• Caitlin Kennedy

How to turn a plastic bottle into a ski jacket

A look at the process behind how Repreve Fabrics (used by the likes of Planks), recycle waste plastics into fabrics

Living in the mountains, it is in some ways easier to forget about the climate crisis. We exist at a disconnect from the rest of the world and are surrounded by what at first glance seems like pristine nature. But of course, it is not. The mountains within which our village is nestled have been scraped and scragged, with trees torn down and rivers re-routed. As people whose existence here is requisite on continued snowfall, it’s important that we take stock and consider how we can do better, collectively and individually to alleviate the strain on the planet. That’s why we’re partnering up with Planks to shine a light every fortnight on a company or person who are really going all out on the quest to be more sustainable.

We thought we’d kick things off by taking a look at REPREVE, the incredible fabric made from post consumer plastic bottles. The recycled yarn then takes on a second life as a garment made by a myriad of different companies, including, of course, Planks. Unifi (the

company that makes REPREVE and other recycled yarns), has prevented over 18 and a half billion plastic bottles from entering landfill since their operation began back in 2007.