100% recycled raincoats! How is it done ?

  • Posted by Moki B

For the Flotte, the selection of materials is at the heart of each development. Our credo is to use recycled materials to pollute less.

100% recycled and certified fabrics: rPET.

 

Add value to our plastic waste.

Today, plastic production weighs 320 million tonnes and is expected to double by 2034. That's huge! While plastic bottles can take up to 450 years to decompose in nature, only less than half are recycled. In order to reduce the production of plastic waste, Flotte turned to rPET, a more responsible alternative. 

Our rainwear is made primarily from the recycling of used bottles, food packaging and used clothing, does not contain any harmful substances, and is manufactured under healthy and fair working conditions.

 

What is rPET?

Coming mainly from the recycling of used bottles, agri-food packaging and used clothing, rPET (or recycled polyester) is returned to the state of fiber to be reused.

After the collection of bottles and plastic waste, they are sorted and washed before being crushed and transformed into granules. Following this recycling process, a 100% recycled textile fiber can be manufactured: rPET. This material ages slowly and is resistant to UV rays or bad weather. A true eco-responsible alternative, rPET has a quality comparable to ordinary polyester and nylon.

Fun Fact: you need the equivalent of 12 water bottles for the Amelot model and 16 to create a Belleville sweatshirt!

 

A virtuous circle. 

The higher the proportion of recycled polyester in the industry, the greater the virtuous effect on the protection and respect of the environment. Indeed, the increase in the share of rPET automatically leads to a decrease in the consumption of new PET. This solution requires optimizations throughout the chain, starting with the sorting of waste. The objective: to transform our household waste into a source of raw material with high added value. True gesture for the planet, the production of rPET limits greenhouse gas emissions and saves up to 60% of energy. Recycled, but also recyclable, rPET is part of a zero waste and circular economy approach. Reuse what already exists is the mission that we have embarked on.

 

Some interesting facts about rPET:

  • Recycling one tonne of rPET containers saves 7,4 cubic meters of landfill space
  • Half a kilo of rPET used reduces energy consumption by 84% and greenhouse gases by 71%
  • When you recycle 1 plastic bottle, you save 6 hours of energy from a 60-watt bulb
  • 90% less water is used to make recycled polyester compared to virgin polyester
  • 70 billion plastic bottles are landfilled each year around the world
  • Plastic bottles in US landfills could wrap 5 times around the earth
  • Plastic bottles in landfills take over 500 years to decompose

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