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What Is rPET Fabric?

February 11, 2021 0 Comments

What Is rPET Fabric?

We're big on sustainability here at Burnt Soul and using recycled fabrics is one way we reduce the impact we have on the planet. See our sustainability ethos to find more.

Here we take a look at how the recycled fabrics we use are made and what the benefits of using these regenerated yarns are. We also take a look at the properties of the recycled Lycra fabrics we use in our active wear and party wear.

 

DID YOU KNOW: One million plastic bottles per minute are sold around the globe and only 9% of those recycled?

What Are The Benefits Of Using rPET Fabrics?

The biggest benefit to using regenerated yarns, otherwise known as rPET fabrics, is that we are reusing waste plastic and fishing nets due for landfill or, even worse, our seas.

It also uses considerably less energy, natural recourses and water compared to virgin polyester and Nylon fabric and produces less C02 in the production process.

Most information taken from Waste2Wear



How is recycled rPET fabric made?

rPET stands for recycled polyethylene terephthalate. PET, in its original form, is used for plastic bottles and food containers, while rPET can be made into anything from blankets, insulation, car parts, shoes and more.

Once the plastic bottles have been sorted, they are minced into plastic flakes, pressed into pellets and then melted and spun into polyester yarn. It's then mixed with Lycra (to give it the stretch) and knitted into fabric. Once it's on a roll, the fabric is fantastic for printing on as it keeps hold of dye really well.

 

4 steps to ensure your plastic bottles are recycled properly - via Recycle Now

  • Replace lids and tops. If they stay on the container they will get recycled
  • Squash bottles to save space
  • Empty and rinse bottles. Left over foods or liquids can contaminate other recyclables and if bottles contain liquid they may not be recycled as deemed too heavy by the automated sorting process. Liquid can also damage the machinery
  • Leave on labels - these will be removed in the process


The different rPET Fabric we use

ECONYL® 78% Nylon (recycled) 22% Lycra

Approximately 640k tons of fishing nets are discarded in the ocean each year, making up 1/10 of all marine waste.

These nets stay in the sea and affect the ecosystem for hundreds of years. Becoming deadly for whales, turtles and other sea creatures.

ECONYL® work with Healthy Seas to collect these nets from the North, Mediterranean and the Adriatic Sea. They are then processed and manufactured into new Nylon yarn.

  • hyper-resistant
  • a unique mix of muscular compression and comfort
  • Suncream and oil resistant
  • excellent UV protection
  • ultra-chlorine resistant
  • Great coverage and totally squat proof
  • Machine wash at 30 degrees (Not including items with foil panels)
  • Stretchometer 3
Econyl environmental facts
Leopard Eco life lycra high rise cycling shorts
Leopard Eco life lycra high rise cycling shorts
Leopard Eco life lycra high rise cycling shorts

Foils on rPET Base: 82% Polyester (recycled) 18% Spandex (with foil effect)

If you're long time Burnt Soul lovers, you'll know we have offered these incredible foiled snakeskins in the past but made the decision to stop as they didn't align with our sustainability ethos... well we have AMAZING news.

We can now offer both the OG Gold Digger foiled snakeskin and a beautiful Silver snakeskin on our plain base eco Lycra! We're so proud to give you holographic rainbow heaven that doesn't cost the Earth 🙌

  • Holographic foil coverage
  • a unique mix of muscular compression and comfort
  • Retain stretch qualities whilst offering total shining wow-factor
  • Suncream and oil resistant
  • excellent UV protection
  • ultra-chlorine resistant
  • Great coverage and totally squat proof
  • Stretchometer 3

Gold Crackle

Lilac Crackle

Silver Crackle

New Silver foiled snakeskin

OG Gold Digger snakeskin

Life Lycra - 78% Polyester (recycled) 22% Lycra

  • Suncream and oil resistant
  • excellent UV protection
  • ultra-chlorine resistant
  • Offers great muscle compression for all our sporty babes
  • Great coverage and totally squat proof
  • Great for digital printing using non toxic, waterless dyes
  • Machine wash at 30 degrees (Not including items with foil panels)
  • Stretchometer 1
Leopard Eco life lycra high rise cycling shorts
Leopard Eco life lycra high rise cycling shorts
Leopard Eco life lycra high rise cycling shorts

Techno Lycra - 85% Polyester (recycled) 15% Elastane

  • Suncream and oil resistant
  • excellent UV protection
  • ultra-chlorine resistant
  • Offers great stretch
  • Great coverage and totally squat proof
  • Great for digital printing using non toxic, waterless dyes
  • Machine wash at 30 degrees (Not including items with foil panels)
  • Stretchometer 4
Leopard Eco life lycra high rise cycling shorts
Leopard Eco life lycra high rise cycling shorts
Leopard Eco life lycra high rise cycling shorts


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