Rothy's New Collection Turns Water Bottles Into Fashion

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This week, beloved accessories brand Rothy's, long known for its sustainable, low-waste production methods that focus on circularity, released their newest collection in collaboration with Evian that, in their words, gives plastic water bottles "a second life." 

Following last year's U.S Open festivities, Rothy's and Evian set out to collect the 72,000 water bottles consumed at Arthur Ashe Stadium, where the annual tennis event takes place in Queens, New York. "Inspired by the staggering amount of waste our founders saw in other footwear manufacturing, Rothy's was founded with the goal of creating something better," says Saskia van Gendt, Rothy's Head of Sustainability. "We are excited to collaborate with Evian to showcase Rothy's transformative capabilities and prove that we can find new uses for single-use plastic through innovation," she says.

Using their in-house technology Rothy's spun the 70,000 plus plastic Evian water bottles into a soft, malleable thread that was then knit into Rothy's signature shoes and accessories. The collection is a reminder that something useful can come from waste.

This tennis-inspired drop features seven items including sneakers, a cap, a visor, and three bags. The products are incomparably chic, featuring a primarily white color palette while incorporating Evian's minimalist blue, pink, and red.

The collection is available now on Rothy's website, but act quickly! Their durable, machine-washable items tend to sell out, and you'll definitely want these items in your wardrobe in time for the impending 2022 U.S. Open.

Gabrielle Ulubay
Beauty Writer

Gabrielle Ulubay is a Beauty Writer at Marie Claire. She has also written about sexual wellness, politics, culture, and fashion at Marie Claire and at publications including The New York Times, HuffPost Personal, Bustle, Alma, Muskrat Magazine, O'Bheal, and elsewhere. Her personal essay in The New York Times' Modern Love column kickstarted her professional writing career in 2018, and that piece has since been printed in the 2019 revised edition of the Modern Love book. Having studied history, international relations, and film, she has made films on politics and gender equity in addition to writing about cinema for Film Ireland, University College Cork, and on her personal blog, Before working with Marie Claire, Gabrielle worked in local government, higher education, and sales, and has resided in four countries and counting. She has worked extensively in the e-commerce and sales spaces since 2020, and spent two years at Drizly, where she developed an expertise in finding the best, highest quality goods and experiences money can buy.

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