“According to the World Economic Forum, there will be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050. Every Every year about 8 million tons of rubbish are dumped into the sea, which is equivalent to the weight of 800 “Eiffel Towers” or, in extension, the same as covering 34 times the island of Manhattan.
To combat this problem, several truly sustainable fashion brands have decided to make their garments with garbage they collect from the seas, mainly plastics, which they recycle and turn back into yarn.
The problem of plastic in the ocean
Whether we like it or not, plastic is part of most people’s daily lives. Half of the plastic used every day are single-use items, which have a shelf life of 12 to 15 minutes but can take between 400 and 1,000 years to disintegrate.
Normally these plastics disintegrate into small pieces, the microplastics (plastic particles less than 5mm in diameter), y end up in the seas and are absorbed or ingested by many marine animals. Eventually, they can end up in our bodies through the food chain.
It is a serious problem that requires innovative ideas to solve, such as the following brands, which transform marine litter into sustainable clothing:
1. Bermuda shorts and reversible swimming costumes of the brand Swim Against are made from recycled polyester fabric from post-consumer plastic bottles and polyamide extracted from discarded fishing nets, which account for almost 10% of all ocean pollution.
They are currently the two main causes of pollution in the oceans. It is estimated that there are 650,000 tons of fishing nets abandoned on the seabed and 100 million tons of plastic in the oceans.
In addition, with your purchase, you are also helping those who protect our planet. Since 1% of the proceeds go to NGOs that fight for the preservation of wildlife on our planet.
2. Bikinis created with the brand’s econyl regenerated nylon Maria Malo a type of synthetic nylon that is produced using plastic waste, specifically industrial waste and ocean plastics, such as ghost fishing nets.
This not only means that your bikini has cleaned up a certain amount of waste from such precious seas, but it has also reduced the environmental burden of using new resources and materials.
3.Leggings made from the brand’s100% recycled polyesterLindissims equivalent to 8 post-consumer plastic bottles.
4. Finally, a collection of shoes of the trainer brand Flamingos Life which is associated with the Waste Free Oceans Foundation.(WFO), for every pair of shoes you buy you are helping to clean the ocean.
They collaborate with the WFO Foundation, a Brussels-based organization whose mission is to clean up 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 ultimately reuse marine litter.
WFO has ocean, sea and river cleanup projects in the Azores, Dominican Republic, Hong Kong, the Black Sea and the Danube River.
In addition, the shoes contain an average of 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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