Everyone knows that recycling is the earth-friendly way to deal with plastic, glass and aluminum. There are also plenty of ways to reuse the bottles your spaghetti sauce or pickles come packaged in, but did you know there are plenty of clothing lines and designers who are using recycled materials to create top fashions of all sorts? Here are just a few of the labels that sell clothing and accessories made from reclaimed burlap, plastic bottles and other materials that might otherwise end up in landfills.
Levi's Waste<Less Collection is men's line of jeans that are made from used plastic drinking bottles. It takes approximately 8 bottles to create one pair of jeans. The polyester fibers created through the recycling process are blended with cotton and woven to create denim used for jeans and jackets.
Smartglass Recycled Jewelry uses glass beverage bottles to create unique and colorful earrings, necklaces and rings. Everything from delicate, rectangular earrings made from scraps of blue, green and gold glass to open-worked circular pendants, this is jewelry anyone who cares about the environment can be proud to own.
Baremade is a line of accessories started by Jessica Biel, her brother Justin Biel and his friend, Grason Ratowsky. Handmade in Colorado, the totes, handbags, backpacks and duffel bags are made from burlap coffee sacks. Featuring bold graphics and sturdy construction, it's just one more way to help save the earth and look cool all at the same time.
Mari Cla Ro is a Canadian company that thrives on sustainability. Whether it is creating backpacks from deployed air bags or designing handbags from old seat belts and car upholstery, they are providing amazing products from materials that might otherwise sit in a landfill for millions of years. Completely functional and stylish at the same time, they also have jewelry created from such items as 8mm film and reclaimed luxury car wooden dashboards.
Platinum Dirt, based in Oakland, California also looks to used automobile materials for inspiration. Amazing leather jackets made from reclaimed leather that originally graced such luxury vehicles from makers like Cadillac, Mercedes Benz and BMW are just one of this companies handcrafted items. Clutches from visors and handbags from more leather seating are also available.
No one can save the environment on their own. Each person must do their part to live a more sustainable life, whether it is composting, using reusable shopping bags or choosing clothing and accessories from eco-designers. Do your part today.