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Ocean plastics go high-fashion with Stella McCartney

Ocean sustainability was the theme last week, with the Ocean Conference at the U.N. in New York.

Fashion designer Stella McCartney wants to help clear the tons of plastic dumped in the oceans each year. McCartney is partnering with Parley for the Oceans to use their “Ocean Fabric” — a yarn made of salvaged fishing nets and plastic bottles — in her clothing line.

Parley pulls 80 to 120 tons of plastic per month out of the ocean through a partnership with the Maldives government. It is negotiating an expansion of its program to 38 other island nations.

McCartney has been designing high-end vegan clothing and accessories since 2001. Her shoes and handbags can cost more than $1,000.

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