How many PET Bottles have been recycled by DICOTA until today?
Since the launch of the ECO Products, DICOTA has produced over 150,000 carrying solutions out of recycled PET. While doing so we’ve been able to give a new live to over 1.5 million PET bottles (0.5l). By 2022 we target replacing the main material for all our textile products by recycled materials.
How does the mechanical recycling of PET for textiles work in detail?
PET can either be recycled chemically or through a mechanical process.
DICOTA relies on the mechanical recycling Therefore used drinking bottles are collected, sorted by colour and washed.
After having stripped of their labels and caps, the bottles are crushed and cut into PET flakes. These flakes are heated to eliminate last impurities, then melted and transformed into dense pellets. The pellets are melted again and extruded into rough polyester fibre which is then brushed, stretched and spun into yarn.
The yarn can be processed into various types of fabric. Those can either be purely made of recycled material or mixed with virgin polyester – tailored to the specific demands of the final product.
As a last step, the fabrics are dyed in order to reach the colour needed to design stylish and ecologically sound DICOTA bags.
What are the exact advantages of using recycled PET to produce textiles?
Recycling bottles and turning them into fibres comes with multiple advantages: preserving resources, minimize waste and keeping plastics out of the landfills and oceans – where they take about 450 years to biodegrade. Studies show that recycling polyester uses up to 53% less energy and cut down CO2 emissions by about 54% compared to what’s needed to produce virgin polyester.