ReCanvas is a unique denier, weft and weave of 100% recycled polyester fibers which is perfectly suited for the beach and outdoor environments. Recycled polyester is more durable and more sustainable than polyester made from virgin plastic.
Recycled polyester is made from recycled plastic bottles. The process begins with collecting the plastic bottles. The bottles are then cleaned and sorted by color and then shredded into small pieces. The shredded plastic is then melted and spun into yarn. The yarn is then woven or knitted into fabric.
ReCanvas requires less energy and water to produce than polyester fabrics made from virgin polyester, and it produces fewer emissions. Recycled polyester is also a more durable fabric than virgin polyester.
Here are the steps on how recycled plastic polyester is made:
The first step is to collect plastic bottles. This can be done through a variety of methods, such as curbside recycling programs, drop-off centers, and in-store recycling bins. You do your part when you recycle.
Once the plastic bottles have been collected, they are cleaned to remove any dirt or debris. This is done using a variety of methods, such as water, detergent, and heat.
The plastic bottles are then sorted by color. This is important because different colors of plastic require different processing methods.
The sorted plastic bottles are then shredded into small pieces. This is done using a machine called a shredder.
The shredded plastic is then melted. This is done using a machine called an extruder.
The melted plastic is then spun into yarn. This is done using a machine called a spinneret.
7. Woven or knitted
The yarn is then woven or knitted into fabric. This is done using a variety of machines, such as looms and knitting machines. The yarn properties, weave, and denier of ReCanvas are what give it the special properties ideal for outdoor gear.
The recycled polyester fabric is then finished. This may involve dyeing, printing, or other treatments. ReCanvas for example includes a treatment that reduces the flammability of the fabric.
Recycled polyester is a versatile fabric that can be used to make a variety of products, including clothing, home furnishings, and industrial products. Recycled polyester was the perfect place to start in the creation of ReCanvas for your eco-friendly beach tent.
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