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PET Knitwear - Organic Textile


Another very important proposal is to make use on an large industrial scale of PET (Polyethylene) a thermal plastic polymer that can be reprocessed various times and used for packaging and bottles. Due to its extensive application possibilities it is one of the most recycled plastics in the world, PET is used in the textile sector to manufacture garments, sports articles, suitcases, shoes, non-fabrics, packaging and lining for winter jackets, etc. Brazil produces more than 200.000 tons of PET plastic per year.

Society at large also gains from the use of PET. Recycling means that a variety of social projects can be carried out. The creation of cooperatives such as that of bottle collectors means significant reduction in rubbish that disappears into landfills. Furthermore, one should mention the social inclusion of innumerable families who have the opportunity to work new market niches. The Unnafibras Têxtil is one of 22 Brazilian companies that transform recycled PET into new products. Their production capacity is 3.000 ton per month of recycled PET fibbers that are used to manufacture automobile seats, pillows, mattresses, non-fabrics and synthetic leather, and exports to Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Mexico.

Brazilian fashion produces T-shirts and jeans made from recycled PET fibbers. Large companies like Rhodia-Ster, Santista Têxtil and Unnafibras Têxtil, as well as famous labels such as M.Officer, Mário Queiroz, Glória Coelho and Osklen have already introduced PET clothing in their collections. The Alya Eco fiber is an example of a project that works with PET fibbers developed by Rhodia-Ster.Large national brands have increased their use of organic cotton to produces all kinds of garments, from head to feet, i.e. Eco-bags to sports shoes. The latter is a hit in Europe, United States, Canada and Asia and all the raw material for the shoes is produced in Ceará. The origin of the product is highlighted in the promotional material which classifies the region “as one of the poorest and driest regions of Brazil”. The sport shoe has been created with three principles in mind: the use of ecological materials, using natural rubber and cotton bought by buyers who respect the dignity of the workers (fair-trade). The country also inspired the creation of Veja. One of its collections is based on the volleyball uniforms of the 70s. Pop aesthetics, street wear, and a line of baby clothes are also form part of the company’s range of clothing. In the virtual shop Adili specialized in ecological fashion a pair of shoes can cost up to £60 (almost R$ 200).The brand Amazon Life was one of the pioneers in promoting the sustainability and environmentally friendly products in Brazil (since the 80’s) and also uses Brazil as source for raw materials for its’ sustainable handbags, briefcases, rucksacks and headgear produced from latex collected by Amazon Indians and Rubber trappers. The brand which sells online to the whole world and in shops in the United States and Rio de Janeiro has this year gone into partnership with Tereza Santos to present the stylist’s summer collection of OEstudio and Rainha. Malharia Menegotti (Knitwear) who runs the labels Colcci and Sommer is one of the suppliers of 100% organic cotton to labels such as UMA of stylist Raquel Davidowicz. Osklen, Cantão and Redley are among the other brands that use the product.

The textile sector has increasingly been positioning itself in this new ‘Green Market’. The modernization and the increase in productivity has become a reality in all segments of the industry. Almost US$ 1 billion in investments a year are used to buy modern equipment. This as well as investments in buildings, capacity and research is proof of the constant expansion in quality. So too is the provision of higher level technical courses in design run by academic institutions and Brazilian and international companies to develop products using nano technology as well as products made from 100 polyester; the same material used in PET bottles. The companies of Fashion Brazil see that success today is synonymous with social responsibility and environmental policies. Some Brazilian labels are remarkable because of the initiatives they have taken in using recycled materials in their products. Among them: Osklen and Sementeira both from Rio de Janeiro.


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