Finally! Bike Style, Performance and Recycled Plastic Bottle Fabric All in One Jacket

Sarah with the brown riding jacket on a blue bike
When you are ready to start commuter cycling, you can't just drop down to your nearest neighborhood bike store and expected to get everything you need. Especially not if you are a woman. So if you add in the eco desire, you'll come up pretty much empty handed in a quest to find comfortable, affordable, bike-to-boardroom-to bar-room attire. Here's a glimmer of hope from up above the 49th parallel - Modrobes, which was a popular line of loungewear, has recreated itself as an "eco-sportswear" brand aimed primarily at urban cyclists.
Man in black Modrobes Riding jacket
To be sure, Modrobes is just starting out, and their sensibility veers to black, grey, pale beige, and the brown shown above in the Riding jacket probably for the very good reason that these colors are popular, versatile, and hide road dirt. That practical color wave seems to be a favorite of designers of bicycle attire - the Pedaler line sticks to the muted palette, as do Nau and the pricy Rapha line (which features very little for women. but at least throws in some scarlet).

Modrobes is putting an emphasis on using a polyester produced by recycling plastic bottles. The Riding jacket, which the company produced as a limited edition this season but which will be back in the fall along with a peacoat, uses approximately 18 plastic bottles in its manufacture.

"We chose to get this material from Taiwan, as it is a country with one of the highest recycling rates," said Modrobes founder Steve Sal Debus. "We have the mill audited - they make this light softshell that is 91% recycled polyester and 9% spandex."

The Riding jacket design is based on a traditional trench style, but has a cinched waist and wide pockets below the cinch. The women's jacket falls around the mid-thigh and includes bottom back vent for style and extra movement. It will retail for CAN $150.00 (approximately U.S. $143). This is a great price, comparatively.

Sal Debus doesn't yet have a method for recycling the Riding jacket or any of the other Modrobes jackets. he said he expects they will last at least 5 to 6 years and hopes by then a standard and a stream is in place for recycling polyester.

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