Does it ever happen to you that you look around and get the overwhelming feeling of the quantity of things around you?
A week ago, I was staring at the peaceful sea horizon when gigantic ship entered the point of view, packed with colourful containers. It was so sudden and so gigantically foreign, piercing through the minimal vastness of the sea. A recently read statistics crossed my mind: 10% of all plastics made yearly end up in the sea. This ship was only a small piece of all the plastic made, but if 10% of all the plastic stuff in containers will someday end up in the sea, this means 100 containers.
Struck by the size of this fact I realised that our world is neatly packed for us in individual portions, and we do not even realise the sheer size of the problem with plastics on an actual scale.
But there are second chances for used plastics.
Kaaita’s soft felt has a rather surprising origin behind it. Disposable plastic bottles are the raw material which is processed and recycled in what experts call “the fluff”, cotton like puffy flocks of microfibre, which is then woven in soft and durable felt.
The nature and origin of this felt perfectly suits our Copa Copa slippers, as it is soft, warm and its weaving technique make them breathable.
So each pair of Kaaita slippers uses approximately six big plastic bottles. That's six bottles spared from the sea. And they sure look better on your feet.
Besides that, reducing waste is not the only plus side of felting plastic bottles. By using plastic bottles instead of plastic grains, there is less new plastic produced and also the production from reused plastic uses 2/3 less energy and 90% less water.
Our loop does not end with metamorphosis from disposable bottle to pair of soft slippers. Stay tuned for our next post and see how we make sure nothing goes to waste.