A Student's "Fresh" Take on Trash
A University of Michigan student takes initiative to clean up the nearly 22 million pounds of plastic in the Great Lakes by establishing sustainable brand, Oshki. Oshki (meaning "fresh" in Native American Ojibwe) repurposes plastic waste found in the Great Lakes to make recycled polyester for t-shirts. It takes about six bottles worth of plastic trash to make one t-shirt. Oshki's entire supply chain is located within the United States, with its recycled polyester produced in North Carolina, its cotton sourced from South Carolina, and a design team located in Michigan. Five percent of all company proceeds are donated to non-profits dedicated to preserving the Great Lakes.
To learn more, read the Michigan Radio article here.
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