Your soda bottle could be a shirt one day. No, Really. Through the efforts of Renew Merchandise, recycled plastic bottles can become custom clothing.
Seven years ago, J.T. Marburger was not all that familiar with recycling. Today, he knows more about recycling and turning recyclable material into consumer goods than most.
It can take up to 1,000 for a plastic bottle to fully decompose. And every second some 1,500 of these bottles end up in landfills.
Students at Georgia Southern University have more of an incentive to recycle plastic bottles.
The University has joined forces with a major recycling company to turn bottles into clothes!
There are many advantages to a new recycling program underway at Georgia Southern University.
As always, old stuff that might otherwise be thrown away gets recycled. But this time, students also get a chance to see exactly where the used products go, and how they’re turned into useful, even stylish new products.
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Georgia Southern University and its College of Business are partnering with Renew Merchandise, one of the world’s leaders in turning recyclables into clothes, to begin offering Georgia Southern licensed apparel made from Georgia Southern recycled plastic bottles.
“We are very excited that Georgia Southern, my alma mater, has decided to join our fast-growing list of partners,” said Renew president J.T. Marburger. “We want students involved in the project to gain real world experience while being eco-minded, and this is a great way to do both.”
That plastic bottle you just tossed into the recycling bin could end up in your closet. Think of it as locavore recycling. Virginia-based apparel outfit Renew Merchandise contracts with recycling plants to process their big clients’ bottles into flakes or pellets of plastic resin.
It’s anyone’s guess if as a kid he ever dressed up as a plastic bottle for Halloween, but President of Renew Merchandise J.T. Marburger now aspires to show the world how recycled polyester contents of a plastic bottle can be turned into useful products.
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