11 Amazing Brands That Make Clothes Using Recycled Plastic
08 Jun

11 Amazing Brands That Make Clothes Using Recycled Plastic

It’s said that every piece of plastic ever made still exists today. Most plastics are not biodegradable—they just keep breaking down into smaller and smaller pieces and, along with more trash than we can readily comprehend, end up dumped into the ocean and swallowed by hundreds of animal species.

Plastic has got to go, but while companies and people are beginning to cut down, it’s not disappearing any time soon. If we continue to use and dispose of it at the current rate, the ocean will have almost 400 million metric tons of plastic by 2050. I don’t know about you, but that terrifies us here at Good On You.

That is where recycling comes in. While only a small portion of plastic is currently recycled, more and more fashion companies are doing their bit by transforming plastic waste into—you guessed it—clothes and accessories. If it’s going to be around for hundreds of years anyway, why not wear it?

So, we dug up fashion brands that have taken up the gauntlet and given this immortal waste new life, so you can do your bit in the war on waste, too. Here are 11 fashion brands that make clothes using recycled plastic.

Veja

Rated: Good
vegan recycled plastic shoes from ethical brand Veja via Farfetch

V-10 B-mesh Trainers – Ships internationally from France

French brand Veja, already known globally for producing ethical sneakers, are taking fairtrade footwear and accessories to the next level with their introduction of a material called B-mesh (“bottle mesh”) that is made from recycled plastic bottles. There are three bottles in each pair of sneakers, and the fabric created from them is touted as both breathable and waterproof—ideal characteristics of footwear. The rest of the shoe should keep you smiling too, with a high proportion of eco-friendly materials like organic cotton and rubber sourced directly from farmers who are assured a living wage.

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Girlfriend Collective

Rated: Good
recycled plastic high rise legging in plum from sustainable company Girlfriend Collective

Plum Compressive High-Rise Legging – Ships internationally from the US

 

Donning activewear made of trash doesn’t sound all that appealing—but it should. Girlfriend Collective is a truly transparent company that ethically produces sports bras and leggings made from recycled plastic. Their recycled polyester is made from plastic bottles in Taiwan, and their nylon transforms recycled fishing nets that would otherwise end up in the ocean suffocating countless sea creatures into ECONYL®. Both materials prove perfect for activewear with their moisture-wicking abilities, and GC goes above and beyond by creating cute clothes for everyone, with sizes from XXS to XXXL in a range of gorgeous OEKO-certified safe dyed colours.

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TWOTHIRDS

Rated: Good
woman wearing blue recycled plastic swimsuit from sustainable brand TWOTHIRDS

Lemuy Green Lake – Ships to Europe and the US from Spain

TWOTHIRDS sees itself as a brand for people who are awake and aware of the immense value of our oceans, but also have a thirst for style and substance. It manufactures all its products locally to reduce its carbon footprint, as well as audits all of its final stage production.

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Patagonia

Rated: Good
green patagonia jacket

Men’s Nano Puff Jacket in Micro Green – Ships internationally from the US

 

Patagonia is leading the way in ethical outdoor wear, producing hardy products made from a high proportion of eco-friendly materials like recycled down, wool, and polyester. Back in 1993 they created fleece made from recycled plastic bottles, and they have only improved their materials since then. There is also a repair and reuse program in place, so your Patagonia products should last a long time indeed!

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Mara Hoffman

Rated: Good
red mara hoffman bikini made from recycled plastic

Carla Bikini Top  – Ships internationally from the US

 

Mara Hoffman is a lifestyle women’s brand with designer clothing that is long-lasting and high-quality. It uses a range of earth conscious materials including GOTS certified cotton, recycled nylon and recycled polyester, and some products are Oeko-Tex STeP certified, too. From block colours to bubbly patterns, Mara Hoffman has got you covered from the beach to the altar and everywhere in between.

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Kathmandu

Rated: Good
blue kathmandu backpack made from recycled plastic

Cotinga 25L Pack – Ships internationally from New Zealand

It makes sense that people who love the outdoors want to leave a light footprint on the earth, which is why innovative Kiwi company Kathmandu has sustainability on its mind. With solid commitments to reduce carbon emissions and a good proportion of responsible materials, they produce outdoor wear that you can sport proudly.

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Elle Evans

Rated: Great
yellow ella evans bikini made from recycled plastic

Windsor Bikini Top in Sunshine – Ships internationally from Australia

 

Melbourne-based swimwear label Elle Evans is leading the way in sustainable swimwear, creating gorgeous swimmers for women and children made out of post-consumer waste fabrics. They also offer a take-back service so your worn out pieces can be disposed of thoughtfully. If you care about fashion and the future, this is the brand for you!

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Rothy’s

Rated: Good
recycled plastic pink slip on sneakers by sustainable brand Rothy's

Slip on Sneaker – Ships internationally from the US

 

US based footwear company Rothy’s believes doing good should look good, too. They make cute and practical shoes out of recycled water bottles that were once destined for landfill. Their range is vegan and cold machine washable once you pop out the insole, and they boast a no break-in period. For statement flats, points, loafers or sneakers that leave a very light footprint indeed, look no further!

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ADAY

Rated: Good
woman wearing recycled scuba fabric jacket from sustainable brand ADAY

Waste Not Jacket – Ships internationally from the US

Fresh, casual, stylish and affordable—ADAY is a New York brand that takes its sustainability credentials seriously. From eco-friendly materials like recycled scuba fabric to its commitment to minimising water waste, ADAY's clothing will not cost the earth. Perfect for workwear or everyday.

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Ecoalf

Rated: Good
woman of colour wearing reversible recycled polyester vest from Ecoalf via Farfetch

Martina Padded Gilet – Ships internationally from Spain

Thanks to recycled materials like rescued ocean plastic, Ecoalf creates sustainable fashion with the same quality, design, and technical properties as the best non-recycled ones.

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Shop Ecoalf @ Farfetch.

BEEN London

Rated: Great

Clapton Belt Bag – Ships internationally from the UK

BEEN London is a London-based brand turning waste into timeless accessories you’d want to use every day. All their products are made of materials that have been something else in a previous life, including recycled leather offcuts and plastic bottles.

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Shop BEEN London.

So there you have it! Ten innovative brands rated Good or Great that are doing their bit to put plastic to good use, taking it out of landfill and the ocean and giving it new and sustainable life in fashion.

Editor's note

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