From Bottles to Gloves
Did you know that globally, humans buy a million plastic bottles per minute and 91% of all plastic is not recycled? On top of that, it is estimated that it takes up to 700 years for a plastic bottle to dissolve.
It’s up to consumers and manufacturers to start making a change to become more sustainable by using recycled material instead of creating virgin material.
Watson Gloves is excited to announce the introduction of WasteNot™ yarn into select products. Due to increased awareness of the harm that plastic pollution produces, there is greater demand for ways to deal with our plastic waste and WasteNot™ is our innovative way to be more sustainable.
We are focusing on the beginning stage of the product life cycle; in this case, we’re using post-consumer recycled plastic bottles to make our eco-conscious gloves.
Polyester, which is used in a majority of fibres in the textile and apparel industry (58%), is harmful to the environment during its production, as it’s made from petroleum derived from chemicals. RPET (recycled polyester), on the other hand, not only diverts bottles from landfills, but is also less toxic and resource-intensive during its production. Compared to polyester, RPET uses 59% less energy, emits 32% less CO2 emissions, and generates 79% less carbon emissions. Choosing RPET as a non-virgin material alternative reduces our dependency on fossil fuels, produces a smaller carbon footprint, and helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy usage throughout the supply chain.
We use RPET by taking recycled plastic water bottles and breaking them down into small pellets, which are then spun into yarn. This type of yarn material is what we call WasteNot™. One whole 500mL bottle is used in one pair of seamless knit gloves and 1-3 plastic bottles are used in our fabric printed gloves. WasteNot™ yarn is certified by the Global Recycled Standard, which validates recycled fibre content claims and composition.
RPET can be used in a variety of garments, bags, runners, and now gloves. Many big players in the clothing industry have taken strides to make products through recycled materials, and Watson Gloves is proud to be the first in the glove industry to successfully bring recycled products into the market and we’re continually striving to push the envelope with our innovations and environmental efforts.
See below for our selection of WasteNot™ products. Find gloves for everyone in the family!
To read about our official WasteNot™ launch, click here.
Does your company or customer have sustainable goals? Let’s work together to meet them through eco-friendly PPE.
Contact your Watson Rep today or email us at [email protected]!
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