• A flotation and separation process separates the different types of plastics and in the case of bottles removes the caps and labels from the bottles, as they are made of plastics with different characteristics.
• The selected Polyethylene Terephthalate materials are then processed into flakes.
• After being washed the flakes are melted.
• Yarns are pulled from the melted polyester.
• The result is a clean, valuable, and recycled raw material perfect for the textile fabric production.
• The raw filament yarns are spun into yarn and ultimately woven into variety of different Oceanbalance fabrics.
Almost every product has a manufacturing process that consumes energy and water, and produces carbon dioxide emissions and as such has an environmental impact.
• Save 3.785 litres of oil based products.
• Save enough water to provide drinking water to one person for five days.
• Save the amount of greenhouse gas emitted while driving a hybrid car for almost 25 Klm.
At Oceanbalance we not only create products made from 100% recycled polyesters, but we also use it in combination with other equally materials such as Recycled Elastane in order to create a wide range of sustainable performance fabric options.
Oceanbalance Recycled Polyesters are environmentally friendly, cost-effective and safe; the regenerated polyester fibre is made from recycled Ocean waste plastics and post consumer plastic bottles and performs as well as regular virgin polyester.
Here are some important facts about Oceanbalance fabrics:
• Oceanbalance recycling process requires 86% less water than manufacturing regular polyester.
• Making Oceanbalance fabrics consumes 70% less energy than regular polyester.
• The CO2 emissions in creating Oceanbalance fabrics are 75% lower.
• 1 kg of Oceanbalance fabric can keep the equivalent of 60 water bottles out of environment.
• Using Oceanbalance fabrics helps us to not only keep plastic out of the landfills and oceans, but also to save our natural resources.
• An average Rash guard or long-sleeved technical tee made from Oceanbalance uses the equivalent of 13 x 2 liter PET bottles.
All of the products are certified for safety and quality. Through third-party testing, all our fabrics are certified to The Global Recycling Standard
And in addition we test and make sure that there are no harmful substances including:
• No Formaldehyde
• No Phenols
• No Heavy Metals
• No VOC
We also use special eco-friendly treatments for breathability, UV protection and easy care.
Our ECO commitment
Recover nylon ghost fishing nets and post-consumer plastic waste from our waterways and Oceans
Greatly reduce the amount of carbon that is used in the production processes
Work with Organisations, Sports Associations & Federations, Universities and Schools in helping educate on the ways we can lead to more sustainable and environmentally friendly lifestyles
The latest studies show catastrophic levels of pollution from plastic into the oceans. Globally we are producing nearly 300 million tons of plastic waste a year.
Sustainable clothing refers to fabrics derived from eco-friendly resources, such as sustainably grown fiber crops or recycled materials. It also refers to how these fabrics are made. Being environmentally conscious with a prominent trend towards sustainability and being 'green', sustainable clothing has expanded towards reducing the amount of clothing discarded to landfills, and decreasing the environmental impact of agro-chemicals in producing conventional fiber crops (e.g. cotton).
The "three pillars" of sustainability bounded by the environment
Under the accordance of sustainability, recycled clothing upholds the principle of the "Three R's of the Environment": Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle, as well as the "Three Legs of Sustainability": Economics, Ecology, and Social Equity.
Through the utilization of recycled material for the manufacturing of clothing, this provides an additional realm of economic world profit. Sustainable Clothing provides a new market for additional job opportunities, continuous net flow of money in the economy, and the reduction of raw materials and virgin resources. Source reduction or reducing the use of raw materials and virgin resources can ultimately reduce carbon emissions during the manufacturing process as well as the resources and carbon emissions that are related to the transportation process. This also prevents the unsustainable usage of extracting materials from the Earth by making use of what has already been used (i.e. recycling).
Our focus is to aid in the cleaning of our Oceans by working with like-minded partners and organisations and to work in the reduction in the amount of used consumer plastics getting into our waterways, lakes, and rivers and reaching our seas. Using recovery processes that ensure responsible collection and much lower energy consumption and a reduced carbon footprint compared with producing new or virgin fabrics, our objective is to create quality products that work at the heart of the growing plastic waste problem and are kind to our planet.
Our finished fabrics are developed for tough, demanding and competitive sports environments and are used by amateurs and professionals alike around the World. The Brands, Universities, Schools, Sports bodies & Associations that select and use Oceanbalance fabrics are all united in having the best products available in the market to compete in and in having a positive and sustainable effect on our environment.
How you can help
Reduce Your Use of Single-Use Plastics
Avoid Products Containing Microbeads
Buy in bulk
Learn to say NO to straws
Reuse glass containers
Skip the frozen foods section
Bring your own container
Support Organizations Addressing Plastic Pollution
Support a bag tax or ban
If you require more information on fabric technical side, please get in touch with our Technology Department