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RECYCLED POLYESTER: FROM LANDFILLS TO RUNWAY

 

Ever wondered what would be the weight if the entire population were to step on a gigantic scale all at once?

 

Well, heed no more since the heavily burdened scale would read over 300 million Tons, which is almost equivalent to the number of plastic bottles that are produced each year. In fact, by the time, you finish reading the article, over a million bottles will have been purchased and several would have ended up in the ocean or the landfill. 

 

PET Bottles are not only causing land and water pollution, or the extinction of marine species, but they are also depleting our natural resources. 99% of such plastics (PET) are made from fossil fuels and abundant resources are consumed during its production process, transportation, and distribution.

We put so much effort into making and distributing plastics, but the sad part is that nearly half of the plastics we make can only be used once.

 

But why are we talking about plastics?

 

It all began in the 1930s, when the Plastic Polyester first discovered in a DuPont lab, was introduced to the world. The making of the iconic fiber involved melting plastic at high temperatures and stretching the substance into long strands of fibers. The fabric produced in the end showed strength, great resistance to shrinking and stretching, easy to clean, resistant to wrinkles, in short, a perfect combination for clothing.

So here is the problem, every time we make this beautiful polyester garment, we are adding up to the pre-existing plastic dump. This way we aren’t solving the problem instead we our increasing the problem exponentially.

 

So, the Question is…. What do we do?

Here is where Recycled Polyester comes into place.

 

Recycled polyester is manufactured by recycling PET bottles and performs equally well as 100% virgin polyester. The bottles are cleaned chopped to flakes, melted, and spun to yarn and then woven into fabrics. Recycling PET bottles to create the fabric prevents it from going to landfill and it causes less air, water and soil contamination compared to using nonrecycled polyester. Free availability of raw materials makes it pocket friendly.

 

With latest technologies available today, fabric is of much better quality than traditional polyester. It also contributes to the environmental cause by reducing the amount of plastic waste in the marine ecosystem and landfills.

 

AT SPLASH, WE NEVER STOP LOOKING AT INNOVATIVE IDEAS AND TECHNOLOGIES TO REDUCE OUR ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT.

 

We believe we can always improve on what we are currently doing. The sustainability drive has made us focus on use of ecofriendly materials in our products, and recycled polyester is one of them.