How are plastic pet bottles recycled into clothing?
By N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe
New Delhi, June 5 (IANSlife) Since the United Nations General Assembly designated June 5 as World Environment Day, it has served as a platform to raise awareness of the issues facing us and our environment. Whether it’s air pollution, plastic pollution, sustainable consumption or rising sea levels, protecting the environment has become our top priority.
Plastic pollution has become a major concern in recent years. Plastic never breaks down; instead, it breaks down into tiny particles that end up in the ocean. It has a negative impact on the environment that may not seem to affect us directly, but it harms our mother earth and our health.
According to reports, the world produces more than 400 tons of plastic per year, with the vast majority of the products not being recycled. Many brands have recently taken charge of the situation and started recycling PET bottles into clothing, which is a method to reduce waste generation and make the world more environmentally friendly.
Anjana Pasi, director of the MiniKlub, says: “It’s just one small step we’re taking towards a sustainable nation. The collection made from recycled plastic is completely safe and skin-friendly. It’s good for the environment since we make new products from old products that either go to waste or are of no use to us.
She goes on and explains how PET bottles can be recycled and used to produce high quality fibers. ‘The pure version of polyester textile is ‘Recycled Polyester’. Recycled polyester is known for using PET as a raw material, the same material used in clear plastic water bottles, and recycling it to make the fabric keeps it out of landfills. Below are the production process steps of PET bottle recycling:
The first and most important step is to collect the PET bottles that have been sterilized, dried and then pressed into small shavings. The shavings are then heated and passed through a plate called a die to form chains of wire. After that, this yard is wound into bobbins and the fiber is then passed through a curling machine to achieve a fluffy texture. Finally, the yarn is dyed and knitted into polyester fabric.
She also adds ‘About 6 bottles are recycled to make a T-shirt, 6 bottles to make a bodysuit, nine bottles to make a sleepsuit, five for leggings and nine for a dress, PET is as good as virgin polyester , but takes less resources to do.
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