G-Star RAW for the oceans: Is Pharrell making recycled plastic clothing trendy?

‘We have created Denim’s next generation.’ – Pharrell Williams

On August 15th 2014 G-Star launched their brand new recycled plastic clothing line: G-Star RAW for the oceans. With Pharrell Williams as curator and co-designer the project is likely to gain a large following and plenty of coverage, bringing the issue of plastic waste in our oceans into the limelight at last. It’s all well and good having celebrity endorsement, but does this project actually have real potential?

The team at G-star have developed a new Bionic Yarn, a world first created for their denim products. As the website states, in a step by step process guide, the plastic is collected from the ocean and is then broken down into small fibres which can then be spun. They are spun into a strong core yarn and then helixed with cotton, this creates Bionic Yarn. The yarn is then weaved or knitted into the fabrics ready to make RAW for the oceans clothing. Bionic yarns are up to 400% stronger than conventional yarns, meaning clothes are long-lasting.

‘I see fashion in the future as a place to wear the responsibility’ – Founder of Bionic Yarn Tyson Toussant 


RAW for the oceans was taken to New York Fashion Week where they showcased their creations along with conferences discussing the issue of our oceans plastic problems along with their new Bionic Yarn. The collection has been well received, particularly when Pharrell himself has been wearing the clothing as he is something of a fashion icon. It seems that together they have achieved the difficult task of stirring interest and gaining support for the cause, whilst also creating a contemporary and relevant product to capture the attention of younger generations too.

G-Star, Pharrell – We salute you! Keep doing what you’re doing!


Mingling with Bristol’s green minds

On Thursday 7th August we headed down to Bordeaux Quay to the Green Mingle to meet some of the people who are making Bristol European Green Capital happen. The event is on the first Thursday of every month and gives like minded eco-concerned individuals the chance to mingle and find out what is going on in our green city. The atmosphere was great and after grabbing a beer at the bar we delved into the crowd to try and do our best mingling. We were fortunate enough to meet some lovely people, including Demian, a surveyor from Gleeds, who is trying to encourage more sustainable practices in his firm. We also met the lovely Anna from Pukka Herbs who spoke to us about the possibilities of reducing waste from drinks companies by returning glass containers to be refilled and the potential issues with chemicals and bacteria that make this very difficult. Anna also discussed some of the important changes bigger supermarkets are making to the way they treat waste and plastics and why it is important to recognise this as well as promoting local businesses. This is something we will be looking into further very shortly.

We were then introduced to the couple in the photo below. Edward works at Nextek- sustainable solutions for polymers and recycling, and his wife is part of the Earth Champions Foundation. Edward talked to us about a new type of plastic that is currently being trialled in Kent. Apparently the reason that black plastics can’t be recycled is because the infra-red systems used in mechanical recycling can’t respond to black plastic effectively to sort it. This new type of black plastic which is actually a dark shade of red, will provide a solution to this conundrum. He also told us about the possibilities of certain types of plastics being glow in the dark to make sorting plastics even simpler.


Overall the evening was good fun and we met some very interesting and approachable people. We will definitely be making an effort to attend as many of the mingles as possible and would recommend that anyone who has an interest in European Green Capital and wants to find out more should attend one of these evenings too!


Recycled rubbish = Solar water feature!

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I’m very proud of one thing in the garden. It’s an almost totally recycled project that we built when we first got our house.

Unfortunately it malfunctioned recently but that gives me the chance to post how I made it.

When we moved in our tiny garden was paved and quite bare. But it had some lovely features or potential for lovely features.

I decided I really wanted a water feature.

But surely I hear you cry, “that’s not very environmental it requires water and electricity.”

I decided that if I could make it with as much recycled material as possible and without using any fresh water or electricity then I could have a water feature.

I needed to do a little bit of thinking.

First we remembered that there was a huge Belfast sink that we’d lent to somebody years before and they hadn’t actually used it.


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Gathering up the waste!

We set ourselves the task of collecting any new plastic we bought and used everyday for six days – a task far more tricky than expected. Afters days of weird looks from friends and the general public for obsessively stuffing bits of rubbish into our bags, we’ll now be doing all we can not buy these items in the first place! When we find alternatives we’ll post them on our Plastic Collections page.

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Chatting with the guys making Bristol green…

One of our main motivations for starting Down and Out in Bristol with Plastic was to figure out where our plastic goes after we’ve put it in the recycling. At the Living City talk we found an answer. Green Warehouse is a company that produces waste bins entirely out of recycled plastic. The company operates from an office in Hengrove and prides itself on it its green credentials. Founder of the company Will and his colleagues were kind enough to tell us a bit about what they do and how Green Warehouse works.

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Some good tips here, even doing a few of these will make a difference!

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It’s said you need to do something thirty three times before it becomes a habit. I’ve been wondering how easy it is to break a habit!

Many of our environmentally, negative behaviours are a result of habits.

I’m working hard on reduce.

Recycle is a great word and a good habit but we’ve tried to cut back on many things that are non-essential.

I’ve already mentioned that I don’t like single use water bottles.

Since I decided they were negative I decided to grow a new habit.

I now carry a bottle everywhere I go. This way I can drink tap water that I have or obtain any time.

It’s not the only thing I carry. I also hate single use coffee cups. Though they are often paper based they’re generally waxed or plastic coated. This means they won’t biodegrade.

To avoid using them, I now carry a Keep…

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