Plastic bottles take about 700 years to decompose, so getting them out of landfills and waterways is extremely important. When degraded, the bottles are not completely broken down, and become tiny microplastic pieces. Even if we can’t see them, they still harm the ecosystem.
An estimated 8 million metrics tons of plastic waste ends up in our oceans every year. With a rising concern for the amount of plastic we as consumers are discarding and the continuous production of virgin plastics, we have a responsibility to future generations to make a stand now by helping reduce our carbon footprint and ease the strain we are placing on our fragile environment.
rPET textiles are the future and one of the many ways in which we as manufacturers and consumers can help bring upon this desperate need for change! Research shows that the energy used to create rPET fabric is about 85% less when compared to virgin polyester. This results in around 65% fewer emissions and 90% less water required to manufacture.
Recycled PET may not yet be the perfect solution, but by creating new life for PET waste, we’re turning something that was once destructive into a symbol of change.