Six ways garbage can be recycled into fashion items


  • Designers are turning to waste to make new products with the aim of reducing pollution.
  • Plastic waste can be turned into bracelets and bucket hats as well as shoes.
  • You can create new items from the most unlikely items, like pull tabs, fire hoses, and mangoes.

The transcript of the video is below.

Méline: Fruitleather is a Dutch company that collects around 1,500 mangoes every week to make vegan leather. Leather is made by crushing the pulp of mangoes with a machine. The pulp is then mixed with various additives to make it a leather-like material. To obtain a uniform thickness, the mixture is spread on metal baking sheets. Then the trays are placed in a dehydrator overnight. The sheets are then sent to a leather finishing plant to be protected with a protective glaze. It follows the same procedure as for animal skin. The thickness of each sheet is measured by workers who then mix resins to create the coating. This forms a thin film that protects the sheet from the elements. As the leaves pass, a machine applies a thin protective layer to the leather. To dry the coating, the leather sheets are then rolled in an oven before being dried. Finally, they are completely dried on racks. To make them more durable, each leaf goes through several times. The coating layers are then glued together by another machine using heat and pressure. Conception is the last step. The last step is the conception. The leather is then used to make shoes and handbags all over the world.

Each year, about 180 billion cans of soda are thrown away. Bottletop recycles nearly 1,500 pounds of this waste each year by making designer handbags from the tabs. Materials are first purchased from waste pickers, or taken directly from landfills. They are then sorted and sold. The tabs are then thoroughly washed in a machine, dried and hung to dry. The tabs are then separated by workers and painted. The tops are then sewn together in the same way as for crochet weaving. This Bellani bag took eight hours to create and used exactly 1,252 tabs. These bags are available in various sizes and can be purchased between $ 50 and $ 918.

Each year, 4 tons of fire hoses are thrown by the London fire brigade. Kresse and Elvis Wesling have worked with the London Fire Department since 2005 to recycle their fire hoses and make luxury bags and accessories. They donate 50% of their profits to charity. The material of the fire hose is nitrile rubber. This is a high quality synthetic material, resistant to heat and water. Kresse and Elvis had to create their own machines and equipment to process fire hoses because manufacturers in the luxury accessory industries were unsure of how to use them. First, they clean the material, then decide what to do with it. Once the material is washed, it is cut and then split to make it suitable for bagging. There are 44 meters of material left after that. The pattern pieces are then cut and sewn into the product. They prevented nearly 200 tons from being thrown away, including coffee bags (tea bags), fire hoses and leather scraps.

Plastic bags can be used to make crochet accessories. Simply form the bags into threads similar to threads. Grace Xu, the creator of TikTok, made a bag, bob and cardigan entirely from plastic bags. Xu followed Josh Hillary’s tutorial to learn this technique. You can transform your plastic bags into a “plane”, you can also use plastic thread. Start by folding each bag into a long piece. Then cut the bags into pieces. You can then tie the strips together to make enough for you to crochet. You can create a unique crochet pattern using any of the colors or patterns in the bags.

Adidas has been working in partnership since 2015 with Parley for the Oceans, an environmental organization that works to reduce marine pollution. Waste is first collected on the coast. Once the waste is sorted, it is sent to an Adidas treatment center. Adidas uses polyethylene terephthalate (or PET) bottles and all the materials it does not need, like caps and rings, are sent to standard recycling facilities. The waste is crushed, washed and dried at the processing plant, leaving only small plastic flakes. The flakes can be heated, dried and cooled before being made into small resin pellets. Adidas melts these granules into a filament which it spins in oceanic plastic, in the form of a polyester thread. Adidas uses ocean plastic for the uppers of their shoes and clothing, such as jerseys. Parley’s Parley collection contains at least 75% of the marine litter it has intercepted. Adidas claims the products are as comfortable and performant as their other shoes. Adidas claims that more than half of its clothing is made from recycled polyester. Recycled polyester is cheaper and uses fewer chemicals. It also helps reduce plastic pollution. Adidas’ goal is to replace virgin polyester with recycled polyester by 2024.

These bracelets clean the ocean. All 4Ocean products come with a warranty. “one pound promise” It takes 1 pound of garbage to clean up oceans, rivers and coasts. 4Ocean sells the bracelets as well as other products made from recycled plastics such as water bottles and cell phone cases online. He also uses the money to pay for beach and ocean cleanup efforts. Since 2017, the company has collected 17 million pounds of waste.


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