How to be fashionable and eco friendly
Fashion and recycling may not be the most natural of marriages, but in recent times the two have crossed wires more and more. As trends such as Danish inspired ‘hygge’ lifestyle grow, people are beginning to find simple and eco-friendly garments that don’t cost us the earth. While at ReGen our focus is recycling, some fashionistas are upcycling their way to improved wardrobes.
As YouTube and Instagram fill up with bloggers detailing the latest fashion trends there are some keeping a keen eye on green trends. Cassandra Ciarallo, fashion blogger, recently took a trip to Bali and discovered more about how rubber was damaging the local environment. The tourist-fuelled economy is being hindered by neighbouring Indonesia where 10% of global sea waste originates. The waste problem is so severe that in late 2017, Bali declared their waste problem a national emergency.
So, what did Cassandra discover? Aside from ‘waste rubber’, there was also a booming accessories industry based on recovered rubber being upcycled. Local artists were making necklaces, bracelets and even pieces of art from waste tires. See their works on her Instagram account here.
Other waste wears
In recent times, the fashion industry has started addressing their own waste and their audiences approve. From football kits to high heels and everything in between, fashion is going green. Sportswear manufacturing giant Adidas has announced they will make Man Utd’s kit from ocean plastic and some smaller firms exclusively use ‘rubbish’ to make their wares.
The upper echelons of fashion have also made the shift towards sustainable clothing, a great example was London Fashion Week. This year 2 designers used to the catwalk to present clothes made entirely of recycled plastic. One designer even produced leather from chestnuts and made an outfit out of recycled plastics!
At ReGen, we may not produce the latest fashions but we do breathe new life into used materials. Using the latest tech, we are able to save the materials needed to produce fashions, from landfill. Presently, we recycle multiple types of plastic and a host of other materials. Our work may or not find itself on the catwalk, but we ensure that it doesn’t end up in the ground or poisoning the seas.
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