WHAT INGREDIENTS WE NEED

Packing Cubes are usually made of nylon or polyester (PET) based fabrics. Mostly these yarns are made from virgin material like oil.

As we want to counteract this trend, we replaced the nylon of our Packing Cubes and Shoe Bags with material made from recycled plastic bottles.

PET-bottles can be processed to polyester yarn. This makes it to a secondary resource for fibres.This process saves a lot of energy, CO2 and water compared to fabrics made from virgin material and reduces plastic waste.

plastic bottle

BUT HOW DOES IT WORK?

Used plastic bottles were collected, crushed, cleaned, melted, formed and spun into yarn and then woven into fabrics.

process of recycled plastic bottles

THE PROCESS

Used plastic bottles are collected and pressed to bundles with a compactor. This reduces the volume of the bottles, which makes transportation much easier.

These “bottle-bundles” are then transported to a recycling facility and sorted by colour.
Colourless bottles are perfect for with clothes and can be dyed at the same time. This makes them a lot more valuable.

plastic ball
plastic shredding and washing

The bottles are shredded into small flakes and washed, to get the remaining labels off them and maintain the quality of the plastic.

The flakes are dried, melted and spun to thin yarn fibres.

plastic melting and wrap
yarn

These fibres are not yet strong enough to obtain fabrics from it right away. First, they need to be stretched, cut and then many fibres are spun to one thread.

During the next process, these threads are broken up again until we gain some kind of wool-like fabric (fluff), which builds the main cloth for the polyester.

From this we can gain new fibres, which are bundled again to robust threads. Those are collected as yarn on reels.

yarn werkzeug
textile

The polyester threads are bundled and spun to fabric.

Material stylists take care to cut the fabrics into forms fitting for the products we designed and produce this way our TRAVEL DUDE products.

HOW MANY
PET-BOTTLES ARE RECYCLED

The number of recycled bottles varies and depends on the product itself as well as the set size.

the amoung of recyceled PET bottles for our products

THE FINAL RESULT