Are you doing your bit for our planet?
It is estimated that an average of 35.8 million plastic bottles are used EVERY DAY in the UK, but only 19.8 million are recycled each day. This means there are on average 16 million plastic bottles a day not making their way into the recycling bin.
The Eco Pluma Difference
- 40 plastic bottles are used to make 1kg of Eco Fibres
- RPET resuires 70% less energy than virgin fiber production
- 90% less water is used in making recycled polyester versus polyester
- 51 billion platic bottles go to landfill annually worldwide
- Recycling 1 ton of PET bottles saves 5.7 square metres of landfill space
- Recycling 1 plastic bottle saves the equivalent of 3 hours of energy from a 60 watt light bulb
The Production Process
1. It all starts when you throw a PET bottle into a recycling bin
2. These bottles get sorted and separated at a recycling facility from any other material such as glass, metal or paper
- All the plastic bottles are then squashed and bundled into large bales
4. The bales are taken to a PET reclaiming facility where the bottles are sorted on a colour basis and to remove any non-PET lids, labels and bases
5. The plastic is washed in a sterilising bath, after which the clean bottles are dried and crushed into tiny flakes
6. The flakes are washed again to ensure purest possible final product
7. The flakes then get melted in a VAT and are forced through spinnerets to produce fibres
8. The Eco Pluma Fibres are ready to be shipped to brands using these recycled fibres in their garments.
What types of plastic bottles can be recycled
- All clear and coloured plastic bottles from around the home
- Detergent and soap bottles (minus the pump)
- Cleaning product bottles (e.g. bathroom cleaners, bleach) (Triggers can be left on)
- Skin care product bottles
- Shampoo and shower gel bottles
- Fizzy and non-fizzy drinks and water bottles
- Milk bottles
- Ready-to-use plant food and pesticides bottles (check the label)
- Plastic bottles containing chemicals (e.g. anti-freeze)
- Anything that is NOT a plastic bottle
4 tips for recycling plastic bottles
- Replace lids and tops. If they stay on the container they will get recycled.
- Squash bottles to save space.
- Empty and rinse bottles. Left over foods or liquids can contaminate other recyclables and if bottles contain liquid they may not be recycled as deemed too heavy by the automated sorting process. Liquid can also damage the machinery.
- Leave on labels – these will be removed in the process.