Once you’ve gotten this far, you’re probably aware that our planet is endangered. You’ve seen plastic waste while walking in nature. You have seen pictures of animals suffering from human waste. The scale of plastic pollution is so large that even for a person who cares about the environment, it is difficult to imagine how serious the situation is. It is estimated that 381 million tonnes of plastic were produced in 2015. This equates to two-thirds the weight of all living people!
In just over a century, humanity has produced nearly 8 billion tons of plastic!
Even recently, when measures are taken to reduce pollution, only 19.5% of plastics are recycled, 25.5% are destroyed, and more than half (55%) are simply discarded. However, we are increasingly recycling and destroying plastics around the world, and we at Resume are committed to contributing to this development.
There are seven main types of plastic: PET, HDPE, PVC, LDPE, PP, PS, and others that fall into the “other” category. We recycle PET (polyethylene terephthalate) – the most commonly used plastic for making bottles and other containers in the developed world. For example, PET accounts for 96% of plastic bottles and containers in the United States, but even there, only 25% are recycled.
PET is a polymer – a macromolecule consisting of many repeating elements. As a polymer, PET has many qualities that contribute to its spread. PET is a physically durable, lightweight, wear-resistant material. In addition, PET is a chemically resistant polymer, which makes it suitable for liquid storage.
Like most plastic polymers, PET is made from oil in an environmentally polluting process. Comparing harmful emissions per kilogram of material, making glass is many times more environmentally friendly than making plastic. But on the other hand, less plastic is used to make the same size vessels, and accordingly PET production can pollute less than that of glass, considering only the manufacture of vessels without recycling them. However, emissions from PET generation are high and should be avoided and PET should be recycled.
Environmental issues do not just end with the production of PET. In 2016, the fabulous 500 billion PET plastic bottles were manufactured. Only half were recycled, and only 7% were used to make new bottles. The rest goes to the food chain, falling into birds, fish, and even humans.
The problem is serious and requires immediate action.
Making recycled PET fabric We have the golden opportunity to use existing materials instead of relying on new and inevitable polluting production. The good news is that PET can be recycled in many ways. At Resume, we recycle PET by making bottles of plastic. 1. Bottles are collected and delivered to a recycling center. 2. Bottles made of PET are separated, washed and sterilized. 3. Dry well and grind until small flakes. 4. The flakes are compressed to form plastic bales. 5. These bales are heated to melt and the liquid is poured into a machine where the hot plastic forms filaments that are stretched and wound around the mass. 6. The finished yarn is immersed in dyes before being used in an automated loom to make fabric. Finally, comfortable clothing is created from the fabric.
An example of such durable, beautiful and comfortable clothing is our T-shirts. In addition to developing the local economy by sewing in Bulgaria, we also support the fight against global plastic pollution. Each Resume T-shirt turns 8 bottles of plastic into a durable product.
The physical and chemical resistance of PET is characteristic of our T-shirts. But most importantly, we do not use new materials that are polluting the environment, but we recycle what we have created. Thus, we save 50% water and 100% oil for the production of a Resume T-shirt compared to, for example, a plain polyester T-shirt. We at Resume breathe new life into discarded materials.
That is why we are glad to offer our T-shirts in our online store.
We hope together with you to continue to take care of the environment in an elegant way!