FAQ’s

FAQ

Current worldwide demand for textile fibers is over 100 million tonnes per 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 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:
Intertek (a worldwide industry leader in third party quality testing)
OEKO-Tex® Standard 100
GRS (Global Recycled Standards)
BSCI (certifies social & ethical working conditions in our factories)

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 R-PET instead of regular polyester we save:

  • 70% less Energy
  • 86% less Water
  • 75% less CO2

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:

  • Save one full gallon of gasoline
  • Save enough water to provide drinking water to one person for five days!
  • Save the amount of greenhouse gas emitted while driving a hybrid car for almost 15 miles

We should reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible!

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!

Learn more about our recycled school uniforms and get in contact: https://www.waste2wear.com/contact
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We help you to make your brand and reputation more sustainable:

Solid process, transparent and controlled across the whole supply supply chain.
100% recycled and sustainable, no compromises
We meet the needs and demands of today’s consumers.
Waste2Wear® can improve your sustainability objectives and CSR performance. 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.

With uniforms made from Waste2Wear®, you can tell your people how much exactly they have saved in water and energy consumption with the clothes that they are wearing!

Local solutions for local problems.

Our 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 our 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.

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.

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 R-PET 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

Microplastic and Microfiber 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, to reduce micro-plastics into the ocean. The first step has been establishing a set of best practices to reduce micro-fibers, 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

R-PET also presents advantages over regular polyester in terms of micro-fiber shedding. The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (MISTRA) published a report in 2017 showing their findings after conducting several experiments to compare micro-fiber shedding on R-PET vs. regular polyester. To the surprise of the researchers, R-PET 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.

Waste2Wear | Ocean Plastic Project

There is a long journey ahead to tackle the micro-fibber problem, but Waste2Wear is committed to improve 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)

Microplastics Shedding from Polyester Fabrics (link)

2. International Union for Conservancy of Nature (IUCN)

Primary Microplastics in the Oceans: A Global Evaluation of Sources (link).

Reverse logistics is the answer.

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.

We work together with some of the world’s biggest waste management companies. They help us to locally collect PET bottles and we help them to fill up their containers.

A wide range of different textile products can be made from recycled fabrics:

  • Fashion apparel and accessories
  • Corporate uniforms
  • School uniforms
  • Medical wear
  • Homeware
  • Hospitality products
  • Bags and packaging
  • Others

We are constantly working on new developments. If you have question about possibilities please do get in contact: https://www.waste2wear.com/contact

All Waste2Wear® products are traceable and certifiably sustainable.
The RPET yarns that we use are certified by Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) for recycled content claim.

SCS is a leading third-party certifier and standards developer of environmental and sustainability claims. SCS will trace the unique fiber structure of Waste2Wear® products and verify if it is truly recycled fabric before granting it special certification.
For more information please visit: https://www.waste2wear.com/compliance

Recycled Polyester (R-PET) 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:
R-PET requires 86% less water than regular polyester
RPET consumes 70% less energy than regular polyester
The CO2 emissions of R-PET are 75% lower
1 kg of RPET can keep 60 water bottles out of environment
Using RPET helps us to not only keep plastic out of the landfills and oceans, but also to save our natural resources.

Using RPET helps us to not only keep plastic out of the landfills and oceans, but also to save our natural 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:

  • A flotation and separation process removes the caps and labels from the bottles, as they are made of plastics with different characteristics
    Plastic bottles are then processed into flakes
  • After being washed the flakes are melted
  • Yarns are pulled from the melted polyester
  • The result is a clean, valuable, and recycled raw material perfect for the textile industry
  • The raw filament yarns are spun into yarn and ultimately woven into variety of different fabrics

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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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 exaclty why we need to be more responsible and take care of our home. We need to rethink how we use our valuable resources.

R-PET stands for Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate, also known as Recycled PET.
R-PET is also called Recycled Polyester and it’s made from recycled plastic (PET) bottles.