PLASTICS | part 2
Following on from our PLASTICS part 1 blog….
There is no doubt about the wonders of plastic / polyester but the impact of this material on the environment stares us in the face on a daily basis. David Attenborough highlighted many issues facing the world in his “Blue Planet” series, and many more celebrities are using their status and position to highlight these important issues to raise awareness and determine action.
Significant environmental impacts can occur at every stage of the product lifecycle, regardless of the material type (natural, man-made or synthetic). The environmental impact of a product is determined by the material composition (renewable or non-renewable materials), the quantity and type of chemicals, energy and water during production, if the material is biodegradable or recyclable, and the manufacturer; efficiency of machinery and the manufacturer’s environmental procedures. We have a responsibility to protect our resources and develop more fabric product that is made using recyclable materials. [source: www.instyle.com.au]
This is happening more and more in the Hospitality and Leisure industry and indeed the AKARYN Hotel Group has pledged to go completely single use fabric free by 2019 across the entire hotel group. [source: www.boutiquehotelnews.com/home/news]
Eco-led efforts across the group will include sourcing glass bottles and removing all single-use plastic from the bars. Branded water bottles are handed to guests on arrival, which can be refilled anytime during their stay at the self-service water stations located on every floor.
Organisations are going one step further and holding “Train & Sustain” bootcamps; and one hotel, Akyra Beach Club Phuket, a contemporary waterfront resort overlooking the Andaman Sea is doing just that. The three-day health and sustainability boot camp combines group activities to support the local environment such as cleaning local beaches of rubbish and educating children on the consequences of using plastic, with yoga, fitness classes and spa treatments – reinforcing the hotel group’s key commitments to responsible tourism and wellbeing. [source: www.boutiquehotelnews.com/home/news]
So, faced with the challenges of being resourceful in our production of plastic and subsequently polyester fabrics, there is no doubt we will continue to find a way to recycle polyester and at the same time develop amazing fabrics! Let’s keep recycling!