Recycled polyester in clothing

Recycled polyester (RPET) is now widespread in various industries such as fashion, textile, apparel, furniture, and mattress. In addition, many big brands use recycled polyester as raw materials to produce and promote their products with tags of Global Recycling Standards (GRS), which prove the authenticity of recycled products and add value to their brands. Here are samples of recycled polyester products and how the big brands deal with them.

Clothing made from plastic

Recycled bottles
Recycled bottles
Cleaned
Cleaned
Bottles shredded
into flake
Bottles shredded into flake
Flake melted
into pellets
Flake melted into pellets
Heated/melted
Heated melted
Pellets extruded
into yarn
Pellets extruded into yarn
Thread is knit into
rolls of fabric
Thread is knit into rolls of fabric
Endproduct
Endproduct

With mechanical recycling, collected plastic bottles are shredded into flakes, melted down, and forced through spinnerets to make yarn. On the other hand, chemical recycling converts PET wastes back to their original monomers through a chemical process, then finally forced through spinnerets to make yarn.

Uniqlo

Uniqlo uses recycled polyester as their raw materials to produce their clothes in various lines such as Fluffy yarn fleece full-zip jackets, Dry-ex polo shirts, Dry-ex crew neck T-shirts, and Pocketable UV protection parka.

They are using 30-80% recycled polyester for each product, which means they can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 63% compared to virgin polyester. Furthermore, they have the "Down Recycling" project, which collects old clothes and recycles them into polyester staple fiber (PSF) to be used as raw materials again.

www.uniqlo.com/jp/en/contents/ sustainability/planet/sustainable _clothing/special/recyclepolyester/

Uniqlo

Uniqlo

www.uniqlo.com/jp/en/contents/sustainability/planet/sustainable_clothing/special/recyclepolyester/

Adidas

Adidas

https://www.adidas-group.com/en/ media/news-archive/press-releases/ 2020/adidas-uses-more-than-50- percent-recycled-polyester-in-itsproducts- in-2020-for-the-first-time/

Adidas has become more sustainable by using 50% of recycled polyester in its products in 2020. This can count as 15-20 million pairs of shoes. Moreover, they committed to use only recycled polyester in their products in 2024.

Adidas Ultraboost "Made To Be Remade" is the first generation running shoe made from 100% recycled materials. Its making process can reduce 2.16 kg carbon dioxide emission per pair. In addition, its packaging with a new design can reduce 0.32 kg per box.

The company is willing to continue to promote the use of recycled materials in the next coming years. As the factory in Germany, they already use almost all its electricity from renewable sources.

https://www.adidas-group.com/en/ media/news-archive/press-releases/ 2020/adidas-uses-more-than-50- percent-recycled-polyester-in-itsproducts- in-2020-for-the-first-time/

Patagonia

Patagonia has positioned itself as a staple in outdoor clothing brands. Their primary raw material is polyester since they need more lightweight and quickly dry in their clothes to suit their customers' activities such as trail-running, camping, and yoga.

The company aims to be a renewable and recycled raw materials-used brand by using synthetic and other fibers made from pre-consumer and post-consumer waste.

Patagonia has used recycled polyester since 1993. By half of 2022, 91% of Their fabrics are made from recycled polyester and can reduce 12.3 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.

www.patagonia.com/home/

Patagonia

Patagonia
Batoko
Batoko

Batoko is a local independent swimwear brand in England. The brands' products are made from recycled plastic waste. As an Eco-local business, they intentionally keep the brand simple and focus more on sustainability.

This way of business makes them focus on the longevity and individuality of each product and ensures that their products are not overproduced, which would cause environmental problems in the future.

www.batoko.com/pages/batoko

ADay
ADay

Aday is a sustainable brand with a novel concept. They made comfortable, flexible, and last longer clothes instead of replacing the wardrobes every season to get more profit.

Their clothes are made from 77% of recycled products, and one of its materials is recycled polyester. In addition, each of their clothes can take 58 plastic water bottles from the ocean and landfills.

www.thisisaday.com/pages/about-2

ECOALF

ECOALF is a Spanish sustainable fashion brand. Almost all their materials are recycled polyester from plastic water bottles, collected from landfills and under the ocean by collaboration with more than 3,000 fishermen, leading to more than 550 fishing vessels.

The company has recycled over 1,000 tonnes of plastic water bottles from the ocean since 2015. In addition, they continuously develop new technology that can recycle old garments into yarn again.

https://ecoalf.com/en/pages/materiales

ECOALF

ECOALF

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