And it’s not just a few plastic bottles that REPREVE® have turned into wardrobe essentials. Since their founding, they’ve recycled over 30 billion of them. By 2025 they’re aiming for 50 billion. This is no mean feat but at the rate they’re going they’ve got it in hand – just check out their ever-ticking bottle counter on their website repreve.com
But how do they do it? The process kicks off the moment you stick a plastic bottle in a recycling bin. Once they’ve been collected, they end up in material recovery facilities and from there they’re brought to the REPREVE® Bottle Processing Centre where they’re sorted, cleaned, and chopped up into tiny flakes. The flakes are then melted and squeezed into chips, which are spun out into REPREVE® performance yarn. It’s as simple as that, 100% recycled – and the process uses less energy and water compared to virgin synthetic fibres and conventionally processed recycled polyester. The final product is ultra-durable and can be used to create all kinds of apparel, accessories, and furnishings.