This particular thing caught my attention when I saw a dress Emma Watson wore for Met Gala 2016 which was made of fibers from recycled plastic bottles. By wearing this dress she made a statement that fashion can be done with sustainability.
Here is how the dress was made. Click here for a clearer info-graphic.
Here is an infograph explaining how this is done.
In general the process goes as follows:
- Post-consumer PET bottles are collected at communities and recycling centers.
- Bottles are baled and brought to a processing facility, where they are sorted by type (PET, HDPE, LDPE, etc.) and color.
- The PET bottles are then stripped of their labels and caps and washed to remove any adhesives and other possible contaminants.
- Then, the bottles are crushed and chopped into flakes.
- The flakes are then fed into an extruder, filtered, and spun through spinnerets to produce recycled PET fiber.
- The fiber is crimped, cut, drawn, and stretched into required lengths for baling. Baled fiber can be processed into fabric for a variety of textile products.