I am really proud to be making Xmittens from recycled polyester. What the heck is it, though? Recycled polyester is a polymer-based fabric made using post-consumer (or pre-consumer but post-industrial) polyester. In other words, it takes either your old polyester clothing, used soda plastic bottles and/or excess ends from other polyester uses and melts them down to create a polyester goo which is then cooled and spun into a yarn. This yarn is then knit into a durable polyester fleece that will, in most cases, never need to be re-created into anything nor be thrown away.
There is a great video about the process of recycled polyester from the TV Show ” How It’s Made” that you can see by going clicking here. It really helps explain the process visually. I’ve watched 4 times already!
William McDonough & Michael Braungart, in their article about Eco-Intelligent Polyester (found here) says, “This breakthrough (recycling polyester) in polymer design could have an enormous impact on the textile industry.
Polyester is a key synthetic fiber. Its high performance and durability make it the world’s most popular polymer… Polyester is also recyclable. In fact, polyester recycling is so common, and so widely perceived as environmentally sound, it is now de rigeur for fabric manufacturers to carry a recycled polyester product.”
Of course, there are some negative impacts of recycling polyester namely releasing of chemicals into the air around the recycling plants. Several solutions for these negative impacts are being explored by many key companies, including Victor Innovatex, the producer of Eco-Intelligent Polyester. New recycling processes eliminate toxic chemicals entirely from the process.
Even with some of the current drawbacks (that are changing quickly), recycling polyester it is much better for the environment that creating new polyester. More about new polyester and its environmental effects in another blog post (or check out the book below).
Patagonia, a fascinating eco-clothing company, has a wonderful recycled clothing project where one can return their polyester clothing back once the consumer is done with it. Patagonia will then recycle the fabric back into clothing, creating a closed-loop process of creation and recycling and re-creation .
I am proud to announce that Xmittens qualify for the Patagonia recycling program!
Find out howyou can recycle your Xmittens by clicking here!