How is recycled polyester made?
Recycled plastic is made by collecting plastic waste such as plastic bottles or fishnets, shipping it to processing facilities, melting it down into pellets and then spinning those pellets into new polyester fibre.
Recycled polyester has the same consistency, elasticity, resistance to abrasion, moisture-wicking and colour fastness as virgin polyester. However, due to its production process, it’s a much more sustainable and environmentally friendly than virgin polyester - which is why we chose to use it in the making of our sports clothing (along with recycled polyamide).
By using recycled polyester, we’re saving natural resources. Instead of introducing new oil into the environment, we’re able to save just over one litre of oil per kilo of recycled material.
Using post-consumer recycled polyester also allows us to decrease the amount of plastic waste in the environment. We can turn one kilo of collected waste - ocean plastic - into one kilo of recycled material.
Last but not least, using recycled polyester saves energy throughout all the production processes by 50% compared to virgin polyester, and generates 70% less CO2 emissions. With CO2 being one of the biggest contributors to the greenhouse effect and climate change, we think it’s fundamentally important to reduce emissions as much as we can.