How can I know your fabrics are truly sustainable?

Our production is handled and overseen by Waste2Wear. They have multiple procedures and checks in place to ensure the environmental impact is as small as possible and that people are paid and treated fairly. To make absolutely sure, we have not one but many certificates and qualifications validated by several organizations that prove that we do as we say.

What else does your company do about sustainability?

The best example: we have just moved to a bigger, but much more environmentally friendly facility. There we have taken all kinds of measures to ensure a much lower energy use and make working there as safe and easy as possible for our people.

What about social compliance?

Our certificates do not only apply to sustainability, but also monitor the working conditions. Such as BSCI and GRS. Visit our product page for more info.

What about the rest of your products?

We’re going to be honest here; until a few years ago, finding sustainable fabrics for upholstery was near impossible. Now that more and more parties in the supply chain are stepping up, we are actively seeking more opportunities to replace conventional fabrics for those with smaller footprints.

Vision and goals

We have only just started our journey towards sustainability and circularity. We’re far from perfect yet, but we are working to improve everyday so that we can contribute to a sustainable and circular economy. Want to follow us on our journey? Subscribe to our newsletter.

Why are you doing this?

We look at the long term. We realized nothing’s going to change unless more people have access to sustainable upholstery. We like no other have always focussed on fabrics that are affordable for the average wallet. So we rose to the challenge.

What kind of certificates does Woven Bottles come with?

All parts of the production process are tested regularly. Our certifications cover everything from the collection of source materials to the fair treatment of personnel. You’ll find all certificates and qualifications on the product page.

Where is Woven Bottles made?

Most of the production takes place in China. To ensure proper treatment of people, we have several institutions oversee and check the plants and locations regularly. On top of that, we make regular visits to these plants.

What about the transport?

Our fabrics travel to the Netherlands by boat, not by plane. For now it’s not possible to produce these products for a comparable price and or quality closer to our facilities. As a part of all our activities, the impact of transport is minimal.

So the fabric is sustainable. But what about the rest of my furniture?

Woven Bottles’ claims only relate to the upholstery fabrics. We hope to inspire our partners and other suppliers to make similar steps towards sustainability.

Does Woven Bottles fit into a circular economy?

We dare to dream with a full circular economy as an ultimate goal. We chose 100% polyester as the base for our fabrics. Contrary to all sorts of blends, 100% polyester can be reused relatively easy. It does not make all of your sofa or bed recyclable. For that to become reality, we as an industry have much to do. We will do our part by starting to convince our partners to join us in our mission. Together we can make a difference.

And the packaging

After the launch of this upholstery, one of the issues we want to address next is our packaging. Stay tuned to follow us on our journey. Subscribe to our newsletter.

Why does it matter?

We believe that waste is only waste when we don’t do anything with it. Everyday millions of plastic bottles are being thrown away, meanwhile those bottles can actually be a viable, eco-friendly and sustainable resource! We are exhausting and polluting our planet, and that is exactly why we need to be more responsible and take care of our home. We need to rethink how we use our valuable resources.

What is RPET?

R-PET stands for Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate, also known as Recycled PET. R-PET is also called Recycled Polyester and it’s made from recycled plastic (PET) bottles.

Recycled Polyester vs Virgin Polyester?

Recycled Polyester (R-PET) is environmentally friendly, cost-effective and safe; the regenerated polyester fibre is made from recycled plastic bottles and performs as well as regular virgin polyester. Here are some facts about RPET: R-PET requires 86% less water than regular polyester. RPET consumes 70% less energy than regular polyester. The CO2 emissions of R-PET are 75% lower. 1 kg of RPET can keep 60 water bottles out of environment. Using RPET helps us to not only keep plastic out of the landfills and oceans, but also to save our natural resources. Using RPET helps us to not only keep plastic out of the landfills and oceans, but also to save our natural resources.

How can you verify the authenticity of Waste2Wear fabrics?

All Waste2Wear® products are traceable and certifiably sustainable. The RPET yarns that we use are certified by Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) for recycled content claim. SCS is a leading third-party certifier and standards developer of environmental and sustainability claims. SCS will trace the unique fiber structure of Waste2Wear® products and verify if it is truly recycled fabric before granting it special certification. For more information please visit: https://www.waste2wear.com/compliance

How does Waste2Wear handle micro-fibre shedding?

Microplastic and Microfiber pollution in the water supply is a growing concern, especially in the textile and apparel industries. Ongoing research and improvement Waste2Wear is very committed to the constant improvement of its current technology by working together with different universities in China and Holland as well as research institutes like the Narwhal Ocean Center, to reduce micro-plastics into the ocean. The first step has been establishing a set of best practices to reduce micro-fibers, such as the utilization of highly-twisted yarns and avoiding the use of fleeces in products that have to be washed often. Micro-fibre Shedding in R-PET vs Virgin Polyester R-PET also presents advantages over regular polyester in terms of micro-fiber shedding. The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (MISTRA) published a report in 2017 showing their findings after conducting several experiments to compare micro-fiber shedding on R-PET vs. regular polyester. To the surprise of the researchers, R-PET showed 55% less micro-fiber shedding than regular polyester. This research is still in process in order to establish specific elements of causation, however the initial results are very positive for recycled polyester. There is a long journey ahead to tackle the micro-fibber problem, but Waste2Wear is committed to improve this together with our partners and customers. A good example is the "Waste2Wear | Ocean Plastic Project" which aims to develop supply chains based on Ocean Waste and to conduct upstream research to identify pollution sources in order to support the advance of new industry standards and regulatory policies.

