Wearing Plastic – Clothing Company Produces T-Shirts Out of Recycled PET Bottles
March 27, 2012
A clothing company wants to see plastic bottles out of landfills and on to the runway.
ReThink Fabrics is a branded manufacturer of t-shirts and apparel produced with recycled PET bottles. The company's signature line of t-shirts is made from 100% post-consumer recycled polyester RPET fabric.
The Seattle, WA-based company was started in 2008 by a group of apparel industry veterans with more than 30 years experience in the outdoor market.
Anne Sodemann, CEO of ReThink Fabrics, told PlasticsToday with the advancing technology in the plastics recycling arena, it was a natural step to use it as material for clothing. In addition, RPET polyester fabric has a 75% lower carbon footprint than virgin polyester.
"What was appealing was the message about what you can do with a material that some perceive as waste, and turn it into a valuable resource," she said. "Instead of throwing plastic bottles into a landfill, why not make it into a t-shirt?"
Source: Plastics Today
By Heather Caliendo