19 Cool Products Made of Recycled Ocean Plastic
Feel Good Fitness
Your downward dog and warrior pose will feel even better with this yoga mat made from recycled neoprene wetsuits. The cushy mat, made in California, keeps wetsuit waste out of landfills. Can you say namaste?
Buy it: Uncommon Goods Recycled Wetsuits Yoga Mat, $89
Rothy’s began with the goal of finding a creative way to repurpose single-use plastic, much of which ends up in our oceans, into something with a broad consumer appeal: cute shoes. So far, the brand has found new life for more than 20 million ocean-bound water bottles; the insoles are made from other recycled shoes, too. Plus, the brand goes one step further with their eco-focus, packaging the shoes in biodegradable boxes that are resealable so no plastic tape is needed should you need to make a return.
Buy it: Rothy's Points, Flats, Loafers, and Sneakers, from $125
Every purchase of this bracelet—made from recycled glass and plastic bottles—funds the removal of one pound of trash from the ocean.
Buy it: The 4Ocean Bracelet, $20
Sustainable fashion powerhouse Stella McCartney, ocean advocacy organization Parley for the Oceans, and sportswear leader Adidas come together for the creation of these olive-and-black knit tennis shoes. The yarn used in the sneakers is made from recycled bottles from the ocean.
Buy it: Ultraboost Parley Sneakers, $230
Altruistic Athletic Wear
Frisbee with a Cause
From Shore to Jewelry Box
Fishing Net Sunglasses
Clean Ocean, Clean Dishes
Enjoy the ocean’s bounty with a tool made from prevented ocean pollution. The J&J Oyster Shucker is made with commercial-grade stainless steel for flipping shells with ease; the handle is made with recycled plastic.
Buy it: J&J Products Oyster Shucker, $9
Packed for the Planet
Colorado-based Fishpond created Cyclepond fabric, which uses abandoned fishing nets to make sturdy linings for their duffle bags and totes. This backpack has a water-resistant waxed canvas material on the outside and a lining of the ocean-friendly recycled plastic material on the interior.
Buy It: River Bank Backpack, $150
In 2019, Australian hair care company Kevin Murphy switched all their bottles to recycled ocean plastic that “will save the planet over 360 tons of new plastic each year.” In an Instagram post announcing the switch, the brand wrote, “Together, we can make a difference for our planet and the life that lives and thrives in it – let’s clean our oceans!”
Buy it: Kevin Murphy Repair-Me.Wash shampoo, $32
Surfing legend Kelly Slater and designer John Moore collaborated to create a line of clothing and surf gear that’s sustainable for both their employees—they aim to pay fair wages—and the planet. To that end, they created Econyl, a material made with recycled fishing nets and surplus nylon that’s used it in shorts, jackets, and more.
Buy it: Pocket Evolution Trunk, $78
See the Sea
Florida-based sunglasses maker Costa partnered with Bureo, the company that works with fishermen to prevent discarded nets from entering the ocean, to create chic sunglasses out of recycled nets. The Untangled line is available in four styles, each with a choice of one of four polarized lens colors.
Buy it: Victoria Blue Mirror Polarized Sunglasses, $185
H2O on the Go
These glass water bottles help the plastic problem in two ways: the silicon sleeve is made with ocean plastics, and they prevent single-use plastic water bottles from finding their way into the waters.
Buy it: Soma Glass Water Bottles, $30