We only have this one planet to live on. For years and years, pollution has been destroying it. The extreme use of non-biodegradable products in everything from food storage, to building materials, and the poisoning of our air and water with toxic gases and hazardous chemicals have caused lasting damage. Now here we are, facing global warming, while standing on polluted ground. We owe it to ourselves, and our children, to take steps towards reversing this damage. Making use of recycled materials in manufacturing helps to reduce those carbon dioxide emissions.
How does it work?
Plastics, including polyester (PET) are manufactured primarily from petroleum. Recycled polyester (rPET) reduces harmful CO2 emissions by as much as 70%. And 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 is seen during the production process. In addition, another 5% is saved during incineration. rPET is a relatively new type of material. rPET umbrellas means that the polyester is made from recycled plastic bottles. The production process is fairly simple. The bottles are first collected, then cleaned and sorted by color. After this, they are shredded into PET chips. Once shredding is completed, fiber is extracted by spinning, heating and stretching the chips. The fibers are then bonded together 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 then used as umbrella fabric.
As previously stated, pollution is one of the most destructive forces our planet has ever seen. Manufacturing and production facilities pump carbon dioxide into the atmosphere at an alarming rate. This is a main contributor to global warming. Making use of recycled materials in manufacturing helps to reduce those carbon dioxide emissions.