Vending machine dispenses T-shirts made of plastic during NY Fashion Week

By Catherine Kavanaugh
Staff Reporter

Published: September 10, 2013 2:56 pm ET
Updated: September 10, 2013 2:59 pm ET

Image By: American Chemistry Council Allison Parris designed T-shirts made from recycled plastics

Related to this story

Topics Sustainability
Companies & Associations American Chemistry Council

A vending machine that accepts plastic bottles as currency and dispenses limited-edition T-shirts made of fabric from recycled plastics made its debut during New York Fashion Week.

The machine set up on Eighth Avenue is designed to put a spotlight on the growing role of plastics in the garment industry and how recycled materials can live on as chic clothing, in this case by socially conscious, classic style-maker Allison Parris.

Parris partnered with Plastics Make it Possible, an initiative of the American Chemistry Council, on the project turning heads of both fashion forward and eco-minded trend setters.

“The simple act of recycling a plastic bottle or container or wrap not only helps reduce waste but also helps create the raw materials for making new, useful products, such as clothing,” said Steve Russell, the ACC’s vice president of plastics, said in a statement.

The T-shirts feature one of Parris’s original designs on material made of plastic bottles that are cleaned, melted, and stretched into a fine thread woven into a soft fabric.

“When consumers recycle plastics, it gives designers like me the ability to create clothing that’s both fashion-conscious and eco-conscious,” Parris said in a statement. “Recycled plastic makes a real contribution to sustainability in fashion – both in my line and the industry as a whole.”

The vending machine will be out Wednesday. However, through Thursday, five visitors a day to the Plastics Make it Possible website will win one of Parris’s T-shirts. To enter, leave a comment about what plastics they recycle at www.plasticsmakeitpossible.com.

 


Comments

Vending machine dispenses T-shirts made of plastic during NY Fashion Week

By Catherine Kavanaugh
Staff Reporter

Published: September 10, 2013 2:56 pm ET
Updated: September 10, 2013 2:59 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Price and sustainability both key to success for carpet recycler

February 26, 2015 1:28 pm ET

DALLAS — A green message will get you in the door, but ultimately that sustainability message has to be backed up with quality at the right...    More

Image

Silicone baby teether company working with Michigan recycler

February 26, 2015 1:14 pm ET

A recycling company and a startup will try to keep silicone baby products out of landfill.    More

Image

Expert says more action needed to solve ocean plastics problem

February 25, 2015 5:59 pm ET

DALLAS — Private companies are going to have to step up to the plate and open their wallets if the world ever wants to solve the growing...    More

Image

Referendum on bag ban going to California voters

February 24, 2015 6:34 pm ET

California's voters, not legislators, will be the ones to ultimately decide on the state's plastic bag ban.    More

Image

Leader calls on Mexico’s plastics industry to spend more to defend plastics

February 24, 2015 6:13 pm ET

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s plastics industry must spend more on recycling, advertising and lobbying to stave off anti-plastics legislation, a ...    More

Market Reports

Flexible Packaging Trends in North America

North America represents about 30 percent of the global consumption of flexible packaging. Annual growth in this region is forecast at 4 percent during the next 5 years.

For more insight on growth opportunities, drivers of growth and the outlook for 2015, download this report.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Plastics in Mexico - State of the Industry Report

This report analyzes the $20 billion plastics industry in Mexico including sales of machinery & equipment, resins and finished products.

Our analysts provide insight on business trends, foreign investment, top end markets and plastics processing activity. The report also provides important data on exports, production, employment and value of plastics products manufactured.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events