Hometown Girls Are Helping Take Plastic Bottles and Turning Them into Clothing

Apparel from recycled materials featured at Madeline + Oliver sidewalk show.

September 2-4, 2016, Ketchum, ID — Former Valley residents Makayla Cappel and Racheal McGinnis (both WRHS ’09) are premiering a retail line of sustainable lifestyle clothing in a sidewalk trunk show at Madeline + Oliver on Sun Valley Road in Ketchum over Labor Day weekend.

DSC_0014Racheal McGinnis and Makayla Cappel, wearing Kastlfel apparel

Kastlfel (www.kastlfel.com), which both Cappel and McGinnis helped formed in October 2015 with two other gentlemen, manufactures clothing made entirely from recycled materials, including x-ray film, food trays, plastic bottles, and post-consumer cotton and rayon.

The company’s trademarked spinning process is Trash. Shred. Spin. Wear.™

shred3Trash                     Shred                    Spin                    Wear

The company’s combination of environmental mission and creative design fits with the U.S. National Parks mission and environmental initiatives as they celebrate their 100th Anniversary. Kastlfel obtained their first National Park contract with Acadia National Park in Maine at the beginning of this year. The tremendous success sparked interest from other parks, after Acadia sold out of product in just 2 weeks. Kastlfel now has contracts in the works with Muir Woods and 4 other national parks around the country.

Madeline + Oliver owner, Dina Madsen, who focuses on unique and conscious products, is excited to carry a line from two hometown girls. “I’ve known Makayla and Racheal as high-performance athletes growing up here, and they’ve brought that drive into creating top-of-the-line clothing that you can be proud to wear.”

Kastlfel’s clothing is spun into fiber in a solar-powered factory that color segregates the plastic, creating ultra-soft, non-shrinking cloth without the use of harmful and toxic dyes. Think green bottle, green shirt. The cloth is also Global Recycle Standard (GRS) certified for environmental and recycled material integrity, and Kastlfel’s knitting and finishing facility is WRAP certified for ethical labor practices.

“Everyone should be asking the question, “Where do my clothes come from? We are helping build a clothing company that is focused on consciousness and transparency as much as fashion,” says McGinnis. She holds a BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) with a concentration in oil painting and a Minor in Spanish from the University of Denver. She was also a member of DU’s Swimming & Diving Team. McGinnis is a graduate of SV5B Swimming.

Cappel says, “We are ecopreneurs – environmental and social responsibility are as integral to our process as creativity and profit-making. And we are grateful this is resonating with consumers as well as retailers from Madeline + Oliver to U.S. National Park Service.”

Kastlfel Impact

Cappel holds a BSBA in Marketing and a BA in Emergent Digital Practices from the University of Denver. As a member of the DU Ski Team, Cappel earned NCAA championships rings, and 3 All-American titles. She is a graduate of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Nordic program.

In addition to their Labor Day Trunk Show, Kastlfel is offering a special discount this weekend to any 5B team or organization that is looking for t-shirts or sweatshirts for their upcoming season or events.

The Kastlfel Trunk Show will run Friday, 11-8, Saturday 11-6, and Sunday 12-3. McGinnis and Cappel will be in attendance. “Come by and get your hands on a special edition 208 Locals Tee and other Kastlfel gear!”

Idaho Trunkshow

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