November 14, 2013

Avantium's 100% biobased T-shirts from recycled PEF bottles

The first time I covered Avantium's PEF (polyethylene furanoate) resin, which is being offered as an alternative to PET (polyethylene terephthalate), one of the industry concerns about this new bio-based material is if it can fit into the existing PET bottle infrastructure including its recyclability.

This recent news from Avantium is proving that PEF bottles could also have similar end-of-life solutions as that of PET bottles.

Avantium announced today that it has demonstrated the recyclability of PEF bottles into PEF fibers, which were then processed into 100% bio-based T-shirts (I would love to get a sample of that shirt *wink* *wink*). The PEF T-shirts were made by the Institute of Textile Technology at RWTH Aachen University using conventional polyester processing technology and equipment.

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