Best of Ecouterre: 7 Eco-Chic Uses for Recycled Plastic Bottles

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+ Nike's 2010 World Cup uniforms are made from discarded plastic bottles, harvested from landfills in Japan and Taiwan, that were melted down into yarn and then spun into fabric.

+ British designer Tonya O'Hara turns discarded plastic into haunting, nature-inspired jewelry that look as delicate as the state of our planet.

+ Who knew hip-hop star Pharrell was such an eco-entrepreneur? This season, he teamed up with activewear label Moncler to launch a special-edition collection of men's jackets made entirely from recycled plastic bottles.

+ Vans' cruelty-free 106 SF sneaker is a classic apr├Ęs-surf shoe that features uppers made from recycled PET, along with water-based dyes and nontoxic glues. + Matt & Nat's gorgeous vegan handbags are each lined with a faux suede lining, derived from recycled plastic bottles.

+ British retailer Marks & Spencer recently announced plans to makes its clothing labels (over 300 million a year) from recycled PET instead of virgin polyester.

+ The padding on Zegna's Sports' solar-powered jacket once quenched thirsts as plastic soda and water bottles.

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