Trashcode Re-de-fined

FAQ

FAQ

There may 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 hello@trashcode.eu

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.

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)

In most cases bottles are collected from residential and commercial compounds as well as coastal areas by small cooperatives, and sold to certified collection centres. 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 labour conditions of landfill waste picking and ensures proper compensation for the collectors.

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.

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.

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.

Unfortunately fabrics made out of recycled polyester cannot be recycled as the fibres become too short and not strong enough to re-spin fibres out of it. In addition, many countries do not have established laws for recollection and recycling of cloths.

The concept of sustainability consists of three pillars: 1. People - Shareholders, social projects, supporting local communities, fair wear and working conditions. 2. Planet - Recycling, organic, leftover fabric, save energy, higher quality - longer lifecycle. 3. Profit - Healthy profit is important to maintain a high level of impact. *Conserving an ecological balance by avoiding depletion of natural resources.

Current worldwide demand for textile fibres is over 100 million tonnes per year and synthetic fabrics account for more than 50% of this consumption. Trying to replace synthetic fibres with cotton would have an immense environmental impact. Natural fibres like cotton, when compared with synthetic fibres, present advantages in terms of waste production due to the biodegradability of both their discarded textiles and their micro-fibres. However, cotton has a very intensive resource consumption, mainly in terms of water and land degradation, due to the use of insecticides and herbicides. The cultivation and production of 1 kg of cotton requires in average 20,000 litres of water and some experts indicate that cotton is the largest user of water among all the agricultural commodities. R-PET fabric has a 50% lower carbon footprint than the organic cotton. Furthermore, compared with other synthetic fibres, R-PET polyester fabric has almost a 90% lower carbon footprint than nylon, and 75% lower than polyester!

Yes of course, Organic cotton (provided use is limited as cotton overall not really a sustainable fibre), Lyocell (made out of wood), recycled polyamide, Cork, Hemp, Linen, Vegan Leather (PU) etc. Most commonly used and suitable because of availability are Organic cotton, Vegan leather, Lyocell and recycled Polyamide.

As of March 2021 we are aiming to use 100% sustainable packaging and labels, such as hangtags made of recycled paper, Polybags made out of recycled material, woven labels made of R-PET etc.