The choice of textile material for Wrag Wraps was crucial in providing a more viable and sustainable alternative to wrapping paper. Our fabric needed to fulfil the conditions of being produced sustainably and ethically, and printed with minimal environmental impact. As a responsible manufacturer, we will constantly re-evaluate this material choice to ensure Wrag Wraps only ever become more sustainable.
Wrag Wraps are made from a mixture of 45% RPET (re-cycled plastic bottles) and 55% polyester, with an ambition of moving towards using 100% re-cycled content in the future as supply becomes more widespread.
In order to guarantee 100% recycled content in our RPET yarn, all Wrag Wraps are made from a brand of RPET called Repreve®
Here are a few words from Dr Kate Fletcher, the sustainable textile consultant we worked with:
Converting fibres to fabric and into textile products ranging from clothes to carpets and including wrapping fabric requires energy, water, chemicals and land. It also releases waste and emissions to the environment, most significantly for the textile sector, to water.
Recycled polyester works to reduce these impacts, cutting back energy and chemicals consumption compared to conventional polyester and drawing up significantly less water and land than natural fibres like cotton. Not only that but because it is made from recycled material, it is finding a high value end use for waste, meaning that less polyester material is dumped in landfill.
Repreve from Unifi is a great material choice for reducing the impact on water, climate and levels of chemicals in our environment.
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Why not cotton? Current worldwide demand for textile fibres of over 70 million tonnes per annum cannot be met by natural fibres alone. Furthermore, RPET polyester fabric has a 50% lower carbon footprint than organic cotton.
Of the synthetic fibres, RPET polyester fabric has almost a 90% lower carbon footprint than nylon.
RPET polyester fabric has a 75% lower carbon footprint than polyester.
PET stands for polyethylene terephthalate and is also known as polyester. Recycled polyester, recycled PET or RPET are all considered synonyms for the same material. RPET is made from used plastic bottles which have been collected, cleaned, smashed, melted, polymerized and finally spun into yarn.
We have researched these statistics carefully and keep a close eye on developments - but we recognise that this is a fast moving area, and the facts may change. Please do let us know if you have any updates on this page or feel that there are omissions.