The Cutting Edge / COMPUTING / TECHNOLOGY / INNOVATION : A New Idea in Trashy Clothes : Textile Mills Are Recycling Garbage Into Quality Fabrics - pet resin
Saw the latest advanced custom design on the fashion show and thought: "Is this rubbish?
If the answer is yes, you may be more correct than you think.
With the help of new technology, textile mills are collecting plastic beverage bottles, old clothes, cotton and wool waste, etc.
Call garbage and turn them into the first
Quality fabric used in the brandname T-
Shirts, jackets and backpacks.
"We made an extraordinary product out of ordinary garbage," said Karen Deniz, product sales director at dysburg fabrics, a dysburg fabric company that used old
"We can't burn plastic water bottles, we can't bury them, we can't sink them, so it's time for us to start wearing them.
"About 18 months ago, clothing made from recycled bottles began to enter the store.
So far, these bottles typically enter wool, fake fur and other fluffy fabrics, accounting for 50% to 89% of the fabric content.
Completely melted wool jacket
The next bottle will appear on the hanger for the first time this fall.
These bottles are PET made from the same oil-
Base material used in the manufacture of polyester fiber.
Synthetic fibers make the fabric very strong, not easy to fade and wrinkle, and can hold the moth in the attic.
Traditionally, polyester is made by forcing PET resin to create hair through small holes
Like strands, then stretch and curl to make them stronger.
Albert Fowlkes said that at the textile mill, the machine then aligned and screwed the fibers together to make yarn or thread that can be woven or woven into fabric, the vice president of operations at dysburg, Tennessee.
In order to make the bottle, PET resin is molded into flakes or tubes and then finished with plastic caps and metal rings.
In order to turn the used bottle into fiber, the bottle is sorted and then processed by the machine, the machine will peel off paper labels, metal and bottle caps.
The rest is then cleaned, purified and crushed into tiny flakes.
Once the flakes melt into resin-
Like matter, the process of turning them into hair --
The thin fiber is basically the same as the initial polyester.
When recycled fibers enter textile mills such as dyerburg, they are treated in a slightly different way than the first timetime fibers.
For example, the loom must be set to run slower and the fluff fabric needs more energy, Fowlkes said.
Dye formulations have also been adjusted for recycled fibers because they absorb colors differently, he added. Wellman Inc.
As the main producer of synthetic fiber, plastic bottles were recycled at South Carolina factory in 1980.
Judith Langen, marketing director at Wellman New York, said that for more than a decade, the quality is good enough to arrange only the vents of filtration systems, subgrade and landfill sites
The company began to produce clothing.
Quality fiber in 1992.
In the second year, Patagonia, an outdoor clothing company, released its first wool jumper jacket, partially made from recycled plastic bottles-
25 bottles per jacket. "It was . . .
Like magic . "
"Think about it a minute ago it was a bunch of dirty old plastic bottles and now there's a beautiful jacket ---
I think this is what attracts people's attention.
"Richard Man, marketing director at Draper knitting, a textile mill in Canton, Massachusetts.
The recycled fiber is more resilient than the original polyester fiber, he said.
In addition to fleeces, recycled PET fibers are also used to make woven and knitted polyester fabrics similar to denim, pointed cloth, wide cloth, and Jersey blends.
JanSport, an outdoor equipment manufacturer, created a canvas home
Stylish backpack and tote bag made of recycled polyester fiber.
Weelman is one of the few companies that produce recycled fibers used by US textile mills, which is estimated to have recovered 2 fibers. 4-
Putting billions of beverage bottles into polyester every year saves enough oil to feed cities like Atlanta a year.