Plastic bottle recycling is a way of reusing plastic waste, with the objective that it doesn’t end up in our oceans or landfills.
Polyethylene terephthalate (also known as PET) is a highly recyclable material that can be turned into new plastic used for example for packaging, or as resource for new textiles. Although PET is a relatively clean type of plastic, only a small portion of the collected plastic bottles are clean enough to be reused as packaging for food products. The post-consumer plastic waste is shredded into small flakes. These flakes are washed, melted and filtered so every impurity is removed from the mass. The flakes are crushed into pellets from which we can make strands of yarn by melting and extruding them through micro-holes. From this recycled polyester we can create all types of yarn, make textiles and produce clothes that are eco-friendly and highly sustainable.
By collecting plastic waste properly and contributing to plastic bottle recycling you are actively helping to make a change. It doesn’t take up much of your time and efforts, but it has a huge effect on our environment and the future of our planet.
Worldwide, huge amounts of drinks in plastic bottles are bought every second of every day and these numbers are likely to increase notably over the next few years. Natural systems and organisms on our planet are getting polluted and the small particles of plastic are working their way to our dinner plates through seafood. This is why it is important to work together to support the proper collection and recycling of plastic waste and to create a cleaner and healthier planet. Start today and don’t forget to educate the people around you and ask them to do the same. We can only fight plastic pollution if we all work on proper disposal together.
Waste2Wear is a company with their headquarter in China, that create innovative fabrics and (textile) products made out of post-consumer plastic waste saved from oceans and landfill. This way, they are contributing to transforming waste into new resources. The company collaborates with many different partners to work on innovative solutions to reduce plastic waste. By buying and wearing products made with Waste2Wear®fabrics, you’re supporting the collection and recycling of plastic waste bottles.
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