‘Vitamin Sea’ and recycled fashion

Before Christmas, I dropped so many hints about a jumper I desperately wanted. I loved the colour, the design and the fact it was eco-friendly…

Thanks to my lovely boyfriend for listening to my not-so-subtle hints, the
The Surf Girl ‘Vitamin Sea’ jumper is now one of my favourite items of clothing.

It’s a simple, statement sweatshirt with a loose fit and it’s unbelievably soft inside.

Honestly, put this little beauty on and it’s like wearing a hug.

When I get home from a long day at work (or a long day of DIY at the house!) all I want to do is put on some comfy leggings and a big, cosy jumper.

This one is perfect, but thanks to it’s beautiful colour, it’s also a winner for that casual weekend look when paired with jeans and black Vans or white Converse.

But the thing I love more than anything?

The fact that this sweatshirt is 100% recycled.

It’s small fibres are made from recycled plastic bottles which have been blended into a yarn, with cuttings from organic cotton textiles production.

That means that 60% of this jumper is made up of recycled organic cotton, while 40% is recycled polyester.

In a world where we’re faced with bleak news about the state of our planet, and the ever-growing pile of plastic we’re creating, almost every day, it’s great to see companies now starting to think creatively about production while trying to help the planet.

But Orca Publications aren’t alone.

Last year, Adidas announced a partnership with Yoga brand Wanderlust and Parley for the Oceans, launching a range of products created from recycled ocean plastic.

Surf clothing brand O’Neill also announced a campaign called ‘O’Neill Blue – Our Ocean Mission’ – an initiative to ‘produce sustainable surfwear using high performance eco-threads by Bionic, which contain recycled beach plastic.’

We’re in a tricky situation with fashion.

Typically, production is bad for the environment due to energy emissions and waste run-off. There are often humanitarian problems when factories are placed in countries where risk of exploitation is high. And now, we’re told that microplastics leak out of our clothes into water streams every time we wash them.

While using recycled materials shouldn’t be anything new, in the world of fashion where we’re encouraged to buy into new trends and throw away items fast, this is a huge step – and one I think we should applaud.

And if the standards set by this particular item are met by other clothing brands then, as consumers, we’re in for a treat.

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