Can Millennial’s Get Any Better? Tights Made From Plastic Bottles Are The Next Big Thing

Millenials are making massive change and influence to companies around the world when it comes to environmental sustainability.

They are on board and supporting all sorts of ideas to curb plastic waste, from shampoo bars and stainless steel straws to reusable coffee cups and biodegradable toothbrushes!

In 2015, Nielson published its annual Global Corporate Sustainability Report. It stated that, globally, 66% of consumers are willing to spend more on a product or service if it comes from a sustainable brand. Millennials gave an even more impressive result showing, with 73% of surveyed millennials expressing a similar inclination. This shows how much we are becoming more aware of our impact on our planet and their drastic consequences.

But Why Millennials?

But why are Millenials so concerned with environmental sustainability, so much more than other generations? A study done by the University of Texas in Austin, USA, showed that it is because the younger generations have a long time to live in this world, more so then others and will be the ones to suffer the consequences they do to the earth now, thus they give priority to be informed on environmental issues and be aware of what they can do to help.

It does help as well that universities are providing and encouraging students to incorporate principles of environmental responsibility into all areas of their consumption and workplace practices.

Conversely, the older generations are more likely to have a short-term outlook on their impacts on the world as they may not experience the full effects our actions will have on the earth and so are more likely not to be as informed or encouraged to learn and act on such issues. That is, older generations may conserve less, cause more environmental harm and contribute to environmental issues.

Disclaimer! This is not to say that all people from older generations do not care about the environment, there are many older people that do care, sometimes more than the younger ones! This is just showing what surveys have told us about the popularity in younger generations more than it has been in older generations.

What Waste?

The waste that humanity distributes is overwhelming and sometimes from items you would not think about. An example would be your electronics such as our phones and computers which are extremely harmful to our atmosphere when disposed of, as it is acquired from their toxic chemicals. Additionally, the clothes that we buy, not only are their disposal processes harmful to our atmosphere but more still, the resources needed to make them, such as water and land, is exhaustive to our environment.

What Millenials are starting to realize is, is the importance of the design process before the manufacture of products. Normally, companies are focused on making products that are cheap to make and convenient for the consumer, in turn, expecting its life cycle to run out and eventually end at the graveyard of a landfill.

US EPA is strongly urging manufacturers to design for the environment by using less toxic materials, recyclable or reusable materials. That way, we avoid single-use products that have a quick lifecycle and focus our attention on materials that are sustainable.

There are many ways of using materials to make products that are sustainable whether they are reused, recycled or are made from materials that can decompose, the options are becoming more creative!

In fact, one of the most creative inventions yet is becoming increasingly popular among millennials today. Plastic Bottles and clothing, two large environmental pressures, have come together to solve their issues.

Clothes made out of RECYCLED PLASTIC BOTTLES!

Yes, this is possible and the video below will show you how. It is amazing what we are able to do when we think sustainably.

It really is a time to be involved in this movement.

 

Plastic bottles are one of the biggest contributors to plastic waste and only 9% of plastics are recycled, the rest going to landfill or our environment.

Being a part of this movement is a wonderful thing, not only can we look great, but also have the pride that we are being a part of something wonderful for our world.

Below are some clothing brands that support this initiative and are excited to share it with the world!

Tights from Vegetaryn are made from recycled plastic water bottles which are super earth-friendly and sustainable! They are incredibly soft, moisture wicking and absolutely beautiful.

Have a Discount code on me! EARTHCO

 

 

 

 

 

Our Earth Is Thankful!

We are all in this together when it comes to the health of our planet. It is our home and our responsibility to look after it. Sometimes it can be hard to think that one person and one purchase can make a difference but it really does. Not only that but you are showing and teaching others about it as well, it is a movement and you get to pick if you want to be a part of the problem or the SOLUTION!
Let us be the change we want to see in the world.

 

Thank you again for teaching yourself a thing or two about what options are out there for you to contribute to a healthy world. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave me one, it is an important issue and I would love to hear your thoughts!

 

Yours Truly,

 

Danielle Packer

The Earth Co.

 

References:

Hanks, K., Odom, W., Roedl, D., & Blevis, E. (2008, April). Sustainable millennials: attitudes towards sustainability and the material effects of interactive technologies. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 333-342). ACM. 

Hill, J., & Lee, H. H. (2012). Young Generation Y consumers’ perceptions of sustainability in the apparel industry. Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management: An International Journal, 16(4), 477-491.

 

 

 

 

 

12 thoughts on “Can Millennial’s Get Any Better? Tights Made From Plastic Bottles Are The Next Big Thing

  1. It is so true that older generations care less about the environment then younger generations. We are the ones that have to live in this world for decades to come- and it is the actions we take today that will affect our later years and future generations. Great post and I hope more people read this and the message gets out!

    1. Thanks, Andrew for commenting! Yes it is important we look after our earth from all the devastating impacts we cause, and yes we need to do it for our children too! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. OK, Danielle, this is really an interesting topic for me and I love that you have brought it out. The video was amazing and I’m going to bookmark your page. I have worked in the cloth industry before and know some things about it. I would like to help change the world through this process. Great post.

    1. How great is the video! Amazing what we humans can do isn’t it? That is so great you are enthusiastic to do your part to make a change, thank you for taking an interest! 😀

  3. This is a great message to keep getting out there to the younger generations. It’s a little sad to see the companies out there that would rather go the inexpensive route with their product creation and damage the environment in the process. I hope that as the current younger generation continues to age that more and more changes are implemented. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks for commenting Jeremy! Yes, it is a little sad to see the route companies take as they only really care about earning a profit, which is understandable on a business end. But things are changing! So that is something to look forward too 🙂

  4. I really love what you are doing with your site! I looks fantastic and has come along a long way. I think that this can be true about Millennial’s but wouldn’t want to generalise. I know plenty of people who are older than me and care much more than some people my age and younger. There are definitely exceptions to this ‘rule’. Thank you for sharing, a really interesting read. Love those leggings!

    1. Thanks so much, Catherine for your compliment! And yes I 100% agree with you in regards to the number of older generations that do care about the planet and are big environmentalists themselves, this post, however, is simply highlighting the popularity of eco-friendly information and services more so than older generations, even though there are still lots of older generations that care. Hope that clears it up! 🙂

  5. Danielle,
    Suprised that I had not heard about this before. I will be sharing this with my coworkers. We tend to follow a lot of the repurposing of waste products. Our college is running all fast breakdown goods in the cafeteria. By the time I get back to my desk, the bowl is already falling apart. While talking with one of my coworkers he asked me why I had not designed a solution for plastic recovery from our oceans. I rough it out while we were talking. Interrupted him and started explaining how to use existing known systems and repurposing them for the task. Then he said no, no on the beaches. Oh, okay well then we just do this and that. Well, okay what about the micro pieces the size of sand? Let me think. Ahh, okay we have to run it in stages. Separating off the larger chunks first. There is an existing product that would possibly work to pull out the microplastics. I guess I never came up with a solution because no one asked me to?

    1. Hey Clint! Oh wow, so you actually work in an industry that can use this idea! That is terrific that you are so open to trying new things! Yes, redesigning the process may help address these issues especially in regards to micro-plastics getting disposed into our oceans. Thank you for sharing your story, very inspiring 🙂

  6. I’m a bloke so i cant say ill be wearing these, but i reckon my girl would love them. ill forward this page onto her. keep doing what youre doing its amazing

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