How does it work?

A flotation and separation process removes the caps and labels from the bottles, as they are made of plastics with different characteristics. Plastic bottles are then processed into flakes. After being washed the flakes are melted. Yarns are pulled from the melted polyester. The result is a clean, valuable, and recycled raw material perfect for the textile industry. The raw filament yarns are spun into yarn and ultimately woven into variety of different fabrics. In Waste2Wear® we not only create products made from 100% recycled polyester, but we also use it in combination with other equally sensible materials (such as eco-friendly cotton, organic cotton, wool or viscose) in order to create a wide range of sustainable fabric options. All of our products are eco-friendly!

Why RPET and not other sustainable fabrics? Why not cotton?

Current worldwide demand for textile fibers is over 100 million tonnes per per year and synthetic fabrics account for more than 50% of this consumption. Trying to replace synthetic fibers with cotton would have an immense environmental impact. Natural fibers like cotton, when compared with synthetic fibers, present advantages in terms of waste production due to the biodegradability of both their discarded textiles and their micro-fibers. However, cotton has a very intensive resource consumption, mainly in terms of water and land degradation, due to the use of insecticides and herbicides. The cultivation and production of 1 kg of cotton requires in average 20,000 liters of water and some experts indicate that cotton is the largest user of water among all the agricultural commodities. RPET fabric has a 50% lower carbon footprint than the organic cotton. Furthermore, compared with other synthetic fibres, RPET polyester fabric has almost a 90% lower carbon footprint than nylon, and 75% lower than polyester!

Is it safe?

Recycled Polyester (R-PET) is environmentally friendly, cost-effective and safe; the regenerated polyester fibre is made from recycled plastic bottles and performs as well as regular virgin polyester. Here are some facts about RPET: R-PET requires 86% less water than regular polyester. RPET consumes 70% less energy than regular polyester. The CO2 emissions of R-PET are 75% lower. 1 kg of RPET can keep 60 water bottles out of environment. Using RPET helps us to not only keep plastic out of the landfills and oceans, but also to save our natural resources. Waste2Wear garments are produced with the highest degree of care for health and safety. Our products are tested and certified by worldwide industry leaders in quality testing including: Intertek (a worldwide industry leader in third party quality testing) OEKO-Tex® Standard 100 GRS (Global Recycled Standards) BSCI (certifies social & ethical working conditions in our factories) Intertek (a worldwide industry leader in third party quality testing OEKO-Tex® Standard 100 GRS (Global Recycled Standards BSCI (certifies social & ethical working conditions in our factories)

How much can we save?

Almost every product has a manufacturing process that consumes energy and water, and produces carbon dioxide emissions and as such has an environmental impact. Using R-PET instead of regular polyester we save: • 70% less Energy • 86% less Water • 75% less CO2 In order to reduce the waste, we all have to make responsible decisions about which materials to use. For example, if we use five pounds of RPET yarn to make Waste2Wear® fabric we can: • Save one full gallon of gasoline • Save enough water to provide drinking water to one person for five days! • Save the amount of greenhouse gas emitted while driving a hybrid car for almost 15 miles We should reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible!

How is the quality of the dying process of Rpet controlled?

RPET behaves somewhat more erratic than regular polyester, so it takes more time and effort to create to the right color recipe due to the irregular clearness of the raw material. Although the final product would have the same colors, the process to achieve such result is very complicated. Many years of trial and error have given Waste2Wear the experience to master the dying of R-PET fabrics. Besides the use of the REACH standard, Waste2Wear monitors the water treatment compliance and water recycling of the dying mills. When possible we use digital printing or sublimation to reduce water consumption.

What do I do with stains?

First remove the solid parts of the stain as much and as quickly as possible with a spoon. Immediately wet a towel with lukewarm water, wring it out and place it on the stain. Leave it there for a while so that the towel can absorb the stain. Do not rub! If the towel is saturated, replace it with a new one until there are no traces of the stain on the towel. When it comes to specific stains, it is best to consult a specialist. We recommend that you try each cleaning method in a place that is out of sight.

Does sunlight affect my fabric?

Ensure that the furniture / fabric is never in direct sunlight, due to discoloration.

I've got a loose thread, what to do?

If loops or loose threads have entered the fabric, insert it back into the fabric with a fine but blunt object.It must not be pulled or cut under any circumstances.

Can I vacuum my furniture?

When vacuuming, do not use a hard floor brush, but a special furniture nozzle in combination with a low suction power and always rub with the whip (pole). Vacuum clean with a policy to minimize roughening of the fabric.

Other tips and tricks?

Avoid sharp-edged toys, buckles, jewelry and pets, as these can damage the fibers of the fabric. Jeans can give off color on light (white, ecru etc.) and middle (beige, sand etc.) colors.

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