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The once perfect-making pliable of the 1950s is down in the dumps. So much for Tupperware parties and that 90's era must-have accessory: the water bottle.

Want to know what happens when wasteful quick-fix concepts turn bad? In the case of plastic it's the Great Pacific Garbage Patch—a sticky mess about twice the size of the continental US, 500 nautical miles from the California coast, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Yup, this mass of goopy trash is composed mostly of plastic, in the shape of everything from bottle caps, plastic containers, scraps of plastic bags, even kayaks and laundry baskets- approximately 100 million tons worth. What we apparently never considered when mass producing our favorite pliable is that plastic doesn't biodegrade, and, as proven by the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, it floats.

So the question now is:

What are we supposed to do with all of the plastic we've already formed into some of our once-favorite household things?

Scientists have figured out a way to spin plastic into fabric(!) called EcoSpun and EcoFill. Plastic bottles are sorted by type and color, cleaned, crushed, diced, melted down to a liquid, and finally fashioned into fibers. The yarn is then spun (and sometimes blended with other yarns like organic cotton to increase its touchability- softness). Finally it is sewn into clothing?shockingly comfortable and seriously stylish clothing, I might add! A 50/50 recycled plastic bottle/organic cotton shirt requires only 5 recycled bottles to produce.

Fitness freaks will be thrilled to find out that those water bottles we once toted around have been fashioned into fitness wear. Imagine if the very same bottle you once sipped, you are now wearing as a workout shirt!

Here's to the plastic perfected again—recycled: