16 bottles for a dress, 60 for a winter jacket; now you can really wear sustainable fashion and make it count.
Plastic can be spun into yarns used to make clothing, shoes, bags, or anything else that we make from fabric. Famously, fishing nets confiscated by Sea Shepherd have been made into shoes by Adidas, but Waste2wear is a company that was spinning yarn from plastic long before. They transform plastic water bottles into functional and fashionable fabrics that are already being used by several big clothing brands. 30% of the bottles used in their production process was fished out of the ocean.
Monique Maissan started her career as a buyer for a big clothing company, but left there 22 years ago to start her own clothing company in China: Vision Textiles.
While there, she started to take an interest in clothing recycling and recycled resources for fabric, way before it was the cool thing to do. This decade-long quest eventually resulted in Waste2Wear, an organization that recycles plastic water bottles into yarn, 30% of which are collected from the ocean.
With several big brands from the Netherlands, Waste2Wear developed clothing that went on sale this summer, and which can be recognized by the Waste2Wear label, which indicates the amount of recycled bottles the garment contains.
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