How Recycled Water Bottles Can Help Make Clothes
Around the world, there is a growing concern regarding plastic. With half of all plastics intended for single-use consumption and 8 million metric tons of plastic ending up in our oceans each year, these concerns are not unfounded considering the global usage of plastic overall. Plastic is non-biodegradable, so the goal is not only to reduce the amount of plastic we continue to generate but also to figure out a solution for the exorbitant amount of non-biodegradable plastic waste we’ve already created. Solutions are possible, but they require innovation and creativity. What better place to start than by looking at one of the most common forms of plastic waste we see every day: water bottles.
These intimidating figures regarding plastics have led some to turn to the fashion industry for change. Clothing production requires a surplus of synthetic materials, and the fast fashion industry has received heightened criticism in recent years for their plastic generation within materials such as nylon and polyester. Many clothing companies, such as Reima, have decided to embrace eco-friendly practices and materials in their clothing, with many using plastic fabrics to create clothes made from recycled water bottles. As a huge contributor to plastic waste, creating clothes from recycled water bottles could be a huge step in the right direction as we give revitalized life to something that was previously only destined to be wasted.
In this article, we’ll explore how it’s possible to develop clothes made from recycled water bottles as well as how recycled plastics can help us make progress in the fight against climate change.