Vending Machine Exchanges Plastic Bottles For T-Shirts

Vending Machine Exchanges Plastic Bottles For T-Shirts
Design & Architecture

During New York Fashion Week, Plastics Make it Possible partnered with designer Allison Parris to dispense clothes made of recycled material.

Emma Hutchings
  • 13 september 2013

For three days during New York Fashion Week, Plastics Make it Possible offered people the chance to “buy” a limited edition t-shirt designed by Allison Parris. Their vending machine dispensed the t-shirts if a plastic bottles was deposited inside.



The shirts were made with recycled plastic fabric and the initiative wanted to show how recycled materials can become wearable, even chic clothing. Visitors to the Plastics Make it Possible website also got the chance to win a t-shirt, by leaving a comment about what plastics they recycle.

The t-shirts featured an original design by Parris, whose collection is “built around the idea that retaining moral values and being able to wear beautiful, well made clothing are not mutually exclusive actions.” To create the t-shirt material, plastic bottles are cleaned, melted, and stretched into a fine thread, which then is woven into soft, comfortable fabrics.

Plastics Make it Possible

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