Evaluating the contents of your recycling bin can lead to all kinds of questions. Like, how did I eat a whole tub of hummus in two days? Or, ouch…those beer bottles explain my pounding headache.
But have you ever looked inside your bin and wondered what happens to all of those containers from there? Us either. But we’re going to tell you, because 3-4 of those empty plastic bottles make our shoes and a lot of other products you probably didn’t know about!
Now, we don’t want you to think SAOLA shoes are garbage. Quite the contrary. There is actually all kinds of high-quality apparel and gear made with recycled plastic. Reason being, is that polyester and plastic bottles are made from the same substance - polyethylene terephthalate. Don’t worry – we can’t pronounce it either. That’s why everyone just refers to it as PET.
Here’s the play by play:
- Once your recyclables make it to the recycling center, they are sorted – clear plastic bottles are the chosen ones for this process because they are able to be died into other colors down the line.
- Then all the clear plastic bottles are thoroughly cleaned and shredded. This is the start of the break-down-to-rebuild process.
- After that, those shredded flakes are broken down even more, to where they look like little perfectly shaped plastic pellets.
- Those pellets are then melted down and extracted through tiny holes that turn them into filaments. (Isn’t science crazy!?) The fibers are then spun into thread, which is then woven to make fabric, and there you have it.
So if you ever find yourself second guessing if recycling really matters, the answer is an emphatic yes. It does. And now that you know about it, keep an eye out for it in other stuff you buy! Remember the old “Reduce Reuse Recycle” song? That’s what we’re talkin’ about.
Thank you for joining the movement for cleaner manufacturing and a healthy planet. Together, we can #MAKEANIMPACT.
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