TAGS: New York Fashion Week, vending gimmick, new vending machine, Plastics Make it Possible, plastic bottle currency, eco-chic fashion, Allison Parris, Steve Russell, American Chemistry Council
WASHINGTON -- 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.
Passersby 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. Visitors to the Plastics Make it Possible website also will have a chance to win one of the limited edition T-shirts.
Plastics Make it Possible partnered with New York fashion designer Allison Parris for the debut of the machine, which is located on 8th Ave. between 57th and 58th Streets, from Sept. 9 to 11. The T-shirts feature an original design by 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."