These Hip Clothes are Made from Ocean Trash and Other Plastic Waste

By: Katherine Pendrill - Jul 20, 2015
References: outerknown & fastcoexist
Championship surfer Kelly Slater is now producing a line of recyclable apparel that is made entirely out of waste materials. The new line is called the 'Evolution Series' and it features clothing made out of recyclable materials collected from the surface of the ocean.

Slater was inspired to create the collection after noticing the abundance of fishing nets and other plastic waste floating in the ocean. He partnered with a company called 'Aquafil' to devise a way of turing these old fishing nets into a new yarn called 'Econyl.' The abandoned nets are collected from all over the world and then combined with carpets and other nylon waste to make the Econyl fabric. The sustainable fabric is then used to make various pieces of recyclable apparel such as sweatshirts, sweaters and jackets.

What is most interesting about the Econyl fabric is that it is infinitely recyclable. This means that once a garment is worn out, it can be sent back to the company and turned into something new.