27 Jul '16, 11pm

Ethical problem or eco-hero? Our #textiletest series investigates #recycledPolyester

Ethical problem or eco-hero? Our #textiletest series investigates #recycledPolyester

Your favorite sneakers, t-shirts, and underwear might just be made of recycled plastic bottles. Recycled PET, or recycled polyester, has been part of the fashion cycle for over a decade. And its presence has added a sustainable edge to millions of garments. Fun fact: polyester is rumored to have been developed to replace silk. The original polyester ws made with oil; it was invented by famed scientist William Carothers who later abandoned it to invent nylon. By 1941, a few British scientists refined Carothers’ work and invented the first polyester fabric, terylene. The patent to the Terylene was later sold to DuPont, the company that Carothers worked for, and the rest is a large part of fashion history. At the outset, polyester was marketed as a durable fabric. Lauded for its ease of use, the fabric gained popularity with housewives and businessmen alike. It was sold as ea...

Full article: http://eco-chick.com/2016/07/36288/recycled-polyester-tex...

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