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- 18,000 pieces of plastic are estimated to float in every square kilometre of the ocean
- 633 species worldwide including 77 Australian species are impacted by marine debris
- Over 75% of what is removed from our beaches is made of plastic
Phase 1: Recycled bottles are taken to a recycling centre where they are shredded so that any liquid is removed. They are then boxed up to be shipped to phase 2.
Phase 2: The bottles are sorted into clear and coloured plastic, stickers and bottle lids. They are put in a bath where lids float to the surface and can be cleared. Next, it's bath number two in chemicals which help remove the stickers.
Phase 3: After a couple of chemical baths, the plastic bottles have now become a pile of sludgy clear plastic shreds. Now it's time to dry it off. The plastic spends about 10 hours in what is effectively a slow cooker, rotating until it is dry and ready for phase 4 in it's journey to become active-wear.
Phase 4: Next the mixture is sent through a rotating screw where it is heated up to a rather hot 270 degrees celsius, which melts the plastic, and it's then dropped into large strings which are collected into a container.
Phase 5: Now we have large strings of thread, but it's not strong enough for our performance clothing just yet. It is reheated and stretched to create stronger, binding fibres.
Phase 6: So what happens next with these new stronger fibres? We rip them apart again. Once they're torn apart, we're left with a cotton wool like raw substance.
Phase 7: The fluff is sent off to another factory where it's made into cloth. A machine lays the fibres into rough cloth. This cloth is then spun into fibre and collected on giant bobbins.
Phase 8: The thread is now ready to be transformed into our epic WODUP designs.
So, what was once rubbish and potential marine debris is now sweat-wicking, functional and stylish active-wear! This helps to conserve and protect the planet and contributes to combatting climate change.
Along with supporting the Tangaroa Blue Foundation by donating $1 from every sale to help this non for profit organisation clean up Australian beaches and oceans, we are 'Doing Good' by saving our planet one eco fit kit at a time!
We're doing our bit to help you #MakeYourImpact. The rest is up to you...