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Girlfriend Collective Compressive High-Rise Leggings

Did you know that Taiwan used to be called “Garbage Island”? On account of the horrifying amount of trash overflowing their landfills, clogging waterways, and washing up on beaches. But now, this small island nation of 23 million people off mainland China has one of the most impressive recycling programs in the world, with 55% of waste being recycled (compared to 35% in the US). Much of the plastic waste from nationwide recycling efforts are sent to processing centers, and eventually get made into synthetic yarns and fabrics used by fashion manufacturers. And even though more companies are turning to recycled materials as a way to reduce their environmental impact there are many foreign recyclers in places like China that actually recycle brand new bottles as post-consumer bottles in order to sell them at a higher price to eco-conscious brands trying to use recyclables in their products. Girlfriend Collective believes in being as transparent as possible in their ethical manufacturing process and use of recycled materials. This is why they use production facilities monitored by the Taiwanese government recycling authority to ensure that only used water bottles go into their bras and leggings. Each pair of Girlfriend Collective Compressive High-Rise Legging starts with diverting 25 post-consumer water bottles from landfills. These extra high-rise leggings offer four-way stretch and compressive fabric made of 79% recycled PET plastic and 29% spandex. Perfect for high-impact activities like running and yoga, or a day of binge watching tv from the couch.

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