Innovations to reuse plastic

It is estimated that around 5,000 billion plastic pieces “bask” in our oceans.
Just for plastic bottles, which are mostly made from PET (polyethylene terephthalate), it will take more than 400 years for them to decompose naturally, without ever really disappearing. These plastics will transform into micro-plastics and end up in the food chain.

However, PET is now recyclable. Today there are methods to transform this waste into resources. All that remains is to add value to the waste and above all not to create new waste.

Below, via the thumbnails, you have a non-exhaustive list of companies that have found a way to recycle these plastics and give a second life to our waste.

Lunettes

Seven out of ten people wear glasses. A pair of glasses is sold every two seconds; which is equal to 13 million a year in France alone. Imagine if the whole market began to use the plastic already present in our seas, or even better, before it ends in our waterways!

With Net Positiva, Karün collects fishing nets on the Chilean coasts and transforms them into glasses frames.
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Glasses frames 100% from plastic recovered at sea by Spanish fishermen (1T / day).
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Recycled resin designed from our plastic waste to give them a new life.
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Surfboard fins, skateboard, frisbee, Jenga game, glasses frames and bottle holder. Thanks to Bureo, they all come from fishing nets recovered by fishermen from South America.
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Shoes

25 billion pairs of shoes are produced worldwide each year, imagine if they were all made from recycled, bio-sourced and organic materials…

Indosole reuse tires to make the soles of their shoes so they are the most durable on the market.
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Ecoalf, with their collection “Because there is no planet B”, transforms the waste present in our oceans into shoes and clothes.
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Adidas collaborates with Parley to recover and transform marine plastic debris in order to use it in the creation of clothing and shoes.
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SoleRebele are innovative shoes designed from recycled tires, inner tubes, organic cottons. soleRebels is the 1st IFAT / IFAT TRADE certified shoe company on the planet !
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Born in 2018, Saola develops nice and modern shoes integrating a maximum of eco-design: recycled materials, Organic cotton, Cork and Seaweed.
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Vivobarefoot transforms plastic bottles into a pair of high performance and durable shoes.
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With Corail it’s 8 plastic bottles for each pair of basketballs.
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Allbirds, sneakers are made from natural products: wool, sugar cane, wood and castor oil…
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From the waste collected by the Trash Hero Thailand association, Tlejourn manufactures flip flops. The revenues collected are shared between the local shoemakers and the Trash Heros.
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OTH offers sneakers in recycled leather with soles made from recycled tires. 3 pairs are produced for each recycled tire.
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Faguo uses your recycled shoes rather than a virgin material. They collect all the brands of shoes in their recycling terminal to create new ones.

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ector manufactures recycled and recyclable sneakers from plastic bottles. 6 bottles = 1 pair 100% recyclable.
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Clothes and accessories

It is now possible to transform our plastic waste, found at sea, into synthetic fibers. Aquafil, world leader and pioneer in innovations, offers ECONYL, a regenerated nylon, created from our waste present in our landfills and our oceans.

Now it’s time for designers and their new clothing lines. Here is a list of sports equipment that gives you an overview of the clothes made from this recycled fiber.

ZeroPoint offers sportswear suitable for running based on 100% recycled ECONYL yarn.
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Fourth Element offers swimsuits, diving mice and suits made from 100% recycled ECONYL yarns.
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Ternua produce trekking clothing and accessories in a sustainable manner and recycled materials.
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Hopaal considers plastic bottles not as waste but as a raw material for their swimsuits.
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959 offers a whole collection of bags, poufs, pots made from recycled seat belts.
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Fantome transforms our bicycle inner tube into a wallet, case, backpack or travel bag.
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Bracelet made from plastic waste collected in the seas of Southeast Asia and Japan, dial made of 316L steel and with their solar movement system.
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Alchemy Goods launch a production of bags, belts and purses all from our bicycle tubes.
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Sauvage, an associative brand made up of volunteers, makes products based on marine plastics / land-based litter, to finance waste collections.
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Parkland makes bags from a fabric made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. Their logo is made of apple leather.
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Les Récupérables give a second life to your clothes, with which they make creative models in limited series. They are environmentally friendly creations.
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The scarves become a jacket, the remains of jeans become a bag and a damaged dress becomes a two-piece suit. Zero Waste collection 100% recycled textiles.
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100% Vegan

Some companies have found alternatives to this so-called “fantastic” plastic: pineapple leaf, rubber tree milk, grapes and cereals … these are the ingredients of this miracle recipe.

Just Ananas offers a set of textile accessories made from pineapple leaf fibers.
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Péla produces cell phone shells from plants, therefore they are 100% biodegradable and compostable.
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Wilo offers vegetable sneakers, without plastic, with a rubber heel sole. They are handcrafted.
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Minuit sur Terre offers vegan accessories from plastic recovered from the Mediterranean: bags, sneakers…
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Nunti Sunya offers clothing and a range of foods and oils made from French hemp. 100% organic.
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After their sneakers made from 100% recycled plastic, they have just released the V-10 CWL sneaker. CWL is an alternative to leather, made from cotton and corn oil.
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Ccilo sells sneakers based on used coffee grounds. Benefits: vegan, light, water repellent and absorbs odors.
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QWSTION offers backpacks and accessories with banana fiber fabric (Bananatex).
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