Turning recycled plastic into fashion
Companies are turning discarded fishing nets, industrial plastic, and water bottles into a high-performance fabric, the most well known is ECONYL, a regenerated nylon created with a closed-loop system that uses less water and creates less waste than virgin nylon production.
ECONYL, when compared with virgin polyester, uses between 30-50% less energy and reduces the global warming impact of nylon by up to 90%.
Recycled polyester is not without its issues and is not a perfect sustainable solution because we need to remember, recycled plastic is still plastic. So as with all synthetic clothing, it will shed microfibers when you wash so remember to use a microfiber wash bag or filter.
That said, these four Australian activewear brands are using this innovative solution to the plastic pollution problem to create stylish and practical sustainable styles perfect for your next sweat sesh.