Wedding Gown Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles

June 24, 2011 / 2 Comments

The gown you see in the picture below is not just the conventional ones you see in ceremonial weddings. Trailed by a 16-foot train and weighing more than 22 pounds, Michelle Brand’s gown is the sum of 2,220 recycled plastic-bottle bases, 6,512 plastic-bottle tops and 13,880 tags. Debuted at Britain’s largest inner-city shopping center in April, it is designed to encourage shoppers to throw out plastic bags in favor of reusable canvas totes.

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To the designer, it was an amazing opportunity to see mass-produced everyday objects differently. She added that it explores how we can make sense of the green issue of sustainability. In a way, it was her attempt to dispel the misconceptions centered on designed art objects made from found or reused parts.

However, it wasn’t that easy to weave a gown with recycled plastic-bottle chandeliers. It required hours of washing, cutting, filing and polishing the bottles.

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“The work and support of the volunteers has really helped me to design and create a fabulous piece which I hope will make people stop and want to learn more about the process of how it was made”- says the designer.

No doubt, Brand’s endeavor brings the idea of sustainability to the everyday consumer in a creative and thought-provoking way.

Stay tuned.