Recycled Polyester (rPET)
Polyester is the most-used conventional fiber in the textile industry. Recycling “waste” plastics to create a new textile product is preferable to drawing on fossil resources. There are two types of PET recycling:
- Mechanical recycling involves melting the plastic and re-extruding it to make yarns
- Chemical recycling involves breaking the polymer into its molecular parts and reforming the molecules into a yarn.