Embracing Sustainability in Textiles

Uberplas’s Commitment

In an era of paramount environmental consciousness, the textile industry faces significant challenges and opportunities in adopting sustainable practices. At Uberplas, we understand the importance of this transition and support fibre and fabric manufacturers in using and increasing recycled polymers in their production.

According to the UK Circular Plastics Network, the impact of polymers in textiles cannot be understated: Nearly all textile fibres are made from polymers, whether polyester, cotton, nylon, or some other niche material. Broadly, around 60% of those are synthetic polymers, which are plastics. Polyester accounts for nearly all synthetic polymers, with a small amount of nylon making up the rest. So, fibres constructed from fossil sources make up well over half of the total amount of textiles produced globally, and this figure is increasing because polyester costs less than cotton.

The European Environment Agency’s (EEA) report on plastic in textiles highlights the pressing need for sustainable textile production. We align our practices with these findings to ensure we meet and exceed industry sustainability standards.

Uberplas’s Sustainable Solutions for Textile

Promotion of Recycled Polypropylene and PET: We strongly advocate using recycled polypropylene and PET in textiles. These polymers significantly reduce their environmental footprint compared to their virgin counterparts. Choosing recycled plastics contributes to a circular economy, minimising waste and resource depletion.

Reduced Carbon Emissions: As highlighted by Textile Exchange, using recycled polyester leads to a 70% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to virgin polyester. This is a cornerstone of our sustainability strategy, as we aim to mitigate the global carbon emissions associated with the fashion industry.

Durability and Affordability: We recognise that sustainable options must also be practical. Recycled polyester fabrics offer durability and affordability, making them an attractive alternative to traditional materials. 

The Importance of Recycled Materials in the Textile Industry

Environmental Benefits: Using recycled materials like polypropylene and PET significantly reduces landfill waste and conserves natural resources.

Energy Efficiency: The production of recycled fibres is less energy-intensive than virgin fibres, contributing to lower carbon emissions.

Consumer Awareness: There is a growing consumer demand for sustainable products, and companies can align with these values by incorporating recycled materials.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Uberplas is committed to taking charge of sustainable textile procurement. Our strategies align with the latest research and industry trends, ensuring we contribute positively to the environment and cater to our consumers’ evolving needs. By prioritising recycled materials and advocating for responsible production practices, we are paving the way for a more sustainable future in the textile industry.

Please fill out our enquiry form for more information and requirements for recycled polymers.

References:

European Environment Agency. “Plastic in Textiles: Towards a Sustainable Future.” Link to article.

This is Plastics. “Plastics in Fashion: Recycled Plastics Transforming the Clothing Industry.” Link to article.

UK Circular Plastics Network. “Textiles Sustainability.” Link to article