¿Is recycled polyester all the same?

Previously on the same blog we told you why at The Running Republic we decided to use recycled polyester and recycled polyamide to be the main materials to build the best brand of sustainable sports apparel.

The technical attributes of recycled polyester and recycled polyamide and the savings for the environment compared to the virgin ones are the main reasons to define our offer based, for the moment, on these fibers.

Pre-consumer or post-consumer recycled polyester?

When we talk about recycled polyester, we must make an important distinction between Pre-Consumer recycled polyester and Post-Consumer recycled polyester.

Pre-Consumer recycled polyester comes from polyester production discards and PET plastic bottles that, due to production failures, cannot be used for the food industry and are recycled to produce (among other uses) recycled fibers for the textile industry.

Post-consumer recycled polyester comes from plastic waste collected in the environment, mainly in seas and landfills. We are talking of the tons of plastic waste that we find in the Oceans, as well as fishing nets and also of waste found on land both in landfills and in the environment.

Both processes go through collecting, crushing in fine flakes, purifying and re-polymerizing, creating the polyester chips that at this point of the process are treated in the same way if they are recycled or virgin as they are spun and then woven or knitted in fabrics.

Real sustainability seeks to reverse the ravages of pollution.

Let’s be clear: if, in terms of performance, there is no difference between virgin polyester and recycled polyester, between Pre-consumer and Post-consumer it’s exactly the same, but while both materials are good for the environment, only one of them means collecting waste from the environment and reconverting it by giving new life to something that is currently polluting.

With the objective of washing their image, making the already famous Greenwashing their way of carrying out the sustainable transition, many Fast Fashion and Sports brands use Pre-Consumer recycled polyester for their sustainable capsules of products, because it is infinitely cheaper than Post-Consumer recycled polyester and even while doing something positive for the environment, they are magnifying their efforts towards sustainability.

And if we consider that every year 8 million tons of plastic waste ends up in the Oceans, at The Running Republic we have no doubt which, despite its higher cost, is the best material between the two, so this is why we only use Post-Consumer recycled polyester and Post-Consumer recycled polyamide.

That is why in our ecommerce you can find the best truly sustainable sportswear ethically made with Post-Consumer recycled polyester and Post-Consumer recycled polyamides.


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