As in other industries, the textile industry is relying more and more on recycled raw materials for its products. One of the most commonly used materials is RPET, plastic recycled from PET plastic bottles. However, a large proportion of fabrics sold as recycled polyester are said to be in fact newly produced PET. But which testing methods are there to prove that the raw materials used are actually RPET and not virgin material?
To ensure this, the company Waste2Wear has developed a new test procedure. The Waste2Wear patent pending three step verification process RA-3 assures that source material is plastic bottles. As an independent 3rd party, WESSLING has now verified the RA-3 process as an accurate and reliable test of RPET.
“Sustainability is a path that we as a company have been pursuing for years together with our business partners. Therefore we are glad collaborate with Waste2Wear. In fact, detecting and proving recycling content is a very challenging task but highly needed in the market. The RA-3 method which was checked by WESSLING is a very interesting approach for an independent test”, explains Dr Michael Jahnz, General Manager of WESSLING Shanghai.
Waste2Wear delivers high quality polyester fabrics made from recycled plastics since 2010. Mainly serving B2B, the portfolio of high-quality products made from RPET today includes apparel such as fashion, sportswear, workwear and uniforms, interior textiles such as furniture fabrics, upholstery and curtains as well as promotional items such as shopping bags. Their RA-3 testing of polyester fabrics will be undertaken in the lab in the Shanghai office.