REMEANT textiles are revolutionising the recycling of single use plastics. Here’s how
By Lora O’Brien
I think by now we’re all aware of the burden single-use plastic is having on our planet. You only have to shop at the supermarket to see how almost every fruit and vegetable comes needlessly encased in plastic. Or shop online, only to have your teeny package of say, a lipstick, come wrapped in sheaths of the stuff! Sadly, these plastics are as their name suggests – intended for one single use!
It’s a shocking statistic that we produce hundreds of millions of tons of plastic every year. Most of this can’t even be recycled. While some cool brands are tackling the plastic pandemic by upcycling plastic bottles into everything from furniture to handbags, single-use plastic is still flooding the planet.
But thankfully, there’s one brand that’s trying to put this horrendous rubbish to good use. REMEANT textiles are tackling the plastic crisis in a truly innovative fashion-forward way!
Meet the duo behind REMEANT
The brand was created by a husband-and-wife team. They founded REMEANT textiles based on their love of nature. Specifically, while hiking, they were saddened to see litter lying discarded on the ground. Aiming to ensure a better future for themselves and their children, they got creative!
Elinor says, ‘I wanted to help and contribute by offering ideas to resolve the environmental pollution issues. When I was accepted to Shenkar college for a textile degree, I acquired the tools need to be a designer and this was another step on my path to fulfilling my vision. It come common to experiment with different materials; I chose disposable single use plastic, repurposed it and turned it into a higher, useful material. Later, as my skills grew, it was in the fourth year of my degree that REMEANT was born.’
The duo came up with the perfect solution for single use plastic – upcycling! Those (usually) unusable plastic materials are now being repurposed into fabulous textiles that can be used in sustainable vegan clothing, shoes, bags, home decor and interiors, accessories and much more for many years to come. Finally, the life of single-use plastic no longer ends in the trash and eliminates huge amounts of green gas emissions.
REMEANT creates high quality raw materials that are available in a diverse range of shades, colours and textures. They’re suitable for multiple uses, from fashion accessories to stylish homewares. Fashion and design brands are excited to use REMEANT innovative textiles due to their being strong, water-resistant and the perfect leather substitute for vegan fashions.
From trash to textiles
Fusing together the world of fashion and design with environmental care, REMEANT is striving to turn one of the world’s worst polluters into a textile that can be used in a multitude of ways, thus giving what has initially been made for a single-use a much longer life.
The fascinating material took more than four years to develop. But what’s amazing is that REMEANT isn’t just turning plastic trash into textiles. Their ultimate goal is to be able to turn any non-organic waste into a durable textile! Believing consumers and designers alike can join forces to drastically reduce waste of all kinds, this is a brand really working to make a difference.
Fashion to furniture
When it comes to clothing and accessories, the possibilities of REMEANT for sustainable fashion and textiles are seemingly endless. Allowing designers to be part of the new generation of eye-catching products, the fabric can be used to make everything from bags, shoes and accessories to clothing.
If it’s homeware you’re in the market for, REMEANT textiles are also used to create outstanding pieces of sustainable furniture. REMEANT textiles are suitable for a range of products, such as indoor and outdoor furniture, pillows and seat covers. The textile features high durability and is also scratch-resistant, making it ideal for homes with kids and pets. Their recycled fabrics used for upholstery will not only give a new lease of life to plastic, but will also provide beautiful modern style for your home.
Until recently, plastic bags, straws, cutlery, bubble wrap and cling film were all major problems for the environment. But thanks to innovations by REMEANT textiles, these troublesome plastics are now being repurposed into something useful and beautiful. That’s not to say it’s fine to use these nasty plastic products. It’s not. But the story of REMEANT proves that even the worst environmental issues can be solved with a bit of creativity, intelligence, and innovation.
Learn more about REMEANT textiles and the brands using them, here.