Recycled sportswear – from the bin to the gym!

A company is using plastic bottles, fishing nets, carpets and bamboo to create sustainable sportswear. GRN Sportswear uses some of the 14.5 billion plastic bottles thrown away in the UK each year […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

A company is using plastic bottles, fishing nets, carpets and bamboo to create sustainable sportswear.

GRN Sportswear uses some of the 14.5 billion plastic bottles thrown away in the UK each year to make a light, synthetic fabric for its sports clothing. Each tonne of bottles converted into vests, swimsuits and shorts saves 1.5 tonnes of CO2.

The company also uses Renew Prime Fabric (RPF) and Econyl. RPF is made entirely from a mix of recycled fishing nets, carpets, fabrics and other waste nylon, whereas Econyl is made from other waste fabrics and products that would otherwise be sent to landfill or incinerated.

It claims both fabrics look and perform just as well as regular nylon equipment.

For every tonne of Econyl used, more than a tonne of waste is kept from landfill, seven barrels of crude oil are saved and CO2 equivalent emissions are reduced by 4.2 tonnes.

According to GRN, every single plastic bottle recycled saves enough energy to power a 100 watt light bulb for an hour.