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The Process Unveiled: How Plastic Bottles Become rPET Fabric



Have you ever wondered how your plastic bottle could be transformed into a fashionable accessory like a handbag? The answer lies in rPET fabric, a sustainable material made from recycled plastic bottles. Let's unveil the process.

Step 1: Collection and Sorting

The journey of a plastic bottle to rPET fabric begins with the collection. After consumers discard plastic bottles, they are collected, sorted by type and color, and then cleaned to remove any impurities.

Step 2: Crushing and Shredding

Once sorted and cleaned, the plastic bottles are crushed and shredded into small pieces known as flakes. These flakes are then washed again to ensure they are entirely free of contaminants.

Step 3: Melting and Extrusion

The clean flakes are melted and extruded to create long, thin strands of plastic. These strands are then cooled and cut into small pellets, ready for the next stage.

Step 4: Spinning into Yarn

The pellets are heated and passed through a spinneret, a device with multiple tiny holes, to form threads. These threads are then spun into yarn, which is used to weave or knit rPET fabric.

Step 5: Fabric Creation

Finally, the yarn is woven or knitted into rPET fabric. The fabric can then be dyed and finished, ready to be used in the production of various fashion products.

The journey of a plastic bottle to rPET fabric is a testament to the power of recycling. It's an innovative process that turns waste into a valuable resource, contributing to a more sustainable fashion industry.

At Yick Fung, we're proud to incorporate rPET fabric into our handbag manufacturing process. To learn more about our commitment to sustainable fashion, contact us at enquiry@yickfung.com.

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