Plastic bottles are collected and sorted by type and colour, then washed and flaked. The plastic flakes are heated and melted to produce fibres for yarn production. DGrade's Greenspun™ yarn can be woven or knitted in the same way as conventional polyester yarn, thus helping to create a sustainable system for recycling 'waste' back into everyday products, such as clothing and accessories.
Creating rPET resin suitable for yarn production from recycled plastic bottles requires 50% less energy than is needed to manufacture conventional polyester from scratch. 55% fewer carbon emissions are also released, 20% less water is used, and no oil is required in rPET production. The key point is we reduce plastic to landfill and prevent new resources from being consumed by using discarded plastic as a raw material for Greenspun™ yarn. Each stage of our manufacturing process has been socially and ethically audited and environmentally certified.