Recycled Polyester (rPET) is made of 100% recycled polyester from pre and post consumer materials. The material is perfect for transfer printing.
Creating rPET is less polluting. A 2017 life-cycle analysis found that manufacturing rPET generates 79% less carbon emissions than producing its virgin counterpart. In 2018, the non-profit organization Textile Exchange challenged over 50 textile, apparel and retail companies (including giants like Adidas, H&M, Gap and Ikea) to increase their use of recycled polyester by 25 percent by 2020.
However, many garments are not made from polyester alone, but rather from a blend of polyester and other materials. In that case, it is more difficult, if not impossible, to recycle them. Most people believe that plastics can be infinitely recycled, but each time plastic is heated it degenerates, so the subsequent iteration of the polymer is degraded.
Although, rPET has its pros and cons. It is still a great technology to use in fashion industry. At the end of the day, polyester is invented for a purpose. It is up to consumers to use it wisely.
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