One existing solution is bottle-to-textile recycling, where PET plastic water bottles are melted down into polyester fiber. This fiber doesn’t have existing end of life options, because the molecule degrades during melting and is mixed with other materials. Once it is in garment form, it doesn’t get recycled. This method gives PET just one extra life instead of many.
The other existing solution is mechanical garment-to-garment recycling, in which whole garments are ripped open back into fiber form. These processes can’t separate material blends, and they reduce the length of the resulting fibers, which then can’t be infinitely reused to make new garments.
Both of these methods are excellent steps for providing extra life to textiles, but they are not the final solutions.
Ambercycle technology regenerates material at the molecular level. This textile-to-textile process allows us to purify and collect polyester from textile ‘waste’, even blends. Garments produced from our materials can continuously be put back into the Ambercycle process at the end of their useful lives [which we hope will be very, very long].
This gives the polyester infinite new lives, unlocking true circularity.