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Fashion and function: Designers in Flint are using water bottles to make clothes

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Millions of bottles of water have been used by Flint, Michigan residents as the water crisis continues.

But New York artist Mel Chin isn't letting those empty plastic bottles go to waste.

For the next few weeks, a trailer will be filled with the empty bottles and shipped to a recycling facility in North Carolina. The plastic will be turned into a fabric which can then be made into sportswear, swimsuits, and jackets.

Residents in Flint will also play a big part in creating the clothing. The product line will be called 'Flint Fit.' The looks will be designed by fashion designer Tracy Reese.

Once the designs are completed, the fabric will be sent to Flint and it will be assembled at St. Luke’s N.E.W. Life Center by women who are learning skills in the centers sewing program.

“It’s about something empty like water bottles fulfilling the potential of jobs and manufacturing which have been lost. This project would only work with the people in this city. All of the designs will be related to water like water proof clothes. Then having the people finish all of the designs in Flint is what makes this a very amazing opportunity,” said David Chin, an artist and one of the organizers of the project.

The designs will be displayed during on the runway in a fashion show at the Queens Museum in Queens, New York. The show is expected to happen in April of 2018. A show in Flint will be scheduled also.

Our affiliate WSMH contributed to this report.

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