What Is The Difference Between Recycled and Virgin Polyester Fabric?

If you ever think: I like the idea of choosing eco-friendly brands but I am not sure about the quality of recycled fiber, I have great news for you. There is no difference in quality, the recycled fibers are exactly the same as the virgin polyester but they are made out of post-consumer plastic bottles. 

Of course, it is a good idea to check if the company that you are buying from is transparent about their supply chain and where the fabric is made and how they acquire the post-consumer material. 

We believe in staying as local as possible when comes to production. One of the many reasons is that it is so much easier to verify the fiber production process and the quality and origin of the materials.

We use upcycled fabric that we make from REPREVE® polyester fibers combined with spandex. These recycled fibers are made in North Carolina and the quality is the same as that of virgin polyester and it has the same chemical structure. However, the production of REPREVE® reduces energy consumption by 45%, water consumption by 20% and the emission of greenhouse gas by over 30% in comparison to that of virgin polyester. The fibers are sent to a mill in Los Angeles where the fabric is made. 

REPREVE® polyester fibers are certified by third parties: