Plastic Pollution Coalition
Between the two of them, Kris and Emma Barber were wearing more than 40 plastic bottles.
All right, I confess, I wrote that line because it sounds neat. It’s true, as well. The couple’s identical outfits (soft black t-shirts and khaki pants), as well as Kris Barber’s blue fleece jacket, were all made from fabric produced from recycled plastic bottles. “It’s basically just like polyester,” Kris said as he good-naturedly allowed this slightly incredulous journalist to pull at his t-shirt.
Kris Barber is CEO of DGrade Clothing , a United Kingdom-based company that converts recycled plastic into yarn. “We chip plastic bottles into flakes and extrude them into a fiber which is then spun into a yarn,” he said. The yarn is woven into fabrics that are styled into comfortable and trendy clothing. Talk about upcycling!
I met the Barbers last summer at Plastic Pollution Coalition ’s inaugural Think Beyond Plastic competition and conference in Berkeley, CA Paul Tasner, more than 60,000 people end up in emergency rooms every year with injures sustained while trying to open PVC blister packaging.