Recycled polyester

Choosing recycled materials where we can is part of our DNA at Kathmandu. In 2019 alone, we recycled 9.3 million plastic bottles into our gear.

In the early 2000s, global demand for polyester outstripped cotton to become the most in-demand fibre in the world. Today, there is twice as much demand for polyester compared with cotton.

With limited fossil fuels available to feed this demand — and an ever-growing mountain of post-consumer plastic waste — recycling is the obvious answer.

Global fibre demand for cotton and polyester 1980 - 2030Global fibre demand for cotton and polyester 1980 - 2030
Global fibre demand for cotton and polyester 1980 - 2030

Balancing the demand

Polyester is our number one fibre in terms of use. Shifting from virgin to recycled polyester is an important part of our pursuit of sustainable materials.

REPREVE® is a recycled polyester that not only meets demand, it also works towards a solution.

Polyethylene terephthalate plastic (PET) is the same material as polyester. Unifi, the makers of Repreve, use a process which turn plastic bottle flakes into workable fibres:

We know there’s more to do when it comes to recycled polyester. But it’s another step in the right direction to make our products as sustainable as possible.

Want to know more? Help keep our waterways, oceans and our food systems free from the unseen plastic pollution problem: microfibres. 

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