As we’ve mentioned before on this site, plastic waste is one of the biggest challenges facing our planet today. Using recycled materials is just one of the ways we can reduce the environmental impact when we buy a new pair of shoes. The brands we partner with, Renovare and Oni, both use recycled PET plastic water bottles in their shoes.
The bottles are broken down and transformed into a felt-like textile used in the shoes we carry. Other footwear brands are using recycled plastics too, like this Stella McCartney collaboration with Adidas that uses a yarn made from ocean plastics.
Plastic bottles can also be transformed into polyester fabric for use in clothing (here are some examples from North Face, Recover Brands and Girlfriend Collective). Here are some other fashion brands working to incorporate recycled plastics into their designs.
Using recycled materials is just one of the ways leaders in the footwear and apparel industries are taking steps to provide consumers with more sustainable options. The next time you’re looking for a new pair of shoes or t-shirt, check the label and consider choosing an option that contains recycled materials.