How To Use Recycled Polyester Fabric
Polyester is a synthetic fiber that is made from petrochemicals, specifically ethylene glycol and dimethyl terephthalate (PET), through a process called polymerization. Polyester fabric is long-lasting, wrinkle-free, dries quickly, and is easy to clean. Some estimate that over half of the world’s clothing is made from this material. It is regarded as environmentally unfriendly because it is derived from crude oil. It can, however, be recycled and reused multiple times.
Recycled polyester fabric is made by melting down existing polyester plastics (such as PET drink bottles) and spinning them into polyester fiber. Much less energy is used in this process than extracting the plastic from raw materials and polyester is also non-biodegradable meaning it would otherwise finish in rubbish dumps or in the ocean. Recycled polyester has the same properties as virgin polyester but results in approximately 30% fewer carbon emissions during its manufacture.