These Jeans Are Made of Recycled Plastic Bottles

We live in an extremely fast-paced society and have developed short attention spans that are constantly bombarded by incessant tweets, posts, and vines. For every inspiring message, there are hundreds of complaints to distract us. It's overwhelming and easy to forget that we can always make a difference. It's for these reasons that Random Acts of Kindness week (Feb10-16) is truly brilliant. Remember to do GOOD for one week. But what happens when the week ends? Do we continue performing random acts of kindness or do we revert back to our normal habits?

What's great is that there are platforms like GOOD to remind us of the difference that we can make. As an aspiring journalist, I use GOOD to support great causes, meet amazing people, and discover unique brands. Now that Random Acts of Kindness is over, I thought it would be interesting to write about a fashion brand that promotes leadership every time its products are worn: Imperium Denim.

For starters, Imperium Denim uses denim that is made from cotton and recycled plastic bottles. Essentially, every pair utilizes eight plastic bottles. Their products are ethically made in Canada as opposed to going overseas and exploiting sweatshops. But the most interesting aspect of the brand is the message that it conveys. Through our actions, we have the power to improve the world and influence others to do the same. This is exactly what every member of the GOOD community believes.

So how do these jeans make us leaders? Well, they don’t, but they encourage us to lead through powerful reminders. I've noticed that many GOOD users display Gandhi's quote: "You must be the change you wish to see in the world". Well coincidentally, that quote is printed on the inside of the left pocket. On the back pockets, there's a nicely stitched design of a barb wire; the designers are telling us to keep our boundaries behind the literal sense! What I find really creative are the names used to describe the fits (Mahty, Nelly, Marty). Jeans inspired after Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, and Martin Luther King, some of the greatest leaders of all time. Finally, the attention to detail is impeccable. Even the rivets tell you to identify yourself as a leader. If all this isn't enough, there's the colorful coin pocket. Imperium Denim's pocket square trademark. This cool new look adds a classy touch to an already elegant brand. Be a leader and flash your coin pocket with pride.

To see a brand like Imperium Denim go out of their way to make a difference truly amazes me. It's a beautiful aspect that many companies neglect. Finally, a brand with a meaningful story. With these jeans, what you wear is a reflection of who you are. We are GOOD people, we are leaders, and we are individuals that need to perform random acts of kindness for more than just one week.

I encourage you to support Imperium Denim's Kickstarter campaign by clicking on the link below. Give them a chance to spread their GOOD story. You’ll be touched by their inspirational video.

As Imperium Denim says, remember it's not just about the jeans, it's about what you do in them.


This article was produced in partnership with the United Nations to launch the biggest-ever global conversation on the role of cooperation in building the future we want.

When half of the world's population doesn't share the same opportunity or rights as the other half, the whole world suffers. Like a bird whose wings require equal strength to fly, humanity will never soar to its full potential until we achieve gender equality.

That's why the United Nations made one of its Sustainable Development Goals to "Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls." That goal includes providing women and girls equal access to education and health care, as well as addressing gender-based discrimination and violence against women and girls.

While there is still much work to be done, history shows us that we are capable of making big leaps forward on this issue. Check out some of the milestones humanity has already reached on the path to true equality.

Historic Leaps Toward Gender Equality

1848 The Seneca Falls Convention in New York, organized by Elizabeth Lady Stanton and Lucretia Mott, is the first U.S. women's convention to discuss the oppression of women in sociopolitical, economic, and religious life.

1893 New Zealand becomes the first self-governing nation to grant national voting rights to women.

1903 Marie Curie becomes the first woman to win a Nobel Prize. She is also the only woman to win multiple Nobel Prizes, for Physics in 1903 and Chemistry in 1911.

1920 The 19th Amendment is passed in the U.S. giving women the right to vote in all 50 U.S. states.

1973 The U.S. Open becomes the first major sports tournament of its kind to offer equal pay to women, after tennis star Billie Jean King threatened to boycott.

1975 The first World Conference on Women is held in Mexico, where a 10-year World Plan of Action for the Advancement of Women is formed. The first International Women's Day is commemorated by the UN in the same year.

1979 The UN General Assembly adopts the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), also known as the "Women's Bill of Rights." It is the most comprehensive international document protecting the rights of women, and the second most ratified UN human rights treaty after the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

1980 Vigdis Finnbogadottir of Iceland becomes the first woman to be elected head of state in a national election.

1993 The UN General Assembly adopts the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women, the first international instrument to explicitly define forms of violence against women and lay out a framework for global action.

2010 The UN General Assembly creates the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) to speed progress on meeting the needs of women and girls around the world.

2018 The UN and European Union join forces on the Spotlight Initiative, a global, multi-year initiative focused on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls.

As the UN celebrates its 75th anniversary, it is redoubling its commitment to reach all 17 Sustainable Development Goals, including gender equality. But it will take action and effort from everyone to ensure that women and girls are free from discrimination and violence. Learn more about what is being done to address gender equality and see how you can get involved here.

And join the global conversation about the role of international cooperation in building the future by taking the UN75 survey here.

Let's make sure we all have a say in the future we want to see.

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Footage from September 2018 shows an officer pushing Perez to the ground. After Perez got to his feet, multiple officers kicked and punched him in an attempt to get him back on the ground.

Perez claims he was responding to insults hurled at him by the officers. The police say that Perez was picking a fight. The altercation left Perez with a broken nose, scrapes, swelling, and bruises from his hips to his shoulder.

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