Okewa- The New Raincoats Made Entirely From Plastic Bottles

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These days, it is not uncommon to hear news of how more and more brands are turning their focus toward ethical fashion. As humanitarian and environmental issues are becoming more popular within the public consciousness, it is not surprising to see more and more consumers demanding such from brands. However, the newest addition to the world of ethical fashion is truly interesting.

New Zealand brand Okewa has recently released a capsule collection of rainwear. The kicker? The outerwear is fashioned from plastic bottles; serving an example of upcycling at one of its finest moments. The brand, which is based in Wellington, manages this by using @L fabric; a breathable alternative that is 100% made of plastic bottles.

The brand’s founders, Nick and Nevada Leckie, cite the inspiration behind their brand to be the need for “reimagining our [Wellington’s] turbulent relationship with rain.” Each jacket is, of course, waterproof and has a rating of 10,000 mm. The fabric used is of the technical two layer variety, and are ethically sourced by Bluesign approved mills in Japan and Taiwan. The founders were also greatly inspired by the need to tackle the global issue of plastic waste.


“If we can re-use some of this resource already in circulation, we wondered why we shouldn’t do it instead of extracting new raw material for the collection,” says Nevada Leckie.

The jackets come in a variety of colors such as blue, beige, black etc. They can be pre-ordered at the brand’s official Kickstarter.

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Proud Latina Feminist. My likes include strong coffee, watching the previews that come on before the movie, and things that come in pretty packages. I've been a bibliophile and fashion lover since well before I could read or tie my own shoes.

    • Corrada Spatola

      I really like the recycled aspects.

    • Alicia Cline

      I didn’t even know you could make clothes from plastic bottles. This is so cool!

    • Maya Asregadoo

      This is a great idea!

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