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A Company That Turns Plastic Bottles Into Clothes

Oct 30, 2013 in News

That plastic bottle you just tossed into the recycling bin could end up in your closet. Think of it as locavore recycling. Virginia-based apparel outfit Renew Merchandise contracts with recycling plants to process their big clients’ bottles into flakes or pellets of plastic resin.

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Start-up Manufacturing Company Partners With Historic America’s Cup

Sep 16, 2013 in News

It's anyone's guess if as a kid he ever dressed up as a plastic bottle for Halloween, but President of Renew Merchandise J.T. Marburger now aspires to show the world how recycled polyester contents of a plastic bottle can be turned into useful products.

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An American Original

Mar 11, 2013 in News

Sports business Renaissance man Harvey Schiller has built a unique and amazing career by asking the question, 'What is next?'

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Plastic water bottle recycling rate jumps almost 20%

Feb 21, 2013 in News

The recycling rate of single-serve PET water bottles jumped 19.7% in just one year, the International Bottled Water Association reported this afternoon.Citing new data from the National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR), the association reported that 38.6% of plastic water bottles were recycled in the United States in 2011 — an almost 20% percent jump from the 2010 rate of 32.25% and more than double the plastic water bottle recycling rate of seven years ago. NAPCOR data shows that 500 million pounds of plastic water...

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America’s Beverage Industry Recycling Programs

Nov 19, 2012 in News

This year, the American Beverage Association is honoring America Recycles Day by supporting a pilot project called “Recycle on the Go” in Palm Beach County, Florida, to increase the amount of recycled cans and bottles and decrease the amount of personal waste.

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Green is the New Black

Oct 24, 2012 in News

For many American “fashionistas,” wearing plastic water bottles, yogurt cups, and butter tubs does not necessarily scream “cutting edge fashion.” But for some apparel companies committed to saving the environment, these items represent the future in eco-friendly fashion. Eco-fi, Patagonia and REKIXX are only a few out of the increasing number of green clothing companies setting out to make a difference by incorporating recycled and recyclable materials into their merchandise. The Green Business Bureau describes water bottles and other...

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Levi’s Denim Made With 3.5 Million Recycled Bottles

Oct 24, 2012 in News

Levi’s has introduced a new denim collection made from recycled plastic bottles and food trays. In what the jeans brand calls the next chapter in its sustainable design initiative, each WasteLess product will include a minimum of 20 percent post-consumer recycled content, or, on average, eight 12- to 20-ounce bottles per jean. The WasteLess products will be available for both men and women as part of the Levi’s Spring 2013 collection, and will utilize more than 3.5 million recycled bottles. Through the company’s partners, PET plastic —...

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Record PET Recycling in 2011

Oct 15, 2012 in News

The total volume of post-consumer PET bottles collected amounted to 1,604 million pounds; the total amount of recycled PET produced by U.S. reclaimers was 667 million pounds. These and other findings are contained in the “2011 Report on Postconsumer PET Container Recycling Activity.”

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Increase in Recycling PET Bottles

Oct 8, 2012 in News

According to Plastics SA’s third annual survey of the plastics recycling industry in South Africa, the recycling of plastics has shown a year-on-year increase in the total tonnage being converted since the 2009 survey. In 2011 South Africa had 196 plastic recyclers who collectively recycled 245 696 tons of plastics. This is 1.6 percent more than in 2010, whereas the virgin consumption decreased by 3 percent in the same period, from 1340 to 1300 thousand tons,” said Plastics SA’s executive director, Anton Hanekom. A large...

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Coca-Cola to Invest in PET Recycling Plant

Oct 8, 2012 in News

Coca-Cola Enterprises, which produces, markets and distributes Coca-Cola products in Western Europe, is investing 6.5 million euros ($8.4 million) in a PET recycling facility and introducing research aimed at influencing consumer recycling behavior. CCE is establishing a new joint venture in France with PET recycler APPE to boost the capacity of its plastics reprocessing facility by 70 percent. The venture will invest in a new line at APPE’s existing recycling facility in Beaune, France and fund the trial and introduction of new technology....

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