Few brands can make recycled water bottles look as good as the Girlfriend Collective. These crafty cats have used their transformer skills to turn recycled post-consumer water bottles into a sleek range of activewear, from water-resistant windbreakers to flattering sports bras and high-rise leggings. RPET fabric features heavily in their designs, whether comprising 100 percent of a jacket or 79 percent of a compressive fabric (along with 21 percent spandex). The brand’s latest range, Canyon Collection, features some old favourites (i.e. the four-way-stretch leggings that started it all) in stunning new hues, including cocoa, Sedona and clay.
Girlfriend Collective puts ethics and sustainability at the forefront of everything it does – from preventing single-use plastics from clogging up landfill and harming marine life, to taking care of the people who make the brand’s clothes, and striving for better representation of all body shapes and sizes in fashion. The lengthy process begins with used water bottles being sorted, cleaned and chipped, before being shipped to a spinning mill where they’re washed, processed and spun into yarn, then distributed to a knitting facility where strands are transformed into super-soft fabric, which then hops along to a dye house where wastewater is treated and released, and dye mud is salvaged by a pavement facility. At last, the fabric is crafted into clothing in a family-owned, SA8000-certified factory in Vietnam that provides safe working conditions, 125 percent of the local minimum wage and free annual health checks. Compressive leggings are made from 25 recycled water bottles, while bras are made from 11, LITE leggings are crafted from recycled fishing nets and other waste using ECONYL® yarn, and tees and tanks are 100 percent Cupro made from cotton industry waste. Head online to find out more about the brand’s sustainability, check out the new collection and have your treasures shipped from Seattle to your doorstep in 100 percent recycled and recyclable packaging.
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