In recent years, the hospitality industry has seen a spike in demand and use of eco-friendly and recyclable goods — most notably textiles. Touch Textiles came about as a direct response to the demand, and we are thrilled to announce our newest addition to the textile brand with our new line of eco-friendly polyester fabrics.
In the US, 64% of municipal waste is deposited in landfills each year, of which, 51 billion plastic bottles take up space in these landfills annually. If stretched out, these bottles would wrap around the earth five times, and would take a staggering 700 years to decompose.
With the addition of the polyester line into Touch Textiles’ offerings, we are taking the bottles that are recycled and are using them to create high quality fabrics to offer as environmentally responsible alternatives in each of our re-upholstery projects. With new innovative technologies available to sort through recycled goods, we’re able to separate materials and recycle them correctly to offer the best products possible.
To make the best material for our projects with these recyclables, we need PET (Poly Ethylene Terephthalate). PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) impurities have to be removed from bottles in the plant to obtain the PET chips which are used in the fiber. Once filtered out of bottles, the chips can be turned into a fiber, and it is at this stage that we use them in our projects.
With two million bottles used every ten minutes, the opportunity to lower the use of virgin materials in our products and increase the sustainability of our planet is more present than ever — especially when only ten bottles are needed for a pound of fabric. That translates to a possible 1.2 million pounds of fabric from just an hour’s worth of plastic bottles being used!
To learn more about our eco-friendly textile offerings, visit http://www.touchtextiles.com/