Recycled Polyester Commitment

More than 45 renowned textile, apparel and retail companies—including major brands such as adidas, Dibella, Eileen Fisher, Gap Inc., H&M, IKEA, Lindex, MetaWear, Target and Timberland—have committed or are supporting an increase in their use of Recycled Polyester (rPET) by at least 25% by 2020. The commitment will be tracked via participation in the Polyester Module of Textile Exchange’s annual Preferred Fiber and Materials Benchmark Survey. The baseline for measuring progress will be the usage published in the 2017 Textile Exchange Preferred Fiber and Materials Market Report (PFMR).

According to the PFMR, participant rPET usage is 47,407 mt. A 25% increase by 2020 is projected to provide the following benefits:
• 2,868,000,000 bottles diverted from landfill.
• 35,329,509 kg reduction in human toxicity.
• 1,849,464 MJ saved on primary energy demand.
• 122,823 kg reduced Co2.

Please contact Materials@TextileExchange.Org to join the commitment.

We’re excited to increase not only the amount of recycled polyester we source, but also the depth of our engagement within the rPET supply chain. We believe rPET can go beyond environmental impact to have social benefits for vulnerable populations. We’re especially excited to scale the effort through our partnership with Thread, a B Corporation that transforms trash from the developing world into recycled polyester, strategically creating transparent and dignified supply chains in Haiti, Honduras and Taiwan. Zachary Angelini, Timberland’s Environmental Stewardship Manager

The ultimate goal is to substantially increase the global availability of rPET, and drive rPET production efficiencies ultimately making it more accessible to all. The rPET Working Group seeks to identify and support more sustainable practices under Sustainable Development Goal 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), which encourages industries, businesses and consumers to recycle and reduce waste.

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The IKEA ambition is to not use any virgin oil based polyester in textiles by 2030. To commit to use 25% more rPET by 2020 is a natural step towards our ambition. We are committed to use resources with the utmost efficiency and turn waste into resources.Lena Julle, IKEA Category Area Manager, Textiles


The companies/organizations that are participating in the commitment are listed below. The represent the entire value chain—including brands, retailers, suppliers and associated industry organizations.