At ECONIC, we work hard to find innovative ways to create fabrics that are sustainable and ethically manufactured. Follow along in this study on how we turn 3 plastic bottles into eco-fleece to create our one of a kind apparel. ECONIC apparel. Recycled Polyester uses PET as raw material, this is the same material that is used in clear plastic water bottles, preventing more waste from going into the landfills.
What is PET? PET is an acronym for Polyethylene Terephthalate and it is best known as the clear plastic used for water and soda bottle containers. PET is the most widely recycled plastic in the world, and the recycling rates are continuing to increase. As a raw material, PET is a petroleum-based product that is globally recognized as a safe, lightweight, and flexible material that is also 100% recyclable.
Follow along as we describe how we turn PET into our ECONIC eco-fleece!
The plastic bottles are put onto a conveyor belt where workers separate clear plastic from green caps foreign objects and non PET items. PET items are removed from the conveyor belt and put aside.
The plastic bottles are sterilized in a bath and crushed into small pieces which are then washed a second time.
The plastic is heated and forced through spinners to create strands which harden and are collected in containers.
These strands are threaded through a spinning machine which twists them and winds them around spools.
The threads from the spool are drawn through heated rollers and pulled to almost 4 times to original length.
The threads are pulled through a crimping machine which adds texture and strength and then are dried.
Dried threads and fed into a spinning machine which spins them into yarn.
The yarn in submersed into large vats on non water soluble chemical dyes. Yarn made from green bottles is dyed darker colours while clear plastic yarn is dyed lighter colours.
After yarn is dried it is fed into a knitting machine that creates the rolls of cloth.
The knitted cloth is fed through a machine called a napper which creates the fuzzy texture of the fleece.
Finally the material is cut and sent to the factory to be made into garments.
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