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Young Vietnamese introduce socks made from recycled plastic bottles

Young Vietnamese introduce socks made from recycled plastic bottles

Monday, March 29, 2021, 10:01 GMT+7
Young Vietnamese introduce socks made from recycled plastic bottles
A special event is organized by Re.socks in Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City, March 27, 2021. Photo: Huu Huong / Tuoi Tre

A team of young Vietnamese in Ho Chi Minh City have offered eco-friendly socks in exchange for plastic bottles as an effort to spread the message of environmental protection.

Named Re.socks, the group organized their exchange at 169 Tran Huy Lieu Street in Phu Nhuan District on Saturday and Sunday after six months of research and preparation.

Fifty percent of the profit gained from the activity will be sent to the Vietnam Clean and Green Organization.

A woman brings plastic bottles to exchange for eco-friendly socks at the event organized by Re.socks in Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City, March 27, 2021. Photo: Huu Huong / Tuoi Tre

A woman brings plastic bottles to exchange for eco-friendly socks at an event organized by Re.socks in Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City, March 27, 2021. Photo: Huu Huong / Tuoi Tre

Participants who brought along plastic bottles were given a special type of socks made from recycled plastic bottles.

“The fashion industry is causing many environmental problems, so we planned on promoting sustainable fashion with eco-friendly material,” said Hoang Quy Binh, a member of Re.socks.

“We needed material that can degrade or be recycled after use, and plastic waste discarding criteria.”

The type of plastic used for the production of these socks is PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) as it can be made into small and soft strings.

Socks made from recycled plastic bottles are presented at the event organized by Re.socks in Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City, March 27, 2021. Photo: Huu Huong / Tuoi Tre

Socks made from recycled plastic bottles are presented at an event organized by Re.socks in Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City, March 27, 2021. Photo: Huu Huong / Tuoi Tre

The PET plastic was first collected from used plastic bottles, before being brought to a factory to be filtered and transformed into plastic beads.

The beads were then turned into plastic strings that were weaved into socks or cloth.

Aside from socks, Re.socks is planning to create other garment products from degradable material such as bamboo and coffee, Binh stated.

“Via this project, we hope people will understand the importance of recycling to prevent wastefulness and protect the environment,” he added.

Hoang Quy Binh introduces the socks made from recycled plastic bottles. Photo: Huu Huong / Tuoi Tre

Hoang Quy Binh introduces the socks made from recycled plastic bottles. Photo: Huu Huong / Tuoi Tre

Volunteers put the eco-friendly socks into paper bags. Photo: Huu Huong / Tuoi Tre

Volunteers put the eco-friendly socks into paper bags. Photo: Huu Huong / Tuoi Tre

With six platics bottles, attends receive a pair of eco-friendly socks. Photo: Huu Huong / Tuoi Tre

With six platic bottles, attendees receive a pair of eco-friendly socks. Photo: Huu Huong / Tuoi Tre

Two university students participate in the event. Photo: Huu Huong / Tuoi Tre

Two university students participate in the event. Photo: Huu Huong / Tuoi Tre

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