RPET stands for Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate, also known as Recycled PET.
RPET is also called Recycled Polyester and it’s made from recycled plastic (PET) bottles.
Recycled fabrics are a safe alternative to regular polyester and polyester blends!
Waste2Wear garments are produced with the highest degree of care for health and safety. Our products are tested and certified by worldwide industry leaders in quality testing including:
We believe that waste is only waste when we don’t do anything with it.
Every day millions of plastic bottles are being thrown away, meanwhile those bottles can actually be a viable, eco-friendly and sustainable resource! We are exhausting and polluting our planet, and that is exactly why we need to be more responsible and take care of our home. We need to rethink how we use our valuable resources.
Water bottles are collected and brought to a recycling facility.
At the recycling facility the conversion process of turning waste into wearable fabric begins:
In Waste2Wear® we not only create products made from 100% recycled polyester, but we also use it in combination with other equally sensible materials (such as eco-friendly cotton, organic cotton, wool or viscose) in order to create a wide range of sustainable fabric options.
All of our products are eco-friendly!
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Almost every product has a manufacturing process that consumes energy and water, and produces carbon dioxide emissions and as such has an environmental impact.
Using RPET instead of regular polyester we save:
In order to reduce the waste, we all have to make responsible decisions about which materials to use. For example, if we use five pounds of RPET yarn to make Waste2Wear® fabric we can:
We should reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible!
A wide range of different textile products can be made from recycled fabrics:
We are constantly working on new developments. If you have question about possibilities please do get in contact: https://www.waste2wear.com/contact
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Polyester garments can be recycled indefinitely through a chemical process that breaks down polyester to its basic components (PTA + EG). These components can later on be re-polymerized to create RPET again. This process can be repeated indefinitely as the chemically recycled polymer has the same attributes as virgin materials. This is different with the traditional mechanical recycling (melt and extrude) that only can go through certain amount of cycles due to material degradation. However, at this moment, the companies with the technology to do so are in a stage in which the level of efficiency and scale makes the process still quite expensive.
There are at the same time several very promising initiatives in Asia and in Europe from which we have partnered with some of them to collaborate and define value chains beyond end-of-life cycles of garments. We will publish our progress through our site and social channels.
In most cases bottles are collected from residential and commercial compounds as well as coastal areas by small cooperatives, and sold to certified collection centers. These facilities operate under a Renewable Resources Management Business License issued by the local government.
Plastic bottles used in the fabrics are not taken from landfills but diverted before they arrive there. This prevents the unsafe labor conditions of landfill waste picking and ensures proper compensation for the collectors.
Current worldwide demand for textile fibers is over 100 million tonnes per year and synthetic fabrics account for more than 50% of this consumption. Trying to replace synthetic fibers with cotton would have an immense environmental impact.
Natural fibers like cotton, when compared with synthetic fibers, present advantages in terms of waste production due to the biodegradability of both their discarded textiles and their micro-fibers. However, cotton has a very intensive resource consumption, mainly in terms of water and land degradation, due to the use of insecticides and herbicides. The cultivation and production of 1 kg of cotton requires in average 20,000 liters of water and some experts indicate that cotton is the largest user of water among all the agricultural commodities.
RPET fabric has a 50% lower carbon footprint than the organic cotton. Furthermore, compared with other synthetic fibres, RPET polyester fabric has almost a 90% lower carbon footprint than nylon, and 75% lower than polyester!
Recycled Polyester (RPET) is environmentally friendly, cost-effective and safe.
The regenerated polyester fibre is made from recycled plastic bottles and performs as well as regular virgin polyester.
Here are some facts about RPET:
It is important to teach new generations about diminishing natural resources, and managing our waste responsibly.
Collecting plastic waste is a good first step, but did you know that we can recycle plastic waste into high quality school uniforms?
Through the process of recycling plastic bottles into uniforms, you can not only reduce the carbon footprint of your school, but also teach children about recycling as a solution to overcome the enormous waste problems of today. Meanwhile, students wear high quality garments that look, feel and fit great!
Local solutions for local problems.
Our ultimate goal is to provide our customers with fabrics made from locally collected plastic waste. So you are not only helping to make a difference for our planet, but also directly improving environment at your doorstep on top of creating jobs!
Do have a look at the Waste2Wear® Ocean Plastic Project,
This program is an initiative of Waste2Wear to bring together stakeholders from different sectors in a joint effort to find solutions to reduce plastic pollution in the oceans. This is an example of collaboration to achieve profound and positive system change.
Waste2Wear® supports your sustainability objectives and CSR performance.
As a one-stop solution for recycled polyester textiles & final products, we help you to make your organisation more sustainable.
