Recycled polyester, also known as RPET, is made from recycled plastic bottles. As with plastic, polyester is made from coal and petroleum and, once it is made, it sticks around FOREVER. Most unwanted polyester products end up either as landfill or in the sea. Conventional polyester is the most used fibre in fashion, and the process of making polyester requires huge quantities of water, chemicals and fossil fuels – many of these chemicals are released into ground water. A much more environmentally friendly approach is to re-use the plastic and polyester already in circulation. This is a mainly mechanical process, and according to the organisation Waste2Wear it requires only 30% of the energy that conventional polyester production uses. The chiffon fabric VILDNIS chooses is made from recycled Coca-Cola plastic bottles. The bottles are broken down and melted, then spun into polyester fibres.
Certification: GRS (Global Recycled Standard)
Fibre ranking class: A (mechanically recycled) or B (chemically recycled)
Properties: durable, quick-drying, retains shape, lasting colour vibrancy