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11 August 2017

Pälemer - The Kickstarter Company Creating Clothing from Recycled Plastic Bags


With an estimated 700 billion plastic shopping bags being produced each year, the vast majority of which end up in landfills where they will slowly degrade over a period of approximately 1000 years, the need to reduce this constant influx of highly-damaging waste is rather obvious to most; what most are not doing however is making a conscious effort to counteract this.

This is the task which interdisciplinary sculpture graduate Trisha Cheeney has taken upon herself with her latest Kickstarter campaign. Cheeney is seeking funding for a business endeavour which she has dubbed Pälemer, a zero-waste clothing company dedicated to “eliminating consumer waste by embracing the unintended resiliency of pre-existing, environmentally-incompatible materials”, as stated on the Kickstarter page. This in simple terms equates to repurposing the vast quantities of plastic waste we thoughtlessly discard to create clothing and apparel ranging from insulated jackets and windbreakers to handy books bags with a distinct aesthetic.

The somewhat limited range initially on offer includes:

Pälemer Insulated Winter Jacket
- Constructed of approximately 214 used plastic, shopping bags
- Lined with fleece made from recycled materials

Pälemer Windbreaker Jacket
- Constructed of approximately 90 used plastic, shopping bags
- Lined with mesh made from recycled materials

Pälemer Book Bag
- Made from retail shopping bags for additional durability
- Each bag is hand constructed of approximately 80 bags

The Kickstarter campaign is seeking $2,650 in funding, of which it has currently received just $150 from 3 backers with 10 days remaining (at the time of writing). If successful, Cheeney hopes to use the funds raised via the campaign to purchase equipment to enable them to produce the initial line for sale, and invest in research and development in preparation for a second line of products.

Cheeney’s ambitions don’t stop at eliminating plastic waste however, as evidenced by her response to the query, “What happens when the day comes that plastic bags are banned altogether?” Simple and succinct, she states that the company will celebrate such an occurrence before redirecting their efforts toward the next most prevalent, environmentally incompatible material.

If you will to contribute to the Pälemer Kickstarter campaign, you can do so by following this link.


Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for the written word. Currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor, his time at many UK festivals has taught him the importance of keeping warm.