Future Plastic: Recycled Polyester

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Srinath L. Reddy

Global Sourcing & Innovation

What is Recycled Polyester

Polyester is one of the most widely used raw-material fibres in the apparel manufacturing industry. Polyester fibre was introduced in the market in the 1950s and started to earn popularity through its magical durable performance. Recycled polyester, also known as rPET, is a fabric produced from existing plastic components. In the context of rPET, your used plastic bottle can be the best example for reusing a raw material instead of utilising natural resources.

How we produce Recycled Polyester

Recycled polyester is either mechanically or chemically recycled. The production process varies as per fibres; in general, it starts with collecting categories of plastics, then crushing them into small pieces, turning them into small pallets, finally melting them so that the pellets can be spun into yarn.

 

Process flow for Recycled Polyester

 

Why chose Recycled Polyester

If we compare recycled polyester with conventional polyester, recycled polyester is a viable option with many additional benefits without losing any significant qualities of virgin polyester. The key reasons are:
●    It consumes less energy in production than virgin polyester, resulting in an overall lower carbon footprint.
●    Fewer Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) emission (resulting from less production of virgin polyester)
●    Minimum wastewater and other wastage discharged into the environment. 
●    Reduced dependency on petroleum as raw material
●    It can be continuously recycled with no quality degradation, stays as durable as virgin polyester.
●    It prevents used plastic from getting released into landfills and oceans, especially creating a substantial positive impact on marine life.

 

Why ZXY works with GRS

GRS

The Global Recycled Standard (GRS) is an international, voluntary, full product standard that sets requirements for third-party certification of Recycled Content, chain of custody, social and environmental practices, and chemical restrictions. The GRS is intended to meet the needs of companies looking to verify the recycled content of their products (both finished and intermediate) and to verify responsible social, environmental and chemical practices in their production. The objectives of the GRS are to define requirements to ensure accurate content claims and good working conditions, and that harmful environmental and chemical impacts are minimized.

 

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