Over the last few years we’ve all become more aware of the impact and spread of waste plastic in our oceans. With many companies planning on how to clean it up, some visionaries are taking it a step further…
How do we recycle sea plastic in ways which are both stylish and cool? This year, we’ve been inspired to see some of our favourite designers lead the way in answering this question. Could there be a better time to do it? As people are more conscious of environmental issues, they’re looking for designers who not only protect but actually help the environment.
Here are the top five designs which caught our eye for either using sea plastic or safe guarding the future of our oceans:
Real Madrid kits by Adidas and Parley for the Oceans
The latest result of the exciting collaboration between Adidas and Parley for the Oceans is the amazing new football kit for Spanish team Real Madrid.
Created to raise awareness of the issue of plastic in our seas, the kit is made from recycled plastic sourced in or close to the sea. They’ve even coloured the shirt coral as a direct homage to the ocean and the beauty which needs our care.
This isn’t the first time that the two companies have collaborated. Their partnership stretches back to 2015 but this is one of their most high-profile projects. Adidas has also committed to including recycled plastic in all of its products by 2024.
Sneakers by Stella McCartney
As part of her Autumn/ Winter collection for 2018, the English designer has created some trainers which don’t use glue to hold them together. This makes recycling of the products much easier and minimises their impact during production. It also removes the toxic solvents which are contained within glues which hold conventional shoes together.
But how does a shoe stay together without glue? McCartney’s Loop trainers are created using specially designed hooks which hold the shoe together. This eliminates glue and enables the shoe to be fully dismantled so that the different components can be recycled separately.
Hawaiian shirts by Adolfo Correa
Designed for Corona by Spanish designer Adolfo Correa in partnership with Parley for the Oceans these Hawaiian shirts have a message. At first glance the ‘From afar, the Paradise?’ Shirt looks like any other. But look closer and you find plastic objects which are found on the beach and in the sea. Tooth brushes, plastic bottles, plastic six-pack rings, bottle caps and much more besides.
The shirt is made from recycled plastic and was created for World Oceans Day. As well as the shirt, Corona also created a large billboard on London’s Old Street made from a thousand kilograms of ocean plastic to highlight the issue to passers-by.
Sunglasses by Clean Waves
Created as part of a partnership between Parley for the Oceans and beer-brand Corona, the limited-edition sunglasses are the first product of many for Clean Waves.
Clean Waves is a fund-raising platform which was created to recycle plastic from the oceans. They aim to boost the use of recycled or eco-friendly materials in the fashion and industrial design arenas.
This first range of sunglasses are being made in three colours, with each colour having a limited run of only 100 pairs. Each pair is made from plastic which was harvested from the sea or beach and will feature unique coordinates for a location impacted by marine plastic pollution.
Sneakers by Ecoalf
Each pair of Shao sneakers by Spanish fashion brand Ecoalf, is made from five old plastic bottles sourced from the Mediterranean Sea and algae which excessively grows in lakes and rivers.
The bottles are used to create a yarn which is woven into the upper sole. The outer sole is made from the algae by transforming the algae into a flexible foam which permits easy movement.
The use of the algae not only removes the need to use non-renewable oils, but also allows clean water to circulate in the areas from which it is harvested. This has a beneficial effect on plant and animal life in the area.
The bottles are sourced with the help of Spanish fishmen thought a long-term project called Upcycling the Oceans. The fisherman collect the waste caught in their nets and return it to Ecoalf at their local port for recycling.
Each of these projects show great vision and initiative as well as giving the hope of a future with cleaner oceans. We’re truly inspired by these leading lights and can’t wait to see what gorgeous designs they’re bring us next!