Uniqlo to make clothes from recycled plastic
Uniqlo, the renowned Japanese fast fashion retailer, is set to
make clothes from recycled plastic bottles.
The fashion retail giant is joining hands with Toray Industries
to make this happen.
The fibres from recycling of used polyethylene terephthalate
bottles have already been made available.
Used Ultra Light Down pieces will be collected by Uniqlo stores
and will go through the extraction process run by
Toray-developed system. The materials will then be cleansed for
use in new down merchandise.
The collection programme started this month initially only in
Talking about the partnership, Tadashi
Yanai, Founder and Chairman, Uniqlo,
said “We will soon begin our new initiative with Toray that
promotes the use of recycled materials. Through such an
important partnership, we can continue to offer
high-performance, high-quality and sustainable apparels to all
customers across the globe.
More on this, Akihiro Nikkaku, President, Toray Industries,
commented that the companies have challenged themselves to seek
solutions for global social issues as they believe that
‘materials can change our lives’.
The sustainable apparels will be on sale in Singapore and other
Asian countries in 2020.