Recycled polyester, also known as rPET is made from post consumer waste - like plastic bottles. Instead of creating new polyester or PET (polyethylene terephthalate), which requires crude oil and natural gas to be extracted from the earth - rPET production skips the extraction phase and is made from existing PET products.
In fact, 70% less energy is needed to produce rPET and 54% fewer CO2 emissions are generated during its production compared to virgin polyester.
PET is highly recyclable - but the process is complicated by the sorting and cleaning of our waste. So, for companies to take on this challenge there needs to be an incentive.
So instead of seeing plastic clogging up waterways, damaging ecosystems and changing our environment, at Teddy Locks we want to see it being reused. So, it's out with the recyc-old and in with the new.
Like PET, virgin nylon starts out as petroleum and can be recycled. This means that old fishing nets, carpets, tights, and manufacturing waste can be turned back in to new nylon yarn.
This process of recycling existing nylon is more energy efficient than producing virgin nylon. It requires less water, lower temperatures and less fossil fuel to produce.
So, it's incorporation in our products ensures less raw material is sourced, more waste is diverted from landfill and fewer emissions are released in to the atmosphere.
Recycled cotton can be produced from old textiles or manufacturing waste. But its production is currently limited. This is because of the challenges in separating out the cotton fibers from garment waste and the reduction in the staple fiber length during processing.
But using recycled cotton reduces the amount of pressure put on the environment. It eliminates the need for fertilizers and pesticides, prevents soil degradation and reduces the amount of water needed by 765,000 liters per ton of recycled cotton produced.
At Teddy Locks we are working to incorporate recycled cotton in to our socks. Currently you can find it in our range of long sleeve t-shirts.
Tencel is made from the pulp of eucalyptus trees. It is harvested from sustainably managed forests and does not require the trees to be felled. Instead new pulp is generated by the plant over and over again. In order to turn the pulp in to fiber it is dissolved in a non-toxic organic solvent. 99% of this solvent is recovered and reused, forming a completely closed loop process.
Conventional cotton is one of the most widely grown crops in the world, but it is also one of the most chemically intensive. Growing cotton organically however means there are no toxic or persistent pesticides and synthetic fertilizers used. This is beneficial to the soil, the crops, insects and the farmers. It also requires 71% less water and 62% less energy, which means it has a much lower environmental footprint.
Organic cotton is currently being grown in the USA, as well as Turkey, India and China. But despite the benefits, the transition from changing crops from conventional to organic cotton can be challenging. Which is why only 1% of the 26 million metric tonnes of cotton produced globally is organic.
You can find organic cotton in our short sleeve t-shirts. Produced domestically, here in the USA, we are ensuring the lowest possible footprint of the cotton we use.
Lycra is the world’s best-known elastane fiber brand. It is a synthetic fiber used for its elastic properties. Rubber is the natural alternative to elastane but because it degrades rubber products are not as long lasting.
A reliable natural or recycled alternative is not currently available. So to ensure garment longevity we are using Lycra.
To reduce our 'new synthetic' footprint we are using Lycra; which is produced in the USA, instead of sourcing overseas elastane. And have perfectly engineered our blends to allow for a low percentage of Lycra, whilst not sacrificing fit or performance.