Press release, 7 February 2020
The most commonly used plastic in the world is used in almost all of our home appliances. These products, such as fridges and air conditioners, often end up in landfill. Today, Waste2Wear is proud to announce that it can recycle this type of plastic, polypropylene, into a great new material. It is suitable for products such as durable shopping bags.
After a development process of two years, in collaboration with the Chinese Donghua University and other partners, we have succeeded in creating a strong fabric in a transparent and fully certified value chain.
Research & Development director Eduardo Garcia at Waste2Wear:
“There are many challenges when recycling polypropylene (PP). We therefore reviewed every step in the recycling process carefully and succeeded to assure not only the quality of the RPP fabric, but also the safety of the material. As a result, the textile is strong, safe and perfectly suitable for durable shopping bags and reusable packaging.”
These new non-woven and woven RPP textiles comply with the European REACH standard and are supplied with the Global Recycled Standard certification (GRS). The value chain of the fabrics is fully transparent, and backed by our blockchain technology. The blockchain records the journey of the recycling process step-by-step. This allows our customers to track each step in the value chain from plastic waste to fabrics.
In collaboration with Bagtrotter, the first RPP shoppers will be presented at the EuroShop trade fair, 16-20 February in Germany. The shopper is an accessible product which enables us to reach a large number of consumers with our recycled materials. In addition, the shopper can be used as a clever communication tool. Using information from the blockchain, brands can show consumers their shopper is responsibly made. Next to Waste2Wear, Bagtrotter has also engaged in a co-creation with the Reflective Shopper patent allowing the shoppers to reflect in the dark. This is why the bag is not only safe for the environment but also safeguards its user.
Launching this responsibly made RPP fabric underlines Waste2Wear’s commitment to continue innovating circular solutions with industry partners. Together we can reduce plastic waste and turn it into an infinite resource.
You can find Bagtrotter at the EuroShop fair in Hall 3 booth A83
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