Converting plastic into fabric has become one of the most eco friendly form of waste recycling. Plastic bottle pollution is a major threat to the environment and is easily looked over; that being said, we have decide to work on a collection of tees made entirely out of organic materials.
This process has become a thing of beauty in fabrics and people now wear these garments that were once plastic. Thread International focuses on recycling used plastic bottles from the streets of Honduras and Haiti and converting them into threads, wovens and yarns. Our team then will turn that fabric into products you can wear; in fact, each shirt could take up to 3.6 bottles to make!
This material is made with 50% Recycled PET Polyester (Polyethylene terephthalate) and 50% Organic Cotton. After bottles are gathered and collected, they are sent for recycling where they are compressed, packed and sent again to a processing factory. At the factory, the bottles are chipped and melted into white round balls which are then crushed and spun through a nozzle.
Read below about the benefits of this form of recycling.
Reduced Waste: Plastic is not biodegradable due to conditions of landfill. Recycling plastic bottles into fabric is a great way to conserve space that can be used for other waste; in addition when buying this tee, you are helping out communities. It also helps reduce number of littered plastic bottles on the roadway and water sources.
Resource Conservation: Natural resources like oil which are nonrenewable and available in limited supply are reasonably conserved when plastics are recycled. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, one ton of recycled plastic conserves about 3.8 barrels of crude oil.
Energy Conservation: Compared to manufacturing normal fabric, making fabric from recycled plastic bottles uses a significantly less amount of energy and water – up to two-thirds less – which thus as a ripple effect, reduces the strain on the power grid. By this, less fossil fuels are burned and air pollution is also reduced.
Decreased Greenhouse Gas Emissions: According to the Environmental Protection Agency, up to 340 pounds of carbon dioxide emission can be saved by the average family each year annually simply be recycling their plastic waste. Through the process of recycling plastic, fewer greenhouse gas emissions are created.
Decreased Pollution: Apart from reducing greenhouse gas emission, plastic recycling helps reduce air and water pollution. Unlike incinerating plastic bottles which emits toxic pollutants to the air, recycling them into fabric is less toxic to the environment.
These factors play a major role when producing Eco-friendly garments. Make a change, and stay tuned as our team is works on your next favorite shirt. #RockYourCliff