Turning garbage into fashion

Garbage has come a long way in terms of what it can be used for in an environmental context. Never before in history have we, collectively as a society, been able to repurpose garbage and other waste into new and useful materials, thanks to the scientists and engineers who have been creative enough to determine ways to reuse what was once deemed as useless material.

An article from The Good News Network by Andy Corbley caught my eye as it discusses how, in Russia, garbage is being transformed into clothing, and it’s pretty cool. Check it out.

“A Russian fashion brand is trying to tackle St. Petersburg’s mountains of garbage by creating an entire supply chain out of them.

“Sifting through the trash mountains, workers collect all kinds of different recyclable materials before turning them into bespoke recycled accessories and school products.

“99Recycle won Recycle/Upcycle Project of the Year as part of the 2020 St. Petersburg Awards, and their current roster of goods include pencil and laptop cases, backpacks, bags, and even skateboards and a bicycle.

“Sustainability in fashion is becoming a larger and larger concern as the 21st century rolls on, as the industry is one of the single largest and most problematic polluters in our society both by the amount and types of waste produced.

“99Recycle utilizes a large 3D printer based on a design used by Hyundai, and which uses recycled plastic as a raw material. They’ve collected over 70 tons of reclaimed plastic so far by working with local recycling non-profits that specialize in collecting certain types of material.

“Throw-away culture is strong in Russia, and so along with making products for purchase, 99Recycle hosts classes and lectures about sustainability and different ways to recycle, hoping to coach their city out of its bad habits, and like Father Time, grind down the mountains to dust,” the article says.

This is the sort of news I enjoy reading about.

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