Updated: Apr 3
Let’s talk benefits of rPET
Those eye-opening numbers you saw in part 2 of this series is the reason why using recycled bottles to make recycled polyester (rPET) has become so popular. It prevents the bottles from ending up in landfills or the oceans and therefore it also helps reduce the toxic emissions from incinerators. As well as it reduces the industry’s consumption of oil and contributes to lessening the extraction of natural gas from the Earth to make even more plastic.
HOW MANY POP BOTTLES WERE USED TO MAKE YOUR T-SHIRT?
According to Fashion United, “five pop bottles yield enough fiber for one extra large T-shirt”. How shocking is that? Recycled polyester has become a sustainable alternative, and the opportunity –together with other recycled fibers– to lower our dependence on petroleum as a source of raw materials. This fiber can be used for a variety of products and blends perfectly with natural fabrics, such as cotton.
Recycled polyester sums up everything we were looking for and allows us to stand by our beliefs. That is creating recreational equipment and outdoor apparel that not only protects the Earth but also respects it. We designed in nature and for nature. Using this fiber also lets us manufacture lightweight products, which is great for activities and traveling in the wild. In addition, the materials are not only light, but they can dry faster than other garments.
It's a new day for outdoor apparel and The Wild Dirt is bringing sustainability to everything we make.