Plastics and oceans: Clothes with recycled plastics

How to help clean the oceans and reuse plastic with sustainable clothing.

According to World Economic Forum, in 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the sea. Every Every year, about 8 million tons of garbage are dumped into the sea, which would be equivalent to the weight of 800 "Eiffeles Towers" or, in extension, the same as covering the island of Manhattan 34 times.

To combat this problem, several truly sustainable fashion brands have decided to make their garments with garbage that they collect from the seas, mainly plastics, which they recycle and turn them back into yarn.

The problem of plastic in the ocean

Whether we like it or not, plastic is part of the daily life of most people. Half of the plastic that is used daily are single-use items, and have a useful life of between 12 to 15 minutes; however, they can take 400 to 1.000 years to disintegrate.

Normally these plastics disintegrate into small pieces, microplastics (plastic particles less than 5mm in diameter), And they end up in the seas and are absorbed or ingested by many marine animals. Finally, they can end up inside our bodies through the food chain.

It is a serious problem that requires innovative ideas to solve, such as the following garments, which transform marine litter into sustainable clothing:

1. Bermuda y reversible swimsuits made with recycled polyester fabric from post-consumer plastic bottles and polyamide drawn from discarded fishing nets thatThey represent almost 10% of all ocean pollution.

Currently they are the two main causes of ocean pollution. There are an estimated 650.000 tons of abandoned fishing nets on the seabed and 100 million tons of plastic in the oceans.

In addition, with the purchase you are also helping those who protect our planet. Since 1% of the income goes to NGOs that fight for the preservation of wildlife on our planet.

2.Bikinis created with regeneyl nylon econyl; a type of synthetic nylon that is produced using plastic waste, specifically industrial waste and ocean plastic, such as ghost fishing nets.

This not only means that your bikini has cleaned a certain amount of debris from such valuable seas, but it has also reduced the environmental burden that comes with the use of new resources and materials.

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3.Leggings made with 100% recycled polyester equivalent to 8 post-consumer plastic bottles.

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4. By last, a sneaker collection that is associated with the Waste Free Oceans foundation (WFO), for every pair of shoes you buy you are helping to clean up the ocean.

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They collaborate with the WFO foundation, an organization based in Brussels, whose mission is to clean marine plastic and transform it into innovative products.

By connecting local fishermen, recycling companies and political actors, together with WFO they aim to reduce, recycle and finally reuse marine litter.

WFO has ocean, seas and river cleanup projects in the Azores Islands, the Dominican Republic, Hong Kong, the Black Sea and the Danube River.

In addition, the shoes contain on average two recycled plastic bottles. So for every pair of shoes you buy, you are directly helping to reduce the environmental problem that exists with plastics.

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