Recycled polyester, or rPET, is made from recycling, reprocessing, and repurposing plastic. Plastic is one of the most common materials in our lives. However, it has a major downside - it doesn't decompose. It's been around for over 50 years and still, today, we are producing more than 300 million tons of plastic every year.The problem with this is that most of this plastic ends up in landfills or oceans. There, it breaks down into small pieces which are consumed by animals and can cause serious health risks to humans too. Plastic we use becomes waste which harm not only us but also other living beings and the environment.
How does it work?
Plastics, including polyester (PET), are derived from petroleum. Recycled polyester (rPET) reduces harmful CO2 emissions by as much as 70%. Utilizing recycled plastics significantly reduces the need for additional raw materials, such as fossil fuels. Through recycling, a saving of up to 75% on these fossil fuels occurs during the production process. In addition, another 5% is saved during incineration.
Our Dripdrop's umbrella is manufactured from rPET, a relatively new material. The production process is simple; the bottles are first collected, then cleaned and sorted by color. After they are shredded into PET chips to extract fiber by spinning, heating, and stretching the chips, the fibers are then combined to form yarn. At this stage, the fibers resemble a cotton ball. The fabric is then sent to a manufacturer to transform the yarn into polyester which is used as umbrella fabric.