Ocean Trash Is Being Turned Into High Fashion

Did you ever think you’d see the day that fashion helps save the planet? Thanks to a new collaboration between Stella McCartney, an English fashion designer who specializes in vegan products, and Parley for the Oceans, an organization that works to end the destruction of marine life, that day is here.

Parley works with the governments of small island nations such as the Maldives to collect 80 to 120 tons of plastic from the oceans per month. They’ve created a yarn fiber that’s made from plastic debris collected from the oceans, which McCartney plans to use in place of woven or recycled polyester in products like shoes, bags, and outerwear.

4.8 to 12.7 million metric tons of plastic waste finds its way into the ocean every year. While the ultimate hope is to invent a new material that will replace plastic, which will reduce the amount of plastic making its way into the oceans, McCartney and Parlay want to serve as an example to the fashion industry as a way to help save the oceans.

Addressing concerns that trash might not be considered a luxury in the world of fashion, McCartney told the New York Times, “To take something that is destructive and turn it into something that’s sexy and cool, how can that not be luxury?”  

What do you think? Would you wear ocean trash fashion? Let us know in the comments!

(H/T: The New York Times)