Foldable washable Carpet - 100% recycled | Leo Rugs
Foldable washable carpet with 100% recycled materiales using 70% natural cotton fibers 30% recycled polyester yarn.
The sustainability of polyester is something that concerns many environmental organizations. They worry that there is no way to safely and effectively process the active ingredient, polyethylene terephthalate (PET), and accumulate in the environment. Fortunately, thanks to recycled polyester, the process of creating garments from this material is becoming more eco-friendly.
Many major brands already use recycled polyester in some of their lines. And others plan to increase their use of the material in the future, preventing PET from simply going to landfill. There are numerous environmental benefits of using recycled polyester. For instance, research suggests that recycled polyester requires around 59 per cent less energy to produce than the virgin variety. It may cut CO2 emissions by up to 32 per cent, helping to protect against climate change. Over the course of its lifetime, recycled PET tends to perform much better than its disposable counterpart.
What’s more, using recycled PET also helps to reduce the impact of crude oil extraction from the natural environment. Taking natural gas and oil out of the ground is environmentally damaging and often leads to habitat destruction. Using the PET that is already in commercial products, there’s no need to continue to rely on oil.
Manufacturers use polyester in clothing because it strikes the perfect balance between affordability, strength and durability. Mixing it with other materials allows brands to create clothes that last for years, not months, and makes them more resistant to mould, sweat and abrasion damage. Polyester, therefore, is a miracle material (like so many other plastics).
Unfortunately, virgin polyester comes from crude oil and, if thrown into landfills, adds to the world’s plastic waste problems. Recycled polyester is a potential solution because it uses PET waste to create new items with the same properties as virgin polyester.
Recycled polyester is chemically very similar to regular polyester derived from crude oil. The crucial difference is that recycled polyester comes from material already out there in the environment, not virgin plastic. For that reason, many people – including some high-profile green organisations – see it as more sustainable.
Manufacturers make recycled polyester by collecting existing material and then breaking it down into small, flat pellets. Applying heat and mechanical action allows brands to then weave discarded plastics into yarn which they can then sift through machines to make clothing.
What’s amazing about recycled polyester is that it doesn’t have to come from existing polyester at all. In fact, it can come from any PET-containing plastics. Many manufacturers, for instance, begin their production processes with truckloads of plastic bottles from local waste collection. They then feed these into their machinery to break them down into constituent parts to turn into wearable threads. Brands turn old bottles, food packets, and wrapping materials into a confetti-like material during the plastic shredding process, transforming regular single-use plastic waste into items of clothing that could last for many years.
The process is highly efficient too.
Estimates suggest that polyester accounts for around 60 per cent of the world’s total PET production – more than double the amount used in global plastic bottle production. So developing non-virgin supply chains is actually an excellent way to reduce overall virgin plastic consumption.
It is conceivable that there could be a sustainable plastic cycle where single-use waste becomes recycled PET which then becomes clothing which is then transformed back into single-use, and so on. This process could continue indefinitely, so long as the processing technology can maintain the chemical structure of the polyethylene terephthalate itself.
It sStops plastics from reaching landfill and the ocean.
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