I’ve just got myself a “quick dri” t-shirt that’s made of 10 recycled PET (plastic) bottles, a cap for my son made from six recycled bottles and a cloth bag that was made out of anything between 10 to 40 recycled plastic water bottles. Did I hear you say plastic is bad for our oceans and deserts? That we should stop using it completely? Contrary to popular belief, plastic has a low carbon foot print, it is safe and hygienic and it is meant to be recycled, and not dumped. And that’s why we need to stop trashing it around and instead, recycle and reuse it in the form of garments and accessories, just like I did.
DGrade will be Middle East’s first bottle-to-yarn manufacturing company to shred plastic bottles and re-use them to either make new bottles or spin them into yarn to make apparel.
Plastic bottles are collected, then washed and shredded into flakes. The plastic flakes are then heated and melted to produce fibres. The fibre is spun into the yarn, which is finally woven or knitted into fabric to make clothing and accessories. This in turn creates a sustainable system for recycling waste (plastic in this case) back into everyday products that we can use.
DGrade is currently getting together the large quantity of plastic bottles required to manufacture clothes and accessories through its Simply Bottles recycling initiative and is excited at the prospect of producing its trademark Greenspun fewer carbon emissions and zero per cent oil, a finite resource.
Kris Barber, the founder and CEO of DGrade, says that once they turn on the machinery to start shredding the bottles, the company will be able to recycle 720 million bottles per year (nearly a fifth of plastic bottles used annually in the UAE), and therefore divert a significant amount of waste that would otherwise enter the waters around the Middle East.
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