Get ready to up your recycling game thanks to REPREVE!
Listen, I consider myself a pretty green Mom.
No, I’m not talking about that time I went green.
I’m saying that I really do try my best to recycle everything I can rather than just tossing items into the trash. I use as many eco friendly products around the house as possible, and I generally do what I can to minimize the otherwise gigantic carbon footprint my family would be leaving behind without a daily effort to reduce, reuse and recycle. So when I heard about REPREVE, a recycled fiber made from materials like plastic bottles that can be used to make a variety of products, I was excited to learn more.
REPREVE is made by a leading textile manufacturer, Unifi Inc., and it can be found in a wide range of products ranging from clothing and footwear to auto interiors and it’s currently being used by some of the world’s leading brands.
Listen, at first I was a little hesitant. I mean, clothing made from recycled plastic bottles? What could that possibly feel like? I imagined something like the old “jelly” shoes I wore in the 1980’s that made my feet sweat and smell worse than a landfill.
Spoiler alert: REPREVE looks and feels amazing, but be prepared for people to want to reach out and touch your recycled items. It’s almost impossible to believe that it’s made from recycled plastic bottles!
So how is it made? What’s the process? Here’s a super simplified breakdown:
Step 1: Plastic bottles that consumers chose to recycle rather than accumulate in a landfill where they would have sat for hundreds of years are collected:
Step 2: Bottles are washed and chopped into flakes.
Step 3: Bottle flakes are melted and formed into chips
Step 4: Chips are melted and made into yarn.
How cool is that?!
Unlike those jelly shoes from my youth, footwear, clothing and other items made from REPREVE are both stylish and high quality with the added benefit of being environmentally responsible.
I had a chance to try it out for myself with a swimsuit by Finch Designs made with REPREVE and I couldn’t love it more!
Not only do I love the retro style of the Martini Halter swimsuit (in navy and emerald drops), it’s also perfect for the beach or pool. It’s halter style comes with removable straps for sunbathing, but the hooks and straps stay in place whether swimming laps in the pool or frolicking in the surf a-la-Bay Watch style (or falling off rafts, if I’m actually being honest).
Aside from staying in place and looking great, it feels amazing too. It’s a swimsuit that I’ve already worn more than any other in my drawer, and one I pretty much stop strangers to tell them about it’s construction.
“Hi, my swimsuit is made from recycled plastic bottles with an amazing fiber called REPREVE! Enjoy your swim…oh, and don’t forget to recycle!”
Ask any of my family, friends, or any person who happened to be sitting within 25 ft of me on the beach or at the pool, I’ve been sending people to the Finch Design’s website all summer!
Now one lucky winner (US Only), will also be able to try out one of Finch Designs bathing suits for themselves too. See the entry form at the bottom of the post and enter for a chance to select ANY one complete swimsuit from their collection of women’s, men’s, boy’s and girl’s swimsuits!
Before you consider tossing a plastic bottle into the trash where it could sit for hundreds of years in a landfill before it starts to biodegrade (if ever), recycle it! Your bottle could be made into something cool with REPREVE – like one of the Finch Designs swimsuits I’m giving away!
Be a part of the solution by checking out all the REPREVE items, and help spread the word. Did you know only 32% of plastic bottles in the US are recycled? What a waste!
Visit REPREVE’s website for more info on their process, their mission, how you can help and of course the amazing products being reborn thanks to REPREVE!
This has been a sponsored post where I received compensation or product in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed here are my own.