Sea rubbish to sweatshirts

Here at North South we are committed to using sustainable materials as much as possible. One of the best ways of doing this is using materials and fabrics made from recycled post-consumer plastic, especially from the oceans.

Why use old plastic for a piece of clothing you ask?

Here are some facts which may help you understand why we take the issue of sustianability so seriously, and why using recycled plastic is a great way to create a cleaner and better environment:

  • 50 percent of the plastic we use, we use just once and throw away.

  • Enough plastic is thrown away each year to cover the Earth's surface 4 times.

  • We only recover 5% of the plastic we produce

  • Plastic in the ocean breaks down into such small segments that pieces of plastic from a one litre bottle could end up on every mile of beach throughout the world.

  • Plastic production accounts for 8% of the world's oil consumption

  • One million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans.

  • 44 percent of all seabird species, 22 percent of cetaceans, all sea turtle species and a growing list of fish species have been documented with plastic in or around their bodies.

  • The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a floating plastic rubbish gyre twice the size of Texas

  • Plastic takes 500-1000 years to degrade.

As you can see, just a few facts demonstrate just how bad for the environment plastic waste is, and why it's so important to reuse it once its 'life' has ended. Making clothing from old rubbish is a great way to be sustainable and innovative, and we think its pretty cool!

Currently our SALVAGE sweatshirt is made from 40% recycled post-consumer plastics, and our swimwear will feature a large amount of Econyl - a material made from old fishing nets and ocean rubbish.

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