“Trashpackers”: battling plastic pollution

Tijmen Sissing from Trashpackers wearing sustainable sneakers made of apples and recycled materials.

Tijmen Sissing, a Dutchman from Trashpackers, loves to inspire people by passing on the message: “there’s no such thing as waste”. He united a community of backpackers & locals from all over the world. Together they try to collect 100.000 bin bags every year. We were utterly pleased to hear that Tijmen is fond of our sustainable sneakers, made out of apple leather and recycled materials. But Tijmen is not just any sneakerhead…

Recycled Fashion all the way

In the picture above Tijmen (on the left) is wearing a tailored suit made from old jeans by Dutch Spirit. His Healthy Seas socks are made from recycled fishnets. The recycled fashion-goodness doesn’t end there… He’s also wearing a T-shirt and boxers made from bamboo. Last but not least, to make his outfit complete, he’s wearing our Komrads APL sneakers.

Tijmen (aka the OG Trashpacker) dreams of making his own backpacks out of apple leather. He even has a name in mind: instead of a backpack he would call it “a Trashpack” (since that word is pretty much his trademark).

What’s a Trashpacker?

Along with thousands of other people, Tijmen is a trashpacker. A backpacker with a noble mission: being more environmentally conscious, cleaning up trash during trips and reducing personal use of plastic.

Plastic isn’t fantastic, Trashpackers is!

The Trashpackers community cleans up beaches, forests, streets… you name it! The majority of waste collected during their cleanups is plastic (such as bottles and bags). Not only does Tijmen roll up his own sleeves to collect waste, he also educates thousands of children across the world about plastic pollution. Isn’t that wonderful? If you want to join Tijmen’s community, you can create a profile and host your own clean-up, via https://trashpackers.org/login/ . It’s as simple as that!

Reusing plastic in smart ways

Trashpackers has got ambassadors all over the world. Just like us at Komrads, they’re saddened by all the waste that ends up in landfills and the ocean. However, that problem doesn’t dishearten them. Instead it motivates them to join all forces and tackle the plastic pollution.

But what happens with all that collected plastic waste? It’s all about reusing it in smart ways. Which is something we do at Komrads: we recycle water bottles into shoelaces to prevent the plastic ending up in landfills/ our ocean. 

Do you want to own our vegan & sustainable sneakers, just like Tijmen? Find them in our shop.

We hope this makes you want to become a Trashpacker or that it makes you collect some trash on your next trip! Want to find out more about Trashpackers or about ways to support them? Check them out: https://www.facebook.com/trashpackersorg/