What’s the best alternative to virgin polyester?


When we started to conceive The Running Republic, it was clear that although polyester and polyamide are the best fibres in sports apparel, we would not be using them in their virgin state. We are acutely aware of the current global emergency regarding plastic pollution, and we did not want to introduce new contaminating materials into the environment.

After months of investigation and dozens of meetings with fabric suppliers, we came to the conclusion that the best alternative to virgin polyester currently available on the market is recycled polyester (also called rPET).

Our research showed that recycled polyester has many benefits both in terms of technical attributes and sustainability.

To understand these benefits, let us explain what recycled polyester is and how it’s produced.