Fact ✔️: Nearly half of the world’s clothing is made of polyester and Greenpeace forecasts this amount to nearly double by 2030.
Why🤔?: The athleisure trend is one of the main reasons behind it: an increasing number of consumers are looking for stretchier, more resistant garments.
Where's the problem ⁉️: The problem is, polyester is not a sustainable textile option, as it is made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET), the most common type of plastic in the world.
In short, we are wearing clothes that come from crude oil. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has called for drastic actions to keep the world's temperature from rising more than 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels, and this means we need a major shift in how our society operates.
Reducing Landfill & Ocean Pollution
A crucial advantage of using recycled polyester over virgin polyester is the reduction of bottles in landfills. Plastic bottles are reused in the fibre production process of recycled polyester and this in turn has major benefits for reducing contamination of the earth as well as water and air pollution. This also means reduced use of petroleum which is used in the creation of virgin polyester.
Fact ✔️: Recycled polyester results in huge energy savings (of up to 45%) during the fibre production process compared to virgin polyester. Choosing recycled polyester over its virgin counterpart also means a 20% reduction in water consumption and 30% less CO2 emissions.
Time for a change
At Projects817 we care as much as you do about the world we're living in. Therefore we have been working hard behind the scenes with suppliers to make the switch from virgin polyester to recycled polyester for some of our products.
The following products produced moving forward will be using 100% recycled fabrics.