This Activewear Label Is Made From Recycled Fishing Nets

By James Shackell
27th Jun 2018

Unless you’ve been living in a bubble, you're probs aware that our planet is…well, look, we haven’t exactly been treating it great. The possibility of a scary-looking future is beginning to feel way too real, and a lot of people are looking to switch up their lifestyle. 

One of the big baddies on the environmental front is single-use plastic. It can take up to 1000 years to break down, aka 1000 years clogging our landfills (and penguins and dolphins). And it’s used bloody everywhere.

Rhianna Knight, founder of Australian activewear brand Team Timbuktu, is doing her bit to help. Team Timbuktu is a line of activewear, leggings and crops, and raincoats, all made from recycled single-use plastic bottles, discarded fishing nets and other ocean nasties. 

As well as giving new life to what would otherwise be floating fish traps, these materials also require less energy and resources to produce than conventional materials. Double win.  

Team Timbuktu want to cover all the bases when it comes to making sustainable products, and we reckon they’ve pretty much nailed it: their clothes are all made in sustainable and safe facilities, their packaging vetos individually wrapping clothes in plastic (why does everyone do that, anyway?) and 20% of their profits go back to charity. Places like Waves of Wellness, which uses surf therapy and education to help those facing mental health challenges, and The Foundation of National Parks and Wildlife, which backs conservation products to help us protect our stunning country.

Of course, we’re pretty happy that the clothes themselves are going to give our Instagram #fitspo hashtag some more hype. Quirky, delicate patterns on stretchy and comfy fabric. We promise they don’t feel like plastic. More like a second skin. A second skin that (if you live south of the Yarra) will look fantastic at brunch. 

Unfortunately, their free shipping deal only extends to Australia (grrrr), but you can still get your hands on some luxe fitness gear for a flat $20 shipping to NZ. Not too shabby. 

Read more about Team Timbuktu on their website

Image credit: Team Timbuktu

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