So often we talk about recycled plastics, but are not really sure what we mean. Did you know you can call some polyester products recycled, but they have actually been made from industrial waste and not post consumer waste. This means when the polyester yarn was made using waste from manufacturing, the origin of the polyester material used in the yarn was recovered from waste polyester yarn at the yarn manufacturing plant; or waste fabric collected from the manufacturing unit. Because the polyester was not virgin, and collected from the production line, it is still classed as recycled polyester. I think this can be misleading, good efficient manufacturing should be using it's waste and putting it back in the pipeline, rather than creating virgin polyester, it makes commercial sense -it should be cheaper that way.
True Recycled Polyester in my view should be made from post consumer waste. Post Consumer Waste is the plastic waste you throw away in the recycle bins every day. This plastic waste is then collected, sorted, ripped, melted, chipped and used to produce other polyester products like the polyester yarn in Jody and Lara swimwear. This recycled polyester is slightly more expensive to produce than other products labelled "Recycled Polyester" . That's because there is also lots of contaminants in the consumer waste which need to be removed, like bottle labels; crisp packets; fluid still remaining in the bottle; bottle lids and other rubbish. Because it's more expensive to produce this kind of recycled polyester, it is not often used, because it creates a more expensive product, which many people are not prepared to pay for. However, I believe in time as more and more people begin to see the value of true recycled polyester made from post consumer waste, the economies of scale will kick in, and the price will eventually come down, and this will be the normal way of producing polyester. The cover-up swimwear from Jody and Lara range is made from plastic bottles which have been used and then thrown away - Post consumer waste. The bottles are collected from recycle bins, sorted and the plastic bottles are melted and extruded into long thing filaments to make the yarn. The yarn is knitted into fabric, along with some elastane to give you the stretch and performance you need in great swimwear. This swimwear believe it or not also has one of the lowest carbon footprints on the market, also because the fabric is printed and not piece dyed. Dyeing fabric (piece dyed) particularly polyester or Nylon fabric has a huge energy bill because of the temperature requirements to heat up all that dye in the water and the high pressure you need to dye the fabric under. This becomes one of the areas in the production of swimwear which has the highest CO2 impact. Which is not the case with printed fabric. So you can breath a sigh of relief, I have tried to ensure this swimwear has the highest ethical and environmental standards. Which makes this swimwear if not the most sustainable swimwear brand in the world certainly in the top 3. Enjoy! Lx