LEFRIK Transparency Report 2020

The truth behind our barcode

RECYCLING POLYESTER

Polyester is a manmade fiber, synthesized from petrochemical products by a process called polymerization. With 49% of the global fiber production, polyester is the most widely used fiber in the apparel sector: more than 63,000 million tonnes of polyester fiber are produced annually. Production of polyester fabric involves significant quantities of chemicals, raw mate- rials and by-products that are toxic and can pollute water and air and cause health issues. Recycled polyester is promoted by Textile Exchange as a preferred fiber. It can be either mechanically or chemically recycled, with feeds- tock consisting post-consumer waste that can no longer be used for its intended purpose.

PET Bottle

Crash/Wash

RECYCLING PROCESS

At Lefrik we use recycled polyester which has been mechanically recycled.

Chips

After PET bottles are collected and transported to a recycling plant, the next step is sorting and washing them before they are further proces- sed. The goal of this step is to remove impuri- ties and everything that is not made from plastic (ie. labels). The cleaned plastic water bottle will go to an area of the recycling plant where it will be ground up into flakes. The flakes are dried, melted, and shreded into pellets which can be used for manufacturing new products. Pellets are melted again, passed through a spinneret, drawn into long fibers and spun into thread. The next step is to wind up this thread in spools and baled to be finally knitted into recycled polyester fabric. This recycled polyester fabric is dyed under the OEKO TEX 100 standard which guarantees that the article has no toxic chemical substances and coated with TPE to make the fabrics water-repellent.

Pellets

Recycled Fiber

Finally, the fabric is transported to our cut and sew supplier that will create our final backpack.

Fabric

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