10 Things You Won’t Believe Are Made Out Of Recycled Water Bottles

By now, we’re all pretty familiar with how plastic affects our planet. It’s currently believed that there are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in our oceans. Approximately 100,000 marine creatures die each year from plastic entanglement and over 1 million seabirds die from plastic ingestion. In fact, it takes a single plastic water bottle over 450 years to fully decompose. 450 YEARS! Some companies are using this overflow of plastic to turn it into something better. From fashion to home goods, check out which companies are collecting those trillions of water bottles and creating treasure out of trash.

Girlfriend Collective

Chances are, you’ve heard me shout my love of Girlfriend leggings from the rooftops. I love how comfortable and cute they are, but did you know they’re made from recycled water bottles? Now I don’t feel quite as guilty for buying the 14 pairs I already own 🙈.

Allbirds

My younger brother, of all people, introduced me to Allbirds. These incredibly comfortable active sneakers use recycled fibers and one water bottle per pair of laces.

Madewell Second Wave Swimwear

The cutest swimwear of the season is also eco-friendly?! Taylor is in love with her Madewell Second Wave suits, which are made from recycled water bottles, and how can you blame her?

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FJÄLLRÄVEN Mini Re-Kånken Backpack

Designed with the environment in mind, this sized-down version of the classic Kånken backpack is fashioned from recycled plastic bottles and spin-dyed to use minimal water, energy and chemicals.

Kevin Murphy Haircare

My hairdresser introduced me to Kevin Murphy products about a year ago, and I’ve been hooked. I had no idea that this high-quality haircare was also eco-friendly. In an effort to create a circular supply chain, the company is making its bottles from 100 percent recycled ocean plastics.

Everlane ReNew

Everlane’s ReNew outerwear collection is made from 100 percent recycled materials. You can warm up in this cozy sweater and save 35 recycled water bottles, or a super cute puffer jacket that saves 75!

Method Cleaning Products

In addition to being non-toxic, Method packaging is made from 100 percent recycled plastic and is designed for maximum recyclability and efficiency.

En Shalla Handbags

These stylish Moroccan handbags are made of woven straw, cotton and raffia, and have a fully recycled plastic interior lining. No one will ever know this chic accessory is also helping to clean up the planet.

Soma Water Bottles

First things first, if you don’t have a reusable water bottle yet, get one! No more adding plastic water bottles to our overwhelming supply. These glass bottles by Soma are super beautiful and come with a silicone sleeve made from recycled plastic.

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Rothy’s

Everything Rothy’s makes is sustainable from beginning to end. The shoes are made from recycled water bottles and recycled foam. Even its shipping and packaging materials are fully biodegradable. Plus,  there are tons of cute styles to choose from for women and kids!

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Working on reducing your carbon footprint? Check out these posts next: 5 Apps To Help You Live More Sustainably, Why Sustainable Feminine Products Are So Important and Whitney Leigh Morris On Purpose

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Author: Samantha Welker

Samantha Welker is the business manager at Glitter Guide. She has an Master's in Corporate Finance & Sustainability from Harvard Business School but prefers working in the creative industry. She also hosts a weekly business podcast for creative women called Pretty Okay Podcast. She loves spending time with her husband and her son, Rocky, in sunny San Diego. Follow along on Instagram