Garbage Sweatshirt

Built with cotton that was heading to the dump, and stitching made from plastic bottles.

£275 £137
Size

Model is 6ft 2 / 189cm with a 40 inch / 101cm chest, and wears size Large.

  • Material made from fabric scraps
  • Stitching made from recycled plastic bottles
  • Soft and comfortable
Every single second, a garbage truck’s worth of clothing is dumped into landfill somewhere on Earth. So if we want to avoid trashing our planet, we have to start figuring out how to re-use the stuff we already have.

That’s why the Garbage Sweatshirt started with a very simple idea. What if garbage isn’t garbage? What if it’s simply pre-assembled raw materials that we can use to make new things. Designed to help rethink the role that garbage will play in Earth’s future, the Garbage Sweatshirt takes materials that were destined to spend the next few centuries on a rubbish pile, and transforms them into something new. Built with cotton that was headed to the dump and stitching made from plastic bottles, it’s a soft sweatshirt made from two of the largest waste streams on Earth.

Technical Details

Material made in Portugal: 50% recycled cotton, 50% organic cotton
Stitching is 100% recycled polyester
Material certified by the Global Recycled Standard
Material weighs 385g/m2
Sweatshirt weighs 530 grams
Machine wash 30°C
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Landfill can become a source of raw materials

Around 100 billion new pieces of clothing are made each year. And by 2050 that number is likely to double. At the same time over 150 tons of clothing are dumped in landfill every minute. So if we want to change that we need to start figuring out how to make new clothes from the stuff we already have. While lots of the materials we work with start life in a cutting-edge lab or out in nature, the Garbage Sweatshirt comes from two huge piles of trash.

Part of our Garbage range

Every piece in our Garbage range is made from stuff the world threw away. But while our Garbage Sweater and Jacket are built from old bulletproof vests and firefighter suits – which are some of the toughest and most challenging materials in the trash – the Garbage Sweatshirt takes a different approach. Instead, it re-uses the most common materials the world throws away. Because if waste streams are going to become a viable source of raw materials, then we have to tackle the biggest ones too.

Half the sweatshirt is made from recycled cotton

Around 75% of all clothes in the world contain cotton. And even though cotton biodegrades, it’s also one of the most commonly found materials in landfill as only a fraction of today’s clothes get recycled. So we intercept cotton that was headed to the dump and use it to build half of the Garbage Sweatshirt.

Stitched together with old plastic bottles

The sweatshirt is then stitched together with thread made entirely out of recycled polyester. Around 60% of all clothing in the world is made with synthetic fibre. And the majority of that is polyester. Unlike cotton it doesn’t biodegrade as it’s a plastic. Which means that once it ends up in landfill it can take centuries to break down. So rather than creating new plastics to create new clothes, we re-use plastic that already exists, by extracting it from old plastic bottles.

Where the future of clothing is going

There are three ways to tackle sustainable clothing. You can use advances in material technology to make clothes with a longer life expectancy than the people wearing them. You can go back to using nature to make clothes that require as little energy as possible and leave no trace of their existence at the end of their lives. Or you can start digging into waste streams to use the stuff people have already generated and discarded. With our 100 Year range, our Black Algae range, and our Garbage range, we’re now tackling all three routes at the same time.

Size + Fit

The Garbage Sweatshirt is designed with a regular fit.

Size XS S M L XL XXL
Fits chest 83 - 90 91 - 98 99 - 106 107 - 114 115 - 122 123 - 130
Fits waist 71 - 76 76 - 81 81 - 86 86 - 91 91 - 96 96 - 101
Size XS S M L XL XXL
Fits chest 33 - 36 36 - 39 39 - 42 42 - 45 45 - 48 48 - 51
Fits waist 28 - 30 30 - 32 32 - 34 34 - 36 36 - 38 38 - 40