Made from plant waste, recycled brass and polyester, and discarded firefighter suits.
- Jacket made from old firefighter suits
- Zippers and cuffs made from plastic bottles
- Fire resistant
That’s why our Garbage range 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. The Garbage Jacket comes with zippers and cuffs built from old plastic bottles, cord locks made from grain husks, and an outer material built from old firefighter suits that were destined to spend the next few centuries on a rubbish pile.
Built from one of the toughest materials in the trash
While the Garbage Jacket takes a lot more crafting than one determined dude with a knife, the principles behind it are the same – just because someone else has thrown something away, it doesn’t mean it can’t be used for something else. Following in his footsteps, our Garbage Jacket is made with one of the toughest and most challenging materials in the trash. It’s called meta-aramid, and we get it from old firefighter suits.
Landfill can become a source of raw materials
Every material on Earth can end up in a garbage dump. There aren’t any real limits or restrictions. So you’ll find billions of tons of nylon and polyester from normal clothes which can take up to 200 years to decompose. 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.
The Garbage Jacket reimagines garbage at the very centre of the supply chain, not the bit at the end that no-one wants to look at.
Sourced from 500 tonnes of firefighter gear
The problem with aramid fibres is that the exact properties which make them incredibly useful are the same properties which make them extremely hard to get rid of. They won’t decompose for hundreds of years, and you can’t incinerate them because they won’t burn, so they simply get dumped in landfill. Every year 500 tonnes of firefighter gear are thrown away in France alone where the Garbage Sweater’s material is constructed.
The material can still repel fire
Even though the meta-aramid fibres were destined for landfill, they still retain enough of their properties to make the Garbage Jacket fire resistant. Hold a flame to the material and it won’t catch fire and the flames won’t spread. It’s why the only other use for this composite material until now has been building protective industrial gloves designed to hold a piece of metal more than 350°C for 12 seconds.
The other 30% is normally used in bulletproof vests
The remaining 30% of the jacket is reinforced with para-aramid. While it’s closely related to meta-aramid, which is a semi-crystalline fibre, it’s spun using a different technique to create a highly crystalline fibre. This high crystallinity results in a material with incredible tensile strength. It’s 5x stronger than steel on a weight for weight basis. And it’s so tough that 8 layers of it can stop a bullet. Which is exactly why it’s used to build bulletproof vests.
Firefighter suits and ballistic vests have a short lifespan
Although meta-aramid and para-aramid can withstand things that normal materials can’t, they’re not invincible. Firefighter gear and ballistic vests are put under massive strain through their day to day use. And when they’re exposed to heat, chemicals and abrasion they gradually degrade. Once they’ve broken down to the point where they’re no longer safe to be worn as protective gear they have to be replaced. It makes the normal lifespan of a firefighter suit or a bulletproof vest just 5 years.
Recycling aramid is hard
While it might not be strong enough or safe enough to work as protective gear anymore, in reality the clothes have only lost a fraction of their original properties. And while some efforts are being made to repurpose aramids for use as insulation, the existing infrastructure to recycle these materials is pretty limited.
Zippers built from plastic bottles
The jacket fastens down the middle with an oversized zipper that’s protected by a storm flap and metal snap fasteners. Either side of the zipper you’ll find two zipped pockets also protected by storm flaps. You’ll also find a small zipped chest pocket built into the lining on the left hand side. All four zippers are made from recycled plastic bottles. And the metal snap fasteners are constructed from 80% recycled brass.
Size + Fit
The Garbage Jacket is designed with a regular fit.
|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|
|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|