Fact — sustainable fashion is in. For the past few years, brands have been focusing on making their products as environmentally-friendly as possible, and some, like H&M for example, have even launched chemical-free capsule collections.
But one label is taking this idea of sustainability even further. Enter Bionic Yarn: the New York-based company that makes yarn from recycled plastic gathered from the world's oceans. Plastic pollution is a huge environmental issue. According to a study from 2014, there are more than five trillion pieces of plastic floating in the world's oceans. The idea sounds like something out of a a sci-fi movie right? Well, it's true and the quality and feel of the clothes made with the recycled thread are the same like "normal" thread.
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Here's how it works: plastic is gathered and then broken down and shredded into fibers. The fibers are spun into a basic yarn that is then woven or knitted into textiles. They use three kinds of yarn — HLX (the plastic is covered by synthetic or natural fibers), DPX (plastic is blended with synthetic or natural fibers to form a yarn with a soft texture), and FLX (made entirely of recovered plastic).
The company has already attracted the attention of music mogul Pharrel Williams who is now signed on as creative director. And with collaborations with Timberland, the Gap, and G Star behind its back, it looks like Bionic Yarn is definitely here to stay. We can only hope more brands will follow in their (environmentally-friendly) footsteps.