Recycling isn’t just about using different coloured bins at home. They are essential, but we have to think constantly about what else can be done. Luckily lots of people are doing just that.
What do fashion and roads have in common?
Recycling isn’t just about using different coloured bins at home. They are essential, but we have to constantly think what else can be done. Luckily lots of people are doing just that.
Closing the Loop in Fashion
Imagine a world in which all new clothes were made from existing textiles. The ‘closed-loop’ technology for this already exists, whereby we can produce fibres comparable in quality with the original. More generally there are many ways to make use of your discarded clothes. Clothing businesses are taking note and there are lots of ‘Shwopping’ schemes. For instance Oxfam and M&S have teamed up and you can recycle your clothes in their shops.
Second Lives for Plastic
About as far as you can get from fashion, there’s a new player on the street: recycled plastic.
A British inventor has created an innovative process to replace much of the oil-based asphalt in roads with pellets of recycled plastic, after remembering seeing potholes filled with melted plastic trash in India.
For other examples, see how the environmental organisation Parley for the Oceans and Bionicyarn has helped G-Star Raw design a recycled plastic denim range, and Adidas have incorporated recycled ocean plastic into some of its latest running shoes .