Brands that Use Recycled Materials to Make Apparel

With plastic and clothing waste as bad as it is, it’s nice to see brands who make it their mission to reduce that waste in order to create a positive impact on the environment. Note that will be talking about brands that only use recycled materials, and not already popular brands that have just a specific line of environmental clothing. I think it is important not to glorify those kinds of brands, because a lot of big brands like H&M, Nike, and Adidas, who help contribute to the problem more than help solve it.

1 – Rothy’s

Rothy’s is a shoe company that makes their shoes out of plastic water bottles, merino wool, eco-friendly soles, and recycled foam inserts. They have so far recycled over 46.5 million plastic bottles and made them into shoes. The shoes themselves come in five styles and are made to be completely durable and washable. Every pair is shipped in a vegan and biodegradable box, and the offset the carbon footprint of their shipping by partnering with Carbon Fund.

Rothy’s is a company that takes an all or nothing approach to sustainability and it shows.

2 – The Girlfriend Collective

The Girlfriend Collective partners with a recycling center in Taiwan that gives them the plastic bottles used in their leggings and bras. Each pair of their Compressive leggings is made of 25% post consumer water bottles and are certified safe by Oeko-Tex. They also pay living wages to their workers in their Vietnam factory and uses no forced or child labor. They are also beginning to tackle the problems of fishing nets in our oceans. Girlfriend Collective has partnered with ECONYL to help clean our oceans and recycle that waste into their new Lite collection.

3 – Batoko

Batoko is a small independent British swimwear company that is making swimsuits out of ocean plastic pollution. Their swimwear is made out of 100% recycled plastic waste. They started in 2017 after volunteering for a beach clean up group and seeing just how much plastic was in our oceans.

We’re a micro-business and aim to stay that way, consciously keeping our swimwear collection small, simple and at a much more sustainable pace that’s kinder to the planet and the people that make them. This way of working allows us to focus on the individuality and longevity of each design and ensures that we never over-produce; an industry problem that’s having dire affects on the environment in terms of waste.

Batoko About Page

They also support marine wildlife charities such as the Marine Conservation Society, Surfers Against Sewage, Action for Dolphins, and The Ocean Project. They are powered by green energy and have goals of zero-waste production.

4 – For Days

For Days is a little different from the companies listed above. Instead of using recycled fibers from plastic bottles, For Days uses recycled clothing in order to create their apparel.

At For Days, we care deeply about good product. We use the highest quality, sustainable materials. We focus intensely on fit and finishing details. We also ensure that every item is 100% recyclable. We minimize waste with things like reusable packaging and company-wide carbon offsets. But most importantly, we have created a SWAP program. That means for a great price, you can swap out anything, anytime, for any reason. Everything you send back gets recycled. This is called a closed loop system and it’s pretty revolutionary.

For Days About Page

For $18, you can buy their take back bag and send them any clothing that you no longer want, and then you get a lower swap price on any of their clothing, saving you money and helping to save the planet.

5 – Parade

Parade is a size inclusive underwear company that creates their panties from recycled materials. They call their fabric Re:Play and it’s made from recycled yarn fibers like nylon and polyester.

Parade is also Oeko-Tex certified and uses compostable packaging to help reduce waste.

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