appearance forever! Reclaimed wood is another major step toward using and reusing our planet’s natural resources. So, have a browse on WasteStyle for fabulous furniture made with reclaimed wood! [...] Read more...
July 1, 2017Image courtesy of Sundance With spring and warm weather here at last, we’ve been thinking about home and garden décor at WasteStyle. At spring-cleaning time, it’s out with the old, and in with the new. But de-clutter and replenish the eco-friendly by going in with the old again! Well – reclaimed and recycled materials transformed into beautiful furniture and features for the home and garden. We’ve got a tantalizing selection of beautifully crafted designs to suit every budget – from the expensive, unique and designer to the quirky, eye-catching and affordable. Why Buy Furniture Made from Recycled and Reclaimed Materials? 1) It looks awesome, it’s unique and it lasts a long, loooong time 2) You’re helping to save the planet 3) … What more do you want?! The global focus on climate change and how we can all do our bit to rescue and regenerate the planet, by recycling her resources, has created a space for skilled artisans, carpenters and designers to showcase their talents. Designers are increasingly under pressure to produce environmentally friendly buildings, fittings and furniture, from tables and chairs to carpets and lights. This means that creating a beautiful home and garden can be done in really eco-friendly ways – without having to sacrifice on style! Unique furniture for your home, check out WasteStyle’s top picks: Garden and Patio Image courtesy of Vivaterra Busting through the myth that reused plastic looks tacky and cheap, we’ve brought together the best of the best in eco-friendly garden & patio furniture and accessories.Recycled plastic furniture comes with many benefits: it looks great, it’s durable, it’s extremely low-maintenance, and you are contributing in a massive way to plastic waste reduction. Enjoy a lazy, sunny, Sunday afternoon in this lovely outdoor lounge chair made with recycled rubber and teak from Vivaterra. Image courtesy of Vivaterra Sundance design and produce stylish and durable outdoor garden dining and quaint picnic style furniture. Founded by Robert Redford, Sundance has been leading the way for a while in the reclaimed and recycled design space. Image courtesy of Sundance Pottery Barn specializes in fabulous pot plant designs using reclaimed metals and woods. For some really quirky and fun planters-come-wine holders take a look at France & Son’s fabulous Whale Planter and Cooler and Metal Barrel Deer Planter / Wine Cooler. Image courtesy of France & Son’s West Elm has a beautiful collection of durable outdoor accessories such as cushions, pillows and rugs. Home Interiors For characterful pieces of furniture, it’s hard to beat reclaimed wood – every plank has a story! Old oak, elm, ebony, walnut you name it, reclaimed wood tends to be longer lasting and stronger than virgin timber. Have a look at some of WasteStyle’s favorites: Recycled Brooklyn has some really stand out pieces that are sure to be a talking point with envious guests. Image courtesy of Recycled Brooklyn Beautiful earthy pieces by Sierra Living Concept featuring stunning distressed woods. Image courtesy of Sierra Living Concepts High quality Antique looking furniture from Pottery Barn. Image courtesy of Pottery Barn Companies with a conscience are coming together in their droves to create sustainable ways for us to live well and for Planet Earth to thrive too. Many companies in the renewable and eco-friendly sector have tree-planting programs; ocean plastic cleansing schemes; employ locals in developing communities and contribute in countless other ways, so your investment in sustainable furniture helps the planet in more ways than one. For more on the importance, impact and benefit of using reclaimed wood, and how it all works check out our blog post Timber! Interested in the impact of recycling plastic waste? Check out the article Waste is the New Black. [...] Read more...
July 1, 20171. Buy furniture for the home and garden that’s made using recycled plastic, glass and reclaimed wood. This helps to reduce the ravages of deforestation and waste in our oceans and the wider environment. You’re also recycling waste, rather than generating more. Check out WasteStyle’s patio ware and beautiful furniture. 2. Choose fittings that are easy to maintain and have longevity and flexibility. This reduces waste and the need to use toxic cleaning products. For instance ECONYL StayClean nylon yarn is a stain-resistant sustainable yarn for carpets with a built in stain protection. This durability means that carpets can be cleaned using only water treatment and last forever. 3. Decorations for both indoor and outdoor use come in all shapes and surprising sizes – like Raven + Lily’s candles in jars made from recycled glass. From large set-pieces of furniture to nick nacks and smaller decorative items – everything in your home and garden can help reduce waste if you go down the “reclaim, recycle, reuse” route. Image courtesy of Raven + Lily’s 4. Say no to using plastic straws, disposable razors, one-use plastic cups and cutlery, overly packaged food in supermarkets, diapers, etc. 5. Stop using plastic shopping bags – there are now a variety of recycled “bags for life” that are easily available literally everywhere. 6. Use durable thermos flasks and “Keep Cups” instead of throwaway single use plastic and paper cups for takeaway tea and coffee. 7. This probably goes without saying – but organize your garbage into organic waste, plastic, metal, glass, paper… and recycle. Once you’ve got your bins sorted, it’s easy sailing from there. Maybe organize a neighborhood litter-pick, or simply pick up litter and recycle it when you go for a walk. Every effort helps. 8. Conscious Clothing: your personal style can make a massive contribution to reducing plastic waste. How? Buy and donate clothing to charity shops, shop from fashion ranges that use recycled fibers like Repreve. At WasteStyle we have a huge array of women’s wear, menswear, kids clothing and sportswear to choose from. 9. Sports equipment – traditionally use a lot of plastic. These days you can make a better choice and shop WasteStyle to find eco-friendly sports wear and equipment . 10. Children’s Toys – another area where single use plastic and plastic waste has sky rocketed. But now? You can find plenty of eco-conscious companies that use recycled plastics, non-toxic and organic dyes. Image courtesy of Green Toys The stats speak for themselves: only 7% of plastic bottles actually got recycled in the U.S.A in 2017. By 2050 we will have more plastic in the ocean by weight than fish, if we continue polluting with plastic. This endangers not only the planet, but us humans too! Thanks to David Attenborough’s award winning series Blue Planet II – a must watch series – we know the urgency, and we know what we can do about it! When in doubt remember the 3 Rs: Reclaim, Recycle, Reuse! [...] Read more...

 

 

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