Okay, we’ll level with you. Calling British artist Walter Raes’ tampon top “eco-friendly” would require a huge leap of the imagination. But hey, it’s the weekend, we love how designers show us you can make something out of anything (lateral thinking, FTW), and there just aren’t nearly enough period-related jokes in the world.
Like the best ideas in life, Raes’s feminine-hygiene halter came about because of a bet. In this case, his friends decided to challenge his claims that anything can be fashioned into something you can wear. The tampons, thankfully, aren’t used. (We’re pro-upcycling but even we have our limits.) Still, we have to admire Raes’ willingness to push the envelope of what common objects, even garbage, can be used for.
Raes’ friends challenged his claims that anything can be fashioned into something you can wear.
“By grouping single tampons together, I created a complex but versatile top,” Raes tells Ecouterre. “The object you shy away from actually becomes beautiful.” And even though the tampon top isn’t made of recycled materials to begin with, it certainly is reusable—as long as you’ve stored it in a sanitary place, that is.