Scientific data estimates that a staggering 15 million metric tons of plastic pollution enter our rivers and oceans each year. Many countries have partially banned use of plastic in the retail industry, however our dependence on plastic is wider then our imagination. The actual number of recycling factories is less than required.
PET is a valuable material since it is derived from non-renewable sources such as petroleum or natural gas which are depleting fast and becoming more expensive. While repeatedly reworked, PET does not lose its basic characteristics, it can be re-used several times to create high value products.
10 plastic bottles = 1 pound of polyester fiber
1 ton (2000 lbs) of plastic bottles recycled saves 3.8 barrels of oil
1 million plastic bottles recycled saves 250 barrels of oil
1 million plastic bottles recycled eliminates 180 metric tons of CO2 emissions from being released into the atmosphere
10% of all US oil consumed (2 million barrels per day) is used to make plastics
Recycling plastic bottles takes 8 times less energy than to produce an equivalent amount of new ones
300 meters of PET Silk saves 1 barrel of oil
PET recycling reduces CO2 emissions: for every kilogram of recycled PET, 3 kilograms of CO2 are spared. The recycling of 1,000 kilograms of PET prevents the emission of almost 3,000 kilograms of greenhouse gases corresponding to the emissions of a medium-sized car in one year.
Manufacturing new products from recycled PET allows a saving of approximately 50% of energy. Recycling helps to save the non-renewable energy sources from which PET is derived.
PET Silk yarns consume very low water and energy, in comparison to the traditional silk yarn making processes.
PET ready fibers goes through a chemical process where it changes its molecular structure and restructures itself. In this process all the micro fibers are melted into a long filaments, hence there is no way of releasing micro fibers during washing.