Recover: Awesome environmentally friendly apparel
There’s a ton of adventure gear out there. Why not buy clothes you feel good in that are also environmentally friendly? Recover agrees, so they use materials like water bottles and discarded industrial waste to create outdoor apparel that’s has a positive impact on the planet.
The founders, Bill Johnston and John Riddle had the idea for the brand and the mission of creating sustainable reused clothing while on a bike trip in 2009.
Today, Recover uses wood chips and cotton scraps from lumber industry discards, along with post-consumer waste plastic bottles to create their clothing line at manufacturing facilities in the US and Haiti. The Guatemala plant is 100% powered by clean biomass, such as coffee extract, wood and other materials from local industries.
Their manufacturing process results in a 35% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, 66% energy consumption reduction and 55% water consumption reduction.
Each shirt pictured here is made with 8 discarded water bottles. We soaked a Recover shirt and a regular cotton top in water and set them out to dry. The Recover tee dried several hours faster than the cotton, giving us hope that we can take it out paddling or to the climbing gym and know it won’t leave us soaking and chilly after a few hours of sweat.
We loved telling friends that we were wearing plastic bottles and then encouraging them to feel the shirt material while rocking these tees.