How PET Plastic bottles are recycled into fabric:
The empty PET bottles are discarded by consumers, creating PET waste. Unfortunately this waste often ends up in our waterways or landfills, where it takes hundreds of years to decompose and negatively impacts our eco systems and environment.
2. Plastic Bottle Bales
Waste collectors (also known as ‘Ragpickers’) collect these plastic bottles and sell them to waste traders (‘Kabadiwallahs’). PET bottles are carefully sorted from other plastic waste and then further sold to traders and recycling centres (also known as materials recovery facilities) that specialize in PET waste. Labels, caps and rings are then removed from the plastic bottles and bailing machines compress and crush the PET bottles into bales. The bales are then sold to recycling companies.
3. Washed PET Flakes
At the recycling companies, a specialized treatment process is followed which involves washing and drying the plastic bottles. Contaminants are removed through heat treatment and through plastic granulation the bales are then shredded to create washed PET flakes. These PET flakes become a raw material that is then used for a range of products that would typically be made of polyester.
4. Yarn creation
Spinning units use these washed flakes to create yarn that is composed of long and regular recycled PET fibres. This yarn is then woven into rugs and beautiful textile products by skilled artisans.
Plastic microfibres are everywhere: On land, in the water, in the air and in our food.
It is estimated that over 60% of clothing and textile products contain synthetic fibres which break down and release micro plastics when washed. Many textile companies throughout the world are starting to commit to using a percentage of recycled PET in their garments due to the environmental benefits and reduced shedding.
Unfortunately recycled PET products also still lead to fibre loss. However; as the yarn is composed of long fibres, they shed less and overall result in less microplastic being generated.
All of our Eco Inner Living products are durable, UV and stain resistant. This means it is often sufficient to spot clean them and they can be washed less frequently compared to other products. When it comes to washing our products: Handwash them or choose a cold handwash program on the washing machine. Here are other general tips to reduce microfiber shedding: 1. Wash with cold water & shorter cycles 2. Use a liquid soap as it is less abrasive 3. Use a Cora Ball or a microfiber laundry bag when washing.
Choose recycled PET products: They limit carbon gas emissions & spare fossil fuels during the production process, and; have given new life to plastic waste by turning it into sustainable products.