Recycled Bottles Find New Life on Women’s Feet
A company in San Francisco, California, has found a way to turn used plastic bottles into women's shoes.
Every day, millions of Americans drink water and other liquids from plastic bottles.
More than 60 million of them are thrown away each day. Many of the plastic bottles end up in landfills or are burned with other waste products.
A San Francisco start-up company called Rothy's, however, turns this plastic waste into environmentally friendly shoes.
Roth Martin is the company's co-founder. He explains how they turn plastic into soft material for your feet.
They take the plastic, clean it, and break it down into small pieces. Then they press it through a device that makes soft fibers.
Those fibers are then combined, or knit together. This is done by a three-dimensional knitting machine. It is designed to reduce waste while making the shoes.
The knitted fabric and the inner part of the shoe are then attached to the shoe's outer part, called the sole. This outer sole is also made from environmentally friendly material: responsibly sourced no-carbon rubber.
Rothy's shoes are sold online. They are flat shoes, with either a rounded or pointed toe. They come in different colors and designs. They cost either $125 or $145 per pair, depending on the design.
After American actress Gwyneth Paltrow discovered them last year, the demand for the shoes grew.
Martin says there is no shortage of material to fill that demand.
"We're not going to run out of water bottles any time soon. So we have an infinite supply of material, and I think that bodes well for our future."
When the environmentally friendly shoes wear out, customers can return them at no cost to a company that uses the recycled materials to make other products.
For now, the shoes are only available to be shipped in the United States. However, the company says it will add international shipping in the near future.
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2.wear out 磨损；耗尽
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3.no shortage of 不缺少
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4.break down 分解；制服
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1.The knitted fabric and the inner part of the shoe are then attached to the shoe's outer part, called the sole.
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She is very attached to her family and friends.
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2.However, the company says it will add international shipping in the near future.
in the near future 不久的将来
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每天被丢弃的塑料瓶超过6000万 。大部分塑料瓶最后被运到垃圾填埋场或塑料品焚烧场 。
罗斯·马丁（Roth Martin）是公司的创始人之一 。他解释了将塑料瓶转化为制鞋所需的柔软材料的过程 。
他们先将塑料瓶进行清洗，然后切割成碎片 。接着利用装置将塑料挤压成柔软的纤维 。
然后对这些纤维进行编织 。该步骤是通过3D编织机完成的 。旨在减少鞋子制作过程中所产生的废料 。
之后将编织好的纤维、鞋的内衬与鞋的外部（鞋底）拼接 。鞋底同样由环保材料制成：原料为无碳橡胶 。
罗斯女鞋目前在网上出售 。所有的圆头鞋和尖头鞋均为平底 。颜色和款式各不相同 。根据设计款式，每双鞋子的价格可分为125美元和145美元 。
去年，该款鞋子受到美国女星格温妮丝.帕特洛（Gwyneth Paltrow）的青睐后，市场需求量大增 。
“我们在短期内不会缺少塑料瓶 。所以我们的原料供应充足，我想这预示着前景大好 。”
目前，该款鞋子的配送服务仅限于美国 。不过该公司表示，不久的将来他们将在全球进行配送 。