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Garbage Fashion: T-Shirts Made From Recycled Bottles

Garbage Fashion: T-Shirts Made From Recycled Bottles
Photograph by BIWA/Gallery Stock

The graphic T-shirt at the Brooklyn Industries store looks and feels like any normal tee, perhaps even softer. So soft, in fact, that it’s hard to believe it’s made from 14 recycled plastic water bottles.

For the hip, green consumer, transforming trash into something wearable and saving it from a landfill can be thrilling. “They have been a hit,” says Lorie DelMundo, public-relations and events coordinator at Brooklyn Industries. Unfortunately, at the end of their life, these polyester garments made from bottles can’t be tossed in with regular plastic recycling.