What can be made of plastic bottles

Everything that can be made of PET bottles

More and more established brands such as adidas, Zara or H&M are relying on clothing made from recycled materials. The fashion giants use recycled cotton, recycled polyester or plastic waste from the sea for their collections. The use of old PET bottles is also very popular.

share launches water bottle made from 100 percent recycled material

The Berlin start-up share successfully established a bottle made from 100 percent recycled plastic on the market in 2018. With its 0.5 and 1 liter bottles, the young company promotes the so-called bottle-to-bottle cycle, i.e. the recycling of old PET bottles into new ones made from recycled material. share has already saved around 200 t of new plastic in this way. With the increasing use of recycled PET bottles, the ecological profile of plastic bottles is constantly improving. The average proportion of recycled materials in non-returnable PET bottles is currently 26 percent. In addition, the bottle-to-bottle cycle has a clear ecological advantage over the processing of old PET bottles into other products such as textile fibers and foils, as these, unlike plastic containers, can only be reprocessed once. For this reason, associations such as the Forum PET and the RAL Gütegemeinschaft Wertstoffkette PET beverage packaging are committed to sustainably strengthening the cycle.

Scandinavian men's fashion for all weathers

The fashion company KnowledgeCotton Apparel has set itself ambitious goals: By 2025, the Danes want to reach the mark of 5.5 million recycled PET bottles, which they use as the raw material for their sustainable and fair clothing. By the end of June 2019, there were already more than 3 million PET bottles, each with 25 being used in the production of a single jacket. Their material consists of 100 percent recycled PET.

Sweating with a clear conscience

The sports bra "Piz Ela" from the sportswear company Sundried is a sustainable alternative. The fashion label, founded in 2015 by the triathlete Daniel Puddick, sells two clothing lines that are made from 100 percent recycled materials: the Eco Charge line is made from used coffee filters and the Eco-Core line is made from recycled PET bottles.

Environmentally conscious superhero

The Hamburg fashion label Johnny Urban offers sustainable backpacks with its "Eco Series" product line. Both the inner and outer fabric are made from recycled polyester, 100 percent obtained from old plastic bottles. A current example is the waterproof and roll-out Robin backpack.

First geogrid made from recycled PET yarn

The Huesker Group proves that old PET bottles are not only an important starting material for the fashion world. The leading manufacturer of geosynthetics and technical textiles from Gescher recently launched the world's first geogrid made from 100 percent recycled PET yarn.

The recycled geogrid, which is used as an asphalt insert for reinforcement in road construction, is ecologically superior to conventional geogrids in road construction: each kilogram of recycled PET yarn saves around 4.3 kg of CO2 emissions compared to non-recycled PET yarn . This corresponds to a car journey of 33 km. Further products in the eco version from Huesker are to follow soon and will therefore also be available for applications in earthworks and foundation engineering.

Bags made from sustainable natural materials

Cork and felt are versatile natural materials. The Saxon fashion company UlStO has recognized this - and uses it for itself. The young company from Dresden produces bags and accessories with high recognition value by hand. The Saxons attach great importance to regionality and sustainability. This is why production is mainly in the Ore Mountains and the felt that is used to make bag models such as “Pectina Konfetti” is made from recycled PET bottles.

Dog accessories with high versatility

Dogs sleep between 12 and 14 hours a day. A comfortable place to sleep is a must. With its “Buddy Bow” berth, the manufacturer of dog accessories Buddy offers a comfortable and versatile option. With a pillow at home, the bed can be transformed into a backpack with an integrated towel in no time at all. The versatile dog accessories are produced in a German sewing shop by people with disabilities. The seamstresses only use thread made from recycled plastic bottles.

Shopping for the preservation of the German forests

For every charity shopper sold, the Hessian fashion company Lässig plants a tree in Germany. It supports the work of the German Forest Protection Association. In terms of environmental protection, however, casual goes even further: all shoulder bags from the Green Label collection are made from recycled plastic bottles.

The IK Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen e.V. (IK)

As a federal association, the IK represents the interests of manufacturers of plastic packaging and films in Germany and Europe. The PET forum in the IK provides information about the range of applications, properties, ecological optimization and recycling of the material PET. The members of the forum include internationally operating companies from the entire value chain: PET manufacturers, preform and bottle manufacturers, machine builders, closure manufacturers, beverage fillers and recyclers.