Clothing made from recycled bottles is actually creating more plastic waste, a pollution charity has found, as it labelled the practice “greenwashing”.
Polyester and other materials created from plastic bottles cannot be recycled and are ending up in landfill at the end of their life, campaigners City to Sea said.
Conversely, plastic bottles are some of the easiest items to recycle, and the material can be turned into new products several times.
“This process sets the plastic on a one-way path to incineration by turning a recyclable product into an unrecyclable one,” said Steve Hynd, the policy manager at City to Sea.
Just burn the stuff for the energy content after one use, seems simple enough. After all, the usual conclusion these days is we’ve too much oil because climate change.