Updated: Sep 22
In recent years, there has been a growing concern about the environmental impact of the fashion industry, particularly the use of plastic-based materials. As a result, more and more companies are exploring alternative materials that are sustainable, ethical, and eco-friendly. One such material that has gained a lot of attention is RPET, or recycled polyethylene terephthalate. RPET is a type of recycled polyester made from post-consumer waste such as plastic bottles. In this blog post, we will explore what RPET is, how it is made, its uses, benefits compared to virgin polyester, and why we choose to make our activewear with this fabric.
What is RPET?
RPET is a type of polyester made from recycled plastic bottles. These plastic bottles are collected, cleaned, and shredded into small pieces, which are then melted and extruded into fibres. These fibres are then spun into yarn and woven into fabric. RPET fabric is essentially the same as virgin polyester, but it has a much lower impact on the environment.
How is RPET made?
The process of making RPET begins with the collection of post-consumer waste such as plastic bottles. These bottles are cleaned, sorted, and shredded into small flakes. The flakes are then melted and extruded into fine threads, which are spun into yarn. The yarn is then woven into fabric using traditional weaving techniques.
Uses of RPET
RPET can be used for a wide range of applications, including clothing, bags, upholstery, and other textiles. One of the most popular uses of RPET is in activewear, as it is a lightweight, breathable, and moisture-wicking material that is ideal for sports and fitness activities.
Benefits of RPET vs. Virgin Polyester
RPET offers several benefits over virgin polyester. First, it reduces the amount of waste going to landfills and oceans. Second, it requires less energy to produce compared to virgin polyester. According to some estimates, RPET uses 59% less energy and emits 32% fewer greenhouse gases compared to virgin polyester. Finally, RPET can be recycled and used again, making it a truly sustainable material.
Why we choose to make our activewear with RPET
At NAUTRA, we are committed to sustainability and reducing our impact on the environment. That's why we choose to make our activewear with RPET. By using this material, we are able to create high-quality, durable activewear that is also eco-friendly. We believe that sustainable fashion is the future, and we are proud to be a part of this movement.
As we move towards a more sustainable future, it's important to recognise the impact that our choices make on the environment. By choosing to use RPET in our activewear, we are not only reducing waste and emissions but also contributing to the circular economy. We believe that sustainability is not just a trend but a responsibility, and we are proud to take steps towards a more eco-friendly fashion industry. We encourage everyone to make conscious choices in their fashion purchases and support companies that prioritise sustainability. Together, we can create a better world for ourselves and future generations.