FAQ

There might be some questions popping-up in your mind! Read here about frequently asked questions. Do you still want to know more? Reach out to us by sending a message in a bottle or send an e-mail to info@trashcode.eu

What is R-PET?

R-PET stands for Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate, also known as Recycled PET. R-PET is also called Recycled Polyester and it’s made from recycled plastic (PET) bottles.

How are plastic bottles collected?

In most cases bottles are collected from residential and commercial compounds as well as coastal areas by small cooperatives, and sold to certified collection centers. These facilities operate under a Renewable Resources Management Business License issued by the local government. Plastic bottles used in the fabrics are not taken from landfills but diverted before they arrive there. This prevents the unsafe labor conditions of landfill waste picking and ensures proper compensation for the collectors.

What will be done with the waste of the bottles: the caps, labels, etc.?R-PET facts

Unlike the bottles that are made of PET, the caps are usually made of Polypropylene or High-Density Polyethylene, which are not suitable materials to produce fibers. The labels are usually processed for energy recovery, as they cannot be recycled.

Is it safe?

Recycled fabrics are a safe alternative to regular polyester and polyester blends. The garments are produced with the highest degree of care for health and safety. Our products are tested and certified by worldwide industry leaders including:

  • Intertek (a worldwide industry leader in third party quality testing)
  • OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 (different per factory)
  • GRS (Global Recycled Standards)
  • Amfori/BSCI (certifies social & ethical working conditions in our factories)
How about social and fair labor compliance?

We only work with Amfori/BSCI audited garment factories. We are fully transparent; all players in the chain are known and are accessible to all customers.

Does the recycled polyester feel comfortable?

The R-PET fabrics have a great hand feel and amazing performance. That’s why they are the fabric of choice for the Swiss National Hockey League and their Olympic team.

How many bottles does 1 t-shirt contain?

This depends on the composition of the fabric, the weight of the fabric and the size of the garment. In each garment the amount of bottles is mentioned on a label. As an example, a children’s T-shirt could use between 5-8 PET bottles if the fabric is blended with cotton, or 10-12 bottles if the fabric is 100% R-PET.