Chic Clothing Made from Recycled Cigarette Butts





Chilean designer Alexandra Guerrero has been experimenting with what just may be the last thing anyone would think of as clothing material: cigarette butts. At first thought, that may sound over the top, or like it’s just meant to grab headlines, right? But the most surprising thing about the initiative is that the resulting pieces made from butts blended with wool look promising–cool even.

Chic Clothing Made from Recycled Cigarette Butts


But just how do you transform this gross trash into wearable textiles? See photos of the process and examples of the clothes in the extended.

Turning Dirty Cigarette Butts into Wool


The Mantis project began when designer Alexandra Guerrero was preparing a graduation thesis. Ever aware of the vast amount of cigarette butts everywhere in the city of Santiago de Chile, she started thinking about what could be done with them, and came up with a way to mix the tissue of the filter with natural wool to create a rustic-looking thread that could be knitted into all kinds of garments.
Of course, putting used cigarette butts in contact with your skin could not only be disgusting, but potentially dangerous. So before continuing on with her project, Guerrero asked environmental engineer Carolina Leiva to conduct a study to determine just how pure the material would be after cleaning the butts. The study concluded that the filters could achieve 95% purification, which, according to the designer, means that the clean butts are safe to use.
The purification process begins with the cigarette butts going through autoclaves. They are then washed in a polar solvent, go through autoclave again, rinsed and dried, and, finally, shredded to create a wool-like material. The resulting liquid is also being donated to be tested as a biological insecticide.

Chic Clothing Made from Recycled Cigarette Butts

Chic Clothing Made from Recycled Cigarette Butts

Chic Clothing Made from Recycled Cigarette Butts

Chic Clothing Made from Recycled Cigarette Butts

Clothing and Objects Made from Recycled Cigarette Butts


So far the designer has produced a vest, a poncho, a dress, and a hat, and even has mixed the material from the cigarette filters with soap to make an exfoliating product.
The end-result textile contains 20% recycled-cigarette filter material, and Guerrero has recover 5,000 cigarette butts from the streets so far.

Chic Clothing Made from Recycled Cigarette Butts

Chic Clothing Made from Recycled Cigarette Butts

Chic Clothing Made from Recycled Cigarette Butts


Chic Clothing Made from Recycled Cigarette Butts

Chic Clothing Made from Recycled Cigarette Butts

Chic Clothing Made from Recycled Cigarette Butts

Chic Clothing Made from Recycled Cigarette Butts

Even soap can be made from purifies cigarette butts!

Chic Clothing Made from Recycled Cigarette Butts

This might not be the ultimate solution to the huge problem of cigarette litter (4.3 trillion butts are discarded a year; they never fully degrade and only begin to break after 12 years, according to ButtsOut), but neither is it a bad way to raise awareness about what can be done with otherwise dreadful waste material.

Otros artículosvolver a Portada

One Sad Story

One Sad Story(0)

One Sad Story On this site you`ve encountered mostly fun and weird stuff from around the world, but lets face it, there is a not so funny part of our existance. Nature can be ruthless, as we all know. Loading... Loading... Source: Weird Existence

My Favorite PS3 Games

My Favorite PS3 Games(0)

My Favorite PS3 Games Sony is the greatest – PS3 is the best home entertainment system (in my opinion) and is a little bit better than the wii and/or XBOX 360. These games are the ones you should get if you have, or thinking about getting a PS3. These are PS3 games that I have

Amazing Lookalikes

Amazing Lookalikes(0)

Weird Existence / weird Amazing Lookalikes A look-alike is a person who closely resembles another person. To make this gallery more interesting, i went beyond that “person” boundary . Enjoy! Cool stuff at other blogs Loading... Loading... Source: Weird Existence

Untill the Fail Do Us Part

Untill the Fail Do Us Part(0)

Untill the Fail Do Us Part We all like those beautiful moments during the wedding, but what we are forgetting is that we`ve been under the eye of the camera all the time…Check out this gallery of not so beautiful side of the weddings ! Loading... Loading... Source: Weird Existence

Sexy Teletubbies

Sexy Teletubbies(0)

Sexy Teletubbies Remember the children’s television series Teletubbies? Teletubbies was a BBC children’s television series produced from 1997 to 2001. In this series they were a  babies. But, in these pictures they are adults and they are a bit out of control and began to drink and smoke and they become sexy. The rest of

leer más

Featured Articles

One Sad Story One Sad Story(0)
My Favorite PS3 Games My Favorite PS3 Games(0)
Amazing Lookalikes Amazing Lookalikes(0)
Untill the Fail Do Us Part Untill the Fail Do Us Part(0)
read more

Energy-Dimension.com

In Energy-Dimension you can find good solar, wind and effieciency energy news. Also you can find some fun and weird stuff, don\'t miss anything.

Redes sociales

Categorías más populares

YouSayToo Revenue Sharing Community
© 2005 - 2014 - Data.es - Todos sobre tecnología