For three days during New York Fashion Week, anyone on midtown 8th Avenue can “buy” a limited edition designer T-shirt made with recycled plastic fabric from a new vending machine by Plastics Make it Possible®—using a plastic bottle as currency. Passersby can simply deposit a plastic bottle into the machine and—voila! Out pops a beautiful new garment made with recycled plastics, underscoring how everyday plastics can live on as “eco-chic” fashion.
The new vending machine is designed to celebrate the growing role of recycled plastics in fashion during New York Fashion Week. Visitors to the Plastics Make it Possible® website also will have a chance to win one of the limited edition T-shirts (see below).
Parris is one of a growing number of designers who have embraced recycled plastics as one of the new go-to materials for creating stylish clothing and accessories. To help create the T-shirt material, plastic bottles are cleaned, melted, and stretched into a fine thread, which then is woven into soft, comfortable fabrics. Thanks to the versatility of recycled plastics, these fabrics can be manufactured with a variety of weights and textures for a wide range of uses. Both high-end designers and mainstream brands today use recycled plastics to make everything from stylish party dresses to on-trend shoes to rugged outdoor jackets.
So the next time you recycle a plastic bottle, you just may be contributing to the next big thing in fashion.
ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN
Each day during Fashion Week (September 5–12), five visitors to the Plastics Make it Possible® website will win a limited edition Allison Parris T-shirt made with recycled plastics. To enter for a chance to win, website visitors simply leave a comment on the Plastics Make it Possible® article about what plastics they recycle. Click here for the official rules.
To learn more about how recycled plastics are used in fashion, click here.