“…one metre of Encore uses the equivalent of four plastic bottles”#
Due to consumer demands for products that offer sustainable environmental choices Encore fabrics have been developed in conjunction with leading yarn suppliers. The recycling of solid polyester waste products prevents their disposal to land fill.
The minimum requirement for any new fabric to be endorsed as an Encore product is for no less than 40% of recycled polyester to be incorporated in the fabric weight per lineal metre. Encore fabrics will vary in weight per lineal metre, depending on each design, but are guaranteed that each metre of fabric will use the equivalent of no less than four 750ml plastic bottles each weighing 30gms.
Recycling Saves Energy
Recycling offers significant energy savings over manufacturing with virgin materials. 1kg of recycled yarn used in Encore fabrics conserves approximately 100,000 British Thermal Units of energy, equivalent to 2 litres of fuel. Producing new plastic from recycled material uses only two-thirds of the energy required to manufacture plastic from materials. The energy saved by recycling one plastic drink bottle could power a computer for 25 minutes.
The average consumer discards 3kgs of household waste each day. A high proportion of this waste goes into landfills or oceans. The North Pacific Ocean Gyre is filled with an estimated 4,000,000 tons of plastic. "The equivalent area to the size of Texas, this Gyre has also been dubbed the trash vortex". The average plastic bottle takes approximately 450 - 1000 years to fully biodegrade. Recycling requires far less energy, uses fewer natural resources, and reduces the quantity of waste disposal in landfills and oceans.
Helps Reduce Green House Gases
In the year 2000, recycling of solid waste prevented the release of 32.9 million metric tonnes of carbon equivalent, greenhouse gases into the air.
Consumer demand for recycled products helps our environment by encouraging manufacturers to specify and use recycled materials. Warwick Fabrics is committed to the responsible development of textile products in keeping with consumer demand and preferred choices.
*Encore fabrics use polyester yarns that are produced from both post-consumer and post-industrial recycled yarn sources.
#750ml plastic bottle weighing 30 grams.
Estimated Australian equivalents based on US data sources