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London College Of Fashion Students Make Clothes Out Of Plastic Bottles

by: Lucy Jones | 2 years ago | News

VIN + OMI's Spring 2019 show. Image Source.

Students from the London College of Fashion are making clothes out of used plastic bottles that they collected at last week's London Fashion Week Men's shows. The students will be collaborating with London-based brand VIN + OMI to turn these plastic bottles into garmetns as part of a project called Bin 2 Body. The final products will be showcased at VIN + OMI's London Fashion Week show in September. 

“We’re going to turn all of the plastic bottles into fabric and then, in August, we’re going to turn them into accessories. Then we’re going to partner up with a store and all the proceeds will go to a London salvage group,” Omi told WWD

The students installed 'bespoke bins' at the show venues to collect single-use plastic bottles, according to WWD. These bins were emptied each day and sent to labs that transformed them into low microfibre release textiles.  

The Bin 2 Body project is part of a bigger shift towards sustainability at the London College of Fashion. 10 years ago, the school launched a course that focuses on sustainability and now all their courses include units on social responsibility and sustainability. 

“It’s important for our students to have a critical understanding about issues around sustainability, climate change and inequality from a human perspective,” Dilys Williams, director of the LCF’s Centre for Sustainable Fashion, explained.

VIN + OMI are known for incorporating innovative materials and political messages into their designs. The brand makes clothing out of pineapple leather, eco-friendly latex, chestnut leather and salvaged plastics. Last year, they recruited new wave punk icon Debbie Harry (aka Blondie) to walk in their SS18 show. Vin and Omi closed the show hand-in-hand with Harry, wearing jumpers that read: “Stop fucking the planet”. 

"We want everyone to do it so we can create a global awareness of what can be done,” Vin explained after the presentation. “And then governments will change and there will be more processing plants and we can hopefully just get everybody wearing what they've thrown away.”

Amen to that!

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