Recycling polyester fibers presents a sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative to disposing of waste in our landfills. Re-using PET means we can save as much as 700 years of biodegradation from plastic, reduce costs and follow a more sustainable manufacturing process that benefits everyone.
Fiberpartner’s recycled fibers are produced under the Fipatec Recycle label. We supply clients within the automotive, hygiene, filtration, furniture, pillows, duvets, quilts, insulation and technical non-woven industries.
For some, fiber tenacity is everything; for others it is a matter of whiteness and touch.
Our range of recycled fibers includes solid, hollow, and conjugated. We can even supply partially recycled bio fibers.
Recycling Post-Industrial And Post-Consumer Waste
Recycled PET takes place in two categories: post-industrial and post-consumer materials. Approximately 75% of industrial textile waste is recycled, whereas only around 10% of post-consumer waste is recycled.
It is estimated that recycled PET requires 80% less energy, emits 70% less carbon and requires 40% water than that produced from petroleum.
Post Industrial Waste
Post-industrial waste is produced during the manufacturing of plastic and polyester products.
Recyclable post-industrial fibers include film, lumps, preforms, non-wovens, garments, fibers and many other plastics that are usually manufactured into so-called ”popcorn”.
Post Consumer Waste
The most common and highest volume of post-consumer recyclable fibers includes the PET packaging from bottles. The bottles are sorted into different colours and then shredded into flakes or small pieces. These flakes are then cleaned and extruded into fibers for re-use.
Post-use consumer beverage bottles are the primary raw ingredients used for fiber production.
Understanding the challenges of recycling PET
Of course, recycling fibers from PET presents its own unique set of challenges, particularly with regard to quality.
The biggest issue is that the raw material itself is a waste product and can therefore never be totally uniform. This plays a role in quality fluctuations and in the whiteness of the end product.
Another challenge concerns technology consistency. When compared to producing from virgin material, the production lines for recylced products are much cheaper. The tiers of technology range from top notch to low tech, and thus getting a consistent result is difficult.
Quality control is an essential process in the sourcing of raw materials and the production of the final product.
Fiberpartner Knows How
As is the case in all other processes, controlling the raw materials is of the utmost importance. In light of the fact that the main material comes from discarded beverage bottles, and the supply is dependant on region and temperature, it can be challenging to find reliable sources that can deliver consistent quality. The required quality depends on the application of the fiber: some require high quality while others can accept a lower level of quality.
Fiberpartner is extremely selective about factory partners, and all of them have been inspected and assessed, to ensure they meet the stringent criteria required to be a partner.
Additionally, we are able to supply various certificates such as Oekotex, Global Recycling Standard, ZDHF, IKEA IOS Mat etc.
Contact us and let’s talk about your business, and the right Fipatec Recycle Solution for your needs.