June 22, 2010

Recycled PET and vinyl textiles

Vy&Elle creates products for everyday use from second generation industrial waste such as reclaimed vinyl billboards, fabric banners and 100% certified RPET fabric. Each of their products contain 97% of recycled post-industrial waste. Billboard vinyl is applied in its original form with little processing. The additional PET fabric is derived from plastic bottles that have been recycled into repurposed fabric, creating an alternative to non-eco fabrics and trim.

Plastic PET bottles are collected from recycling plants, washed, sorted by type and color and then crushed. Once in a crushed state, the recycled PET plastic pellets are then heated to produce both long and short fibers for yarn production. This yarn can then be woven or knitted and used in the same way as any other fabric, thus helping to create a sustainable system for recycling waste back into everyday products such as clothing, accessories, toys, etc.

Contact: Vy & Elle, Tucson, AZ, USA.

For more information, see Transmaterial 3: A Catalog of Materials that Redefine our Physical Environment

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