It does not matter if your company’s core business is not in textiles, since most companies for example will have uniforms used for brand recognition.
We ensure this by implementing blockchain technology and third party certifications across our value chain, from collecting plastic waste to the end product, while being flexible and able to offer businesses a fully customized service. Pioneering, collaborative and solution driven is how we inspire others to become more circular and sustainable.
We minimise our eco-footprint as much as possible through different initiatives:
Lots of goods are exported every day and there is often a deficit of imports resulting in empty containers being returned. A fuller ship is faster and more stable, so when ships do not have enough cargo, seawater is pumped into them to act as ballast. They then release this water into other ports prior to loading new cargo. This can lead to foreign marine flora and fauna contaminating local waters. In order to avoid this and to minimize our carbon footprint in the process, we use reverse logistics as much as possible.
We work together with some of the world’s biggest waste management companies. Because of stricter import regulations of plastic waste in many countries it is our dedicated aim to develop our network and to include recycling opportunities in different parts of the world.
All Waste2Wear® textiles and products are fully traceable, GRS certified and in the near future verified by blockchain technology.
The Global Recycle Standard (GRS)
is a third party certification standard that verifies that products really do have the recycled content it claims to have. GRS certification is administered by the Textile Exchange, a global non-profit dedicated to driving changes in sourcing and manufacturing and ultimately reducing the textile industry’s impact on the world’s water, soil, air, and people. But GRS certification goes beyond traceability and labeling. It also verifies safe and equitable working conditions, along with environmental and chemical practices used in production.
The Waste2Wear®RA-3 test
Is a Waste2Wear proprietary process (patent pending) to test and measure the content of recycled plastic bottles in a product. It can be applied on fibers, yarn, fabric and final product.
Waste2Wear® Blockchain technology
is the first blockchain system to trace post-consumer recycled materials all the way to its source. It secures a complete transparency of the value chain for our partners and the opportunity for authentic story telling to the final consumer, using a QR code which shows the collecting spot of the plastic waste.
What is Blockchain technology:
Blockchain is a distributed data structure, stored in the cloud, for managing value chain data without a central administrator among people and companies who do not know one another.
Microplastic and Microfibre pollution in the water supply is a growing concern, especially in the textile and apparel industries.
Ongoing research and improvement
Waste2Wear is very committed to the constant improvement of its current technology by working together with different universities in China and Holland as well as research institutes like the Narwhal Ocean Center and The Microfibre Consortium, to reduce micro-plastics into the ocean. The first step has been establishing a set of best practices to reduce micro-fibres, such as the utilization of highly-twisted yarns and avoiding the use of fleeces in products that have to be washed often.
Micro-fibre Shedding in R-PET vs Virgin Polyester
RPET also presents advantages over regular polyester in terms of micro-fibre shedding. The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (MISTRA) published a report in 2017 showing their findings after conducting several experiments to compare micro-fibre shedding on RPET vs. regular polyester. To the surprise of the researchers, RPET showed 55% less micro-fiber shedding than regular polyester. This research is still in process in order to establish specific elements of causation, however, the initial results are very positive for recycled polyester.
The Microfibre Consortium
Since 2019 Waste2Wear joined the The Microfibre Consortium. The consortium facilitates the development of practical solutions for the textile industry in order to minimise microfibre release to the environment from textile manufacturing and product life cycle. With our joined vision that states ‘A future with managed microfibre loss from textiles, to the environment’, the work of TMC looks to connect and translate deep academic research, with the reality of commercial supply chain production to offer solutions to its brand, retail and supplier members and ultimately for the greater good of our ecosystems.
Waste2Wear | Ocean Plastic Project
There is a long journey ahead to tackle the micro-fibre problem, but Waste2Wear is committed to improving this together with our partners and customers. A good example is the “Waste2Wear | Ocean Plastic Project” which aims to develop supply chains based on Ocean Waste and to conduct upstream research to identify pollution sources in order to support the advance of new industry standards and regulatory policies
1. Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra)
2. International Union for Conservancy of Nature (IUCN)
RPET behaves somewhat more erratic than regular polyester, so it takes more time and effort to create to the right color recipe due to the irregular clearness of the raw material. Although the final product would have the same colors, the process to achieve such result is very complicated. Many years of trial and error have given Waste2Wear the experience to master the dying of RPET fabrics.
Besides the use of the REACH standard, Waste2Wear monitors the water treatment compliance and water recycling of the dying mills. When possible we use digital printing or sublimation to reduce water consumption.
Unlike the bottles that are made of PET, the caps are usually made of Polypropylene (PP) or High-Density Polyethylene which are not suitable materials to produce fibers. The labels are usually processed for energy recovery as they cannot be recycled.