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Ocean Trash Gets A Second Life As A Pair Of Shoes [Video]

Innovation

British fashion trio create a pair of plastic sneakers from rubbish collected on the beach.

Ross Brooks
  • 22 april 2014

To help spread the message about overconsumption and how much environmental damage it does, a trio of Brits have created a pair of shoes made entirely from plastic rubbish collected on U.K. beaches. Everything is Rubbish isn’t an attempt to sell a pair of recycled shoes, in fact, it’s the complete opposite. The project is meant to encourage people to “consume less. A lot less. Less food, less energy, less stuff.”

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Created by Charles Duffy, William Gubbins, and Billy Turvey, the project relates specifically to the millions of pieces of plastic that end up in the ocean every day and wreak havoc on the environment as a result.

The first of our clothing to show signs of damage is footwear. In the eyes of the consumer, a superficial blemish or a shift in the latest trend is all that’s needed to warrant a new purchase.

Contemporary footwear spends barely a fraction of its life hugging a foot. For the majority of its life it is rubbish. Whether in a landfill or washed up on a shoreline, the synthetics within the shoes — in addition to the plethora of plastic we discard — will take centuries to break down.

To see how the shoes were made, check out the video below:

Everything is Rubbish

Source: Grist

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