Recycled polyester is an alternative clothing material for consumers who are eco-minded and or concerned with sustainability. Recycled polyester is a type of polymer that is produced from ethylene glycol – plastic. Typically recycled polyester is made from plastic water bottles and other common plastic containers that are melted down and reshaped into a fabric. Plastic products are cleaned, spun and converted into new products that may be recycled time and again.
The Production of Conventional Polyester, and Other Synthetic Fibers Is Unsustainable
Synthetic fibers, including conventional polyester, are from with oil as their base substance. Oil (and petroleum-chemicals) have high carbon content, and is therefore not produced with renewable materials. When oil is burned, it releases high amounts of carbon dioxide, a heat trapping natural gas, into the atmosphere. This adds to warmer global temperature averages. Extracting oil from natural reservoirs and refining it for conventional polyester demands amounts should not have to come at the cost of depleting non-renewables. Oil, like other fossil fuels, is in limited supply and is depleted faster than they being replenished.
Recycled Materials Can Prevent Pollution From Entering Landfills & Abate Soil Air and Water Pollution.
Recycled polyester repurposes existing plastic products, which reduces the quantity of plastics that end up as waste. Landfills and Earth’s seas amass millions of tons of plastic waste annually. This abundance of discarded plastic has no place to go after its been used by humans. Plastic is not biodegradable, which means that it will remain in Earth’s seas and landfills for 10s or 100s of years before it decomposes. Using materials like recycled polyester is a solution for plastic pollution because it entails removing objects from land spaces and ecosystems (or preventing them from being becoming waste in the first place). Reusing plastic waste can therefore slow or halt plastic pollution.