Every Minute over 1 Million Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) bottles are purchased globally.

Less than 9% of all plastic gets recycled [1] meaning there are huge numbers of plastic bottles being incinerated or disposed of via landfill or in the environment.

To help tackle this issue we have been producing recycled polyester ribbon, made from PET post-consumer water bottles, for over 15 years. This process is audited and certified by the Global Recycle Standard (GRS).

If you would like to read more on this reference, please follow the link below

1. https://plasticoceans.org/the-facts/


Manufacturing Process

It begins with the PET water bottles being collected, washed, crushed and shredded, to form flakes. The flakes are washed to remove any further contaminants and impurities before being melted and extruded to make filament, which in turn makes a yarn.

This ribbon can be used in place of virgin polyester ribbon with exactly the same performance and has less environmental impact. Recycled PET’s contribution to global warming and climate change is 91% less than in comparison to virgin PET [2].

If you would like to read more on this reference, please follow the link below

2. Li Shen et al. 2010. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, ‘Open-loop recycling: A LCA case study of PET bottle-to-fibre recycling’, vol 55, issue 2, pp.260-274.

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  • Wash Care Label Ribbon
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  • Bows

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Our mechanically recycled polyester yarn is certified to the

  • Global Recycled Standard (GRS)

End of Life

We advise and promote the re-use of our products to help reduce the environmental impact we all have on the planet

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