Almost nothing feels better than looking your best … except doing what’s best for the planet! Socially-conscious celeb Emma Watson certainly knew that, so when she hit the red carpet for the annual Met Gala, she wowed fashionistas and environmentalists alike by wearing a dress by Calvin Klein & Eco Age, which is made from recycled plastic.
Pretty stunning, right? Yup. This A-list superstar just wore recycled plastic to one of the biggest red carpets of the year … and she killed it.
Emma wrote in a Facebook post, “The body of the gown is crafted from three different fabrics, all woven from yarns made from recycled plastic bottles (!). Plastic is one of the biggest pollutants on the planet.”
You can say again, Emma. From plastic packaging to plastic bags – and way beyond – 300 million tons of plastic materials come into circulation every year. Let’s take that in: 300 million. And despite genuine efforts to recycle, 85 percent of the world’s plastic is not recycled. Instead, it makes its way to the oceans, putting around 700 marine species in danger of extinction, due to the threat plastic poses to them from entanglement, pollution, and ingestion.
We’ve got to fight for these marine animals with everything we’ve got – from our food to our fashion. And Emma sure knows that if you have the limelight, you ought to use it for good! She continued on Facebook, “Being able to repurpose this waste and incorporate it into my gown for the Met Gala proves the power that creativity, technology and fashion can have by working together.” Man, as if we needed more reasons to love Emma Watson! We can hope that next year, even more celebs will be donning sustainably spectacular gowns. With such innovation, Emma certainly did Hermione proud.
We might not all have Emma Watson’s star power, but we all have the power to change. What can you do?
While efforts are being made to remove debris from the oceans, improve recycling systems, and innovate barriers to prevent plastic from getting into waterways, we can all take action in our daily lives to stop plastic waste at the source.
“Plastic is ubiquitous in modern society and seemingly unavoidable. But is it worth risking the lives of marine species, the health of the oceans and our own future in the name of convenience? By taking steps to minimize everyday plastics in our lives, we can crush plastic at the source and give marine life a fighting chance,” said Nil Zacharias, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of One Green Planet.
If we all make an effort to identify where we use plastic and actively look for alternatives, we can drastically cut down on the amount of plastic pollution that finds its way into the oceans.
As the leading organization at the forefront of the conscious consumerism movement, One Green Planet believes that reducing everyday plastics from our lives is not about giving up anything or sacrificing convenience, but rather learning to reap the maximum benefit from the items you use every day while having the minimum impact.
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