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Ocean Apparel : How All Clothing Should Be Made

Worldwide we make 30 times enough clothing to recycle all plastic bottles.

Ocean Apparel : How All Clothing Should Be Made

Worldwide we make 30 times enough clothing to recycle all plastic bottles.

£1,745
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Clothing is essential. Without it, you're seen as mad (Who knew it was non-optional?!) And we buy a LOT of it. In fact, we easily manufacture enough clothing to recycle all plastic bottles. Actually, we have enough clothing to do this 30 times over.

Yet it seems like every item we buy damages the planet, it's what got us into this mess in the first place. Call us crazy, but we believe every purchase should help the planet instead of harming it.

Imagine that, every purchase takes away plastic from our oceans, instead of adding into it. That's our dream. A day when what we buy helps clean our planet instead of polluting it. We're starting with a T-shirt and a Jumper but once we launch it will soon be followed by everything. Backpacks, shoes, Jeans, glasses and the list goes on...

The technology is available for all clothes, accessories and apparel to be made from recycled plastic so why the 'shell' don't we use it? ('Sea' what we did there)

Here at OceanApparel, when we finally stopped googling 'ocean-related puns,' we had the same thought. Worldwide we produce millions of tons of clothes, accessories and textiles. What if we could use old plastic as a raw material. If it was valuable and useful would we be less likely to be dumping millions of tons of it into the oceans and would there be more incentive to pick up what we have already dumped there. Could we finally turn the tide as it were on plastic pollution? (Okay, okay we'll stop with the puns.) 

We thought we'd start with the hardest item first. For a T-shirt to work, it has to be breathable, light and most important so soft it could possibly be your pyjama top. How can you get all of this from recycled plastic? After months of tinkering, we finally...(If we can blow our own trumpet for a second.) Nailed the heck out of it.

 Continued by Liam - Founder and that guy that did the interview thing.

100% Comfortable. Like most people, I like to wear T-shirts (what a weirdo),  and sometimes if they're comfortable enough I'll wear it to bed. I call it the 'bed test.' I wanted our T-shirts to pass the 'I'm too lazy to change into pyjamas so I'll just sleep in what I'm wearing' test. Because as amazing as T-shirts are that prevent ocean plastic, if it's not comfortable we can't wear them (And I'm running low on PJ's)

Breathable. It's rumoured that occasionally in my home country of England it stops raining.  And sometimes when it stops raining we see the sun. It's all true... We call it 'Summer' and it lasts for about a week. But in those glorious few weeks or even when the heating is on high we are reduced to T-shirt's, shorts and lots of ummm, sweating. So next on our list was the T-shirt had to be breathable. Something that 'just in case' I'm running late I can jump out of bed (well roll out of bed and crawl toward the coffee machine) and use the same comfortable T-shirt at the gym, or when playing football or whatever sport you want to do.  

Recycled Packaging 

Our packaging is 100% biodegradable. Made from recycled cardboard and plant-based materials.

Longer Lasting. I'm coming up to my character limit so I'll keep it short and sweet. The added benefit of using plastic is that it makes it more durable. Plastic takes a long time to break down, it's why there is so much plastic pollution.

Machine Washable & Recyclable. Because it's plastic we want to make sure we can keep recycling it and close that loop. We also want to make sure that we can throw it in the wash and come out as fresh as a daisy. In our next phase, we will be working on solutions to micro-plastics. (See FAQ's)

Fair Living Wage.  We have partnered with the fairwear foundation. Like their counterpart fairtrade, they make sure that not only is there no exploitation, but that employees thrive. That means a wage far above the minimum wage, an actual living wage as well as no pay discrepancy because of gender so we can help bridge the gender pay gap.

Plastic is infamously difficult to get rid of, in some form, almost every piece of plastic ever made still exists. Recycling is the best thing we can do with it, yet only 91% of plastic ever made has been recycled. That means there is 6.5 billion tons of plastic is in the natural environment or landfill sites. But imagine a world where all clothes had potential ocean plastic recycled in them. What difference would that make?

 

  •  Worldwide, we easily manufacture enough clothing to recycle all plastic bottles. In fact, we could do this 30 times over. Unfortunately, plastic bottle manufacturing is increasing, causing more ocean pollution as recycling plastic falls further behind. Last year there were enough plastic bottles manufactured, that if stood end to end, they would extend halfway to the sun!

  • About 10% of plastic ends up in our oceans. Targeting that potential ocean plastic drastically increases our effect. We achieve this by directly taking the plastic from countries who contribute the most ocean plastic. Did you know? Just 10 rivers are carrying 90% of the plastic entering the oceans. Eight of which are in Asia 

 In most western countries we recycle our plastic. It means we have to put our plastic in very particular coloured boxes, but where does most of it go? Did you know we export it! We send it out to other countries to deal with. 'Ludicrous' we hear you say, we leave it to other countries to clean our mess up? So is it any surprise when you hear that 'up to 95 per cent of river-borne plastic polluting the world's oceans pours in from just ten rivers, according to new research, eight of which are in Asia.

So we take our plastic from the source, mostly from recycling plants in India.

Why is it important to target the source?

While we are incredibly proud of the efforts people have gone to, in order to clean our oceans, it is not the solution to our plastic problem. Have we gone crazy, should we not concentrate our efforts on cleaning the oceans? Let us explain. Imagine that you walk into your kitchen and a pipe has burst and there is water leaking everywhere. What do you need to do first? You need to turn the water off. How do you know that? You know that no matter how fast you mop that floor, or how many towels you put down it won't prevent the water coming out that pipe.           

 That’s our philosophy at Ocean Apparel.

We need to stop plastic leaking into our oceans and earth otherwise our cleanups will be as relentless as that burst pipe you haven’t turned off yet.

We will contact you later about the size and colour choice. We currently have these 7 colours, however, we will be able to add some more colour's to this before we contact you.

Sizes range from XS-XXL in both women's and men's

Risks and challenges

At the moment we are a very small team, so scaling up the number of T-shirts will be challenging.
However, we have a plan... Family. We have a big family and if needs be, we will hire more people to help us fulfil orders on time (or hopefully earlier). If you're passionate about saving our oceans drop us an email.

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