OKEWA: Rainwear meets recycled plastic bottles

Nearly one-third of the plastic packaging we use escapes collection systems, which means that it ends up clogging our city streets and polluting our natural environment. Every year, up to 13 million tons of plastic leak into our oceans, where it smothers coral reefs and threatens vulnerable marine wildlife. The plastic that ends up in the oceans can circle the Earth four times in a single year, and it can persist for up to 1,000 years before it fully disintegrates.

To help reduce this plastic pollution, a New Zealand based company named OKEWA has designed raincoat from waste plastic bottles.

The Wellington-based Okewa team was started by founder and creative director Nevada Leckie. Nevada sums up Okewa’s philosophy as “elevating the raincoat to be the favorite thing in your wardrobe.”

rainwear from plastic bottle
Image: Okewa

Luxurious waterproof rainwear made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. Since launching the brand a few years ago the company has developed a specialty in completely waterproof raincoats. All of the coats are waterproof rated to 10,000mm, breathable to 10,000g/m2/24hr and seam-sealed. As always, they’re all horizontal-rain tested right here in Wellington!

The waterproof fabrics are fabrics are supplied by Taiwanese and Japanese partners. Designers use two-layer cloth with a technical membrane backing and a face fabric that is 100% recycled.

rainwear from plastic bottle

The fabric is prepared in a Bluesign®-approved mill. Bluesign® is a Switzerland-based environmental accreditation programme that works to maintain high environmental performance standards across textile supply chains.


  • 100 % Recycled fabric
  • Waterproof
  • 2-layer technical fabric
  • Breathable (10,000g/m2/24hr rating)
  • Windproof
  • Durable
  • Luxurious soft hand feel
  • All coats hooded
  • Lined
  • Interna; pocket
  • Plant-based packaging

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