Alex Olson and Space Available Reuse Plastic Trash to Rescue Orangutans and Plant Trees
The partnership is centered on turning plastic waste gathered from landfills and rivers into new textile strips, as well as upclycling factory off cut cotton into new shirts. The capsule consists of handwoven items, like a recycled plastic water bottle holder set and sun hat, as well as two graphical T-shirts, all designed by the Bianca Chandôn and Call Me 917 founder.
Along with recycled plastic material, the water bottle holder set and sun hat each also utilize bamboo for its inner frame, and upcycled rope. The pieces share an artisan touch to the recycled materials as it’s handwoven by Balinese master weaver Nano Uhero and his team – a true craft piece where each one is unique in its shape and form. Supporting the local craft community in Indonesia is an important priority for Space Available.
Space Available’s “Trash for Trees” overall initiative of recycling and redesigning plastic waste with Alex Olson aims to rescue orangutans and replant trees in Indonesia. The goal is to plant 10,000 trees in the Sumatran rainforest and invest in on-the-ground initiatives with Space Available’s official partner, The Sumatran Orangutan Society. In order to achieve this, 20% of the profits from the collection will go towards the Society, with the remainder will go back into Space Available’s circular design program.
“At Space Available we use waste plastic as a raw material, rescued and recycled from landfills and rivers. There’s enough plastic In our oceans and landfills to last us forever, if recycled and repurposed back into a circular system. This project will barely scratch the surface on the work that must be done… but it’s a good place to start,” Space Available said about the partnership.
This is what we’re all about at FUTUREVVORLD – it’s not about doing better than the next person or company, it’s about actively making a start the way you can.
To learn more about the problems of and solutions to plastic waste in our water systems, check out our World’s Ocean Day story from earlier in the week.