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40 Upcycled Fashion Innovations

From Recycled Plastic Leggings to Repurposed Metal Rings

— September 2, 2017 — Eco
These upcycled fashion innovations range from recycled plastic leggings to sleek wedding bands that are actually crafted out of recycled metal. Addressing the ongoing environmental damage caused by discarded plastic bottles, mainstream and independent clothing brands are aiming to make a difference with clothing that makes use of the material. Girlfriend Collective's black leggings, adidas' famed 'Parley' sneakers, and Señor Seagull's t-shirt range are all made from recycled plastic bottles that are safely broken down to create a durable and breathable textile.

In addition to the growing popularity of recycled plastic textiles, plant-based fabrics are also becoming more desired for their biodegradable qualities. Standouts like Element Pure's underwear range are made from sustainable eucalyptus which offers a soft texture, and breathability. Similarly, Reebok's 'Cotton + Corn' sneakers are plant-based, meaning they can be composted safely when they can no longer be worn.
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Plant-Based Sneakers
Plant-Based Sneakers
Reebok's Cotton + Corn Sneakers Can Be Composted After Use
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Upcycled Netting Swimsuits
Upcycled Netting Swimsuits
Volcom's 'Simply Solid' Collection is Made from Recycled Fishing Nets
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Sustainable Car Component Backpacks
Sustainable Car Component Backpacks
The 'Airpaq' Backpacks are Crafted from Seat Belts and Airbags
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Upcycled Denim Sunglasses
Upcycled Denim Sunglasses
Mosevic Crafts Eyewear Using Solid Denim of Different Washes
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Upcycled Plastic Bottle Parkas
Upcycled Plastic Bottle Parkas
These Eco-Friendly Jackets are Made Out of Discarded Materials
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Upcycled Skateboard Sunglasses
Upcycled Skateboard Sunglasses
The KickFly Wood Sunglasses are Made from Old Skateboard Decks
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Breathable Recycled Plastic Shirts
Breathable Recycled Plastic Shirts
Phunkshun Wear's Shirts Are Made from Recycled Bottles
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Durable Militant Boardshorts
Durable Militant Boardshorts
The Freenote Cloth Swimming Trucks Are Made With US Air Force Jackets
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Upcycled Denim Companies
Upcycled Denim Companies
CC15 Produces Affordable Jeans from Reclaimed Fabrics
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Ancient Recycled Textiles
Ancient Recycled Textiles
Reiko Sudo's ReMUJI Sweaters Use a Historical Japanese Praxis
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Ocean Plastic Designer Wear
Ocean Plastic Designer Wear
Parley for the Oceans Will Soon Be Collaborating with Stella Mccartney
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Recycled Bottle Leggings
Recycled Bottle Leggings
These Black Leggings are Made from Recycled Water Bottles
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Upcycled Taxi Handbags
Upcycled Taxi Handbags
This Eco Handbag by Naveh Milo Uses a Real Taxi Top Light Box
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Upcycled Plastic Tote Bags
Upcycled Plastic Tote Bags
Up-Fuse Gives Wasteful Single-Use Plastic Bags a New Purpose in Life
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Plastic Bottle-Recycled Shirts
Plastic Bottle-Recycled Shirts
Señor Seagull Offers Shirts Made From Plastic Bottles
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Recycled Ocean Sunglasses
Recycled Ocean Sunglasses
Norton Point Sunglasses are Made with Plastic Recovered from the Ocean
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Upcycled Industrial Netting Bags
Upcycled Industrial Netting Bags
The Easy Breezy Eco-Friendly Bags are Ideal for Commuters
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Knitted Plastic Footwear
Knitted Plastic Footwear
The Technicolor Rothy Flats are Constructed Using Recycled Water Bottles
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Sustainable Patriotic Clutches
Sustainable Patriotic Clutches
life of manek's Canada 150 Clutch Tributes the Nation's Birthday
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Moody Shopping Totes
Moody Shopping Totes
Skinnydip London's 'Emotional Baggage' Handbag is Supermarket-Inspired
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Shopping Bag-Inspired Sneakers
Shopping Bag-Inspired Sneakers
These Custom IKEA Sneakers Were Created by FRE Customs
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Eco-Friendly Fish Leather Wallets
Eco-Friendly Fish Leather Wallets
These Tidal Vision Salmon Leather Wallets Make Use of Waste
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Kitschy Furniture Brand Caps
Kitschy Furniture Brand Caps
These IKEA Hats Were Inspired by the Brand's Blue Shopping Bags
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Recycled Ocean Plastic Swimwear
Recycled Ocean Plastic Swimwear
H&M's Brand 'Weekday' Makes Swim Apparel from Ocean Plastic
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Plastic Bag-Based Clothing
Plastic Bag-Based Clothing
'Pälemer' Features Clothes and Accessories Derived from Plastic Bags
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Polymer Plastic Apparel
Polymer Plastic Apparel
Andrea Crews' Garments Resemble the Look of the Iconic IKEA FRAKTA Bag
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Upcycled Designer Fashion
Upcycled Designer Fashion
This Collection Was Created with the New York Department of Sanitation
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Upcycled Sustainble Swimwear
Upcycled Sustainble Swimwear
These Swimwear Designs by Vaute Couture Feature Recycled Materials
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Sustainable Eucalyptus Underwear
Sustainable Eucalyptus Underwear
Element Pure's Underwear and Loungewear is Soft and Supple
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Recycled Metal Wedding Rings
Recycled Metal Wedding Rings
Andronyk Jewelry Ring Designs are Crafted with Sustainability in Mind
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Upcycled Plastic Shoes
Upcycled Plastic Shoes
These Blue Adidas Sneakers are Made from Ocean Garbage
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Anti-Oppression Fashion Companies
Anti-Oppression Fashion Companies
This Company Aims to Empower Socially Isolated and Poor Women
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Upcycled Dinosaur Earrings
Upcycled Dinosaur Earrings
OOO Workshop's Earrings are Made from Retro Dinosaur Toys
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Lightweight Recycled Plastic Shirts
Lightweight Recycled Plastic Shirts
Last Bottle Clothing Sells Shirts Made from Recycled Bottles
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High-Quality Hemp Bags
High-Quality Hemp Bags
The Kahush Sustainable Hemp Bags are High-Quality and Eco-Friendly
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Chic Recycled Clothing
Chic Recycled Clothing
'I AM NOT A VIRGIN' Creates Recycled Clothes Using Discarded Plastic
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Stylish Recycled Swimwear
Stylish Recycled Swimwear
The Reformation Swimwear Collection is Made from 85% Recycled Materials
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Upcycled Designer Swimwear
Upcycled Designer Swimwear
adidas and Aquafil Have Teamed Up to Design Sustainable Swimwear
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Deconstructed Sneaker Masks
Deconstructed Sneaker Masks
Zhijun Wang Tore Apart a Pair of YEEZYs and Made Them into a Face Mask
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Swedish Furniture-Inspired Bralettes
Swedish Furniture-Inspired Bralettes
The Fankie Collective Launched an Affordably Priced IKEA Bra
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