This is part of a series of articles that looks at entrepreneurs hoping to get their ideas off the ground through crowdfunding. At the time of writing, each of these innovations is currently seeking funding.
A recent graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, where she majored in interdisciplinary sculpture, Trisha Cheeney created Pälemer as a direct contest to fast fashion and as part of the recycling revolution. Cheeney is hoping to raise funds for her inaugural collection on Kickstarter as she believes it will help towards the cause for eliminating consumer waste. The capsule collection, Pälemer, includes a winter jacket that upcycles a remarkable 214 plastic bags, a lighter jacket, the Pälemar windbreaker and a book bag (made from 80 bags), which cleverly uses colours to create patterns.
Through Kickstarter, people can back the campaign to order the winter jacket for USD 485 and the windbreaker for USD 435. With 700 billion plastic bags produced every year and from material that is non-biodegradable, a majority of these will go into landfill. Cheeney’s innovation puts fashion clearly on a pedestal when it comes to tackling a global challenge, and it is hoped this collection will help change attitudes to manufacturing and the way the fashion industry uses materials.
With these sorts of innovations becoming more and more popular, will we see a greener planet and the global warming issue finally being tackled? Does this mean the end of plastic bags going into landfill?