In an extraordinary display of fashion, people in Taiwan have been participating in a most unusual clothing trend, where polyethylene plastic bags are not just a requirement, but the only requirement.
Bringing new meaning to the common idiom that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, the new trend involves people stripping down to their underwear, or less, then wearing used, transparent polyethylene plastic bags as if they were swimsuits or actual clothing. And no, we’re not making this up.
After clothing themselves in nothing but plastic, trendsetters then post selfies of themselves on social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram as a way of showing off their new look to the world.
The Origins of the Plastic Bag Trend Are Unknown
Many have hypothesized that this new trashy trend is nothing more than a copy-cat attempt at popularizing St. George New Generation, a high end Australian clothing line that recently paraded their models down the runway wearing what appeared to be plastic bags blown across their face.
Others speculate that this is an attempt by environmentalists to further propagate their agenda of environmental concern, targeting plastic manufacturers and plastic waste in particular.
Regardless of the reasoning for why a person, in their right mind, would want to wear polyethylene plastic bags as clothing, the trend continues to gain notoriety across Asia, leading some in the plastic manufacturing industry to consider new ways of recycling….as a last resort.