Vending machine accepts bottles for payment

For three days during New York Fashion Week, consumers can “buy” a limited edition designer T-shirt made with recycled plastic fabric from a new vending machine by Plastics Make it Possible –using a plastic bottle as currency.

Passers-by can deposit a plastic bottle into the machine and a new garment made with recycled plastics will be dispensed, underscoring how everyday plastics can live on as “eco-chic” fashion. The machine is designed to celebrate the growing role of recycled plastics in fashion.

The T-shirts feature an original design by Allison Parris, who is one of a growing number of designers who have embraced recycled plastics as one of the new go-to materials for creating clothing and accessories. To help create the T-shirt material, plastic bottles are cleaned, melted, and stretched into a fine thread, which then is woven into soft, comfortable fabrics.

“By demonstrating that high-quality, stylish clothing can be made with recycled plastics, we hope that Allison Parris’s design and this unique vending machine will inspire people to recycle more plastics,” said Steve Russell, vice-president of plastics for the American Chemistry Council, which sponsors the Plastics Make it Possible initiative. “The simple act of recycling a plastic bottle or container or wrap not only helps reduce waste but also helps create the raw materials for making new, useful products, such as clothing.”

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