Thursday, 23 July 2015 17:11

Fabric firm uses its billionth plastic bottle for branded outdoor wear

A fabric maker, Polartec, has used it's billionth plastic bottle, otherwise destined for landfill in North America, in the production of fabric for outdoor wear used by major UK brands like Montane, Mountain Equipment and Rab.

plastic bottle clothesUS based Polartec has been recycling plastic bottles since 1993 and using the waste to produce high quality fabrics. Back then demand was low and technology was in its infancy resulting in a scratchy fabric that felt recycled.

In 2010, Polartec went into partnership with Unifi Inc to produce high quality recycled fleece, using post-consumer recycled content. Repreve 100 was born and Polartec was able to use a yarn using 100 percent clear plastic bottles that felt good and could offer customers a wider range of styles and colours.

British brands, including Rab, Montane and Mountain Equipment use P Repreve 100 in their collections from baselayers through to outer protection garments. International brands such as Patagonia and Norrona were early adopters in the 1990s and big supporters of the Polartec recycled offering and continue to be so.

Polartec gained Oeko-Tex 100 Certification in 2005 and has been Bluesign certified since 2008.

Alessandro Perseo, Polartec European marketing manager, said: "In the US over 40 billion plastic bottles are destined for landfill this year. One fortieth of this total amount seems a drop in the ocean but it's a start.

"We are keen to continue our upward trend and increase our commitment to make better use of what's already been used. Here's to the next billion."