Recycled polyester is a clothing material that represents an alternative for consumers who are eco-minded and or concerned with sustainability. Recycled polyester is a type of polymer that is produced from ethylene glycol. Typically recycled polyester is made from plastic water bottles and other common plastic containers. 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) are considerable driving factors underlying climate change because of their high carbon content. When oil is burned, it releases high amounts of carbon dioxide, a heat trapping natural gas, into the atmosphere. As if that were not enough, extracting oil from natural reservoirs and refining it for polyester usage demands generous amounts of energy from non-renewable resources- making the continued production of polyester, by definition, unsustainable. 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, and thus abate soil contamination, air and water pollution.
Recycled polyester repurposes existing plastic products, consequently reducing the quantity of plastics being wasted. Landfills and Earth’s seas amass millions of tonnes 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. Making 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 slow or halt plastic pollution.