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Apparel from PET Last month, Toray Industries, Inc. (Tokyo, Japan; www.toray.com) launched a new commercial brand of fibers, called &+, which are derived from used polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles. The company is aiming to leverage this brand to foster PET bottle recycling and to help materialize a closed-loop economy. Fashion items, sportswear, lifestyle wear, work uniforms and consumer goods are among the applications that have been effectively off-limits to plastic-bottle-derived fibers because of contaminants in the waste. Another issue has been that the plastic bottles yellow as they age, impairing efforts to create white fibers. Toray developed techniques to manufacture an array of high-value-added, exceptionally white plastic bottle-derived fibers that incorporate traceability technology. Together with Kyoei Industry Co., Toray developed contaminant-filtering technology and advanced cleaning techniques to stabilize the supply of raw materials that are impurity-free and no longer yellowish when used in textile and garments applications. Combining these materials with Toray’s fiber-production technology, it is possible to achieve diverse fabric applications and perfect dye-ability comparable to the fiber materials…
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