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O'Mara to introduce Eco-Fil - Genuine Recycled Polyester

May '07
Responding to growing consumer and industry demand for environmentally friendly textiles, O'Mara, Inc., a leading full-line producer of nylon and polyester yarns, has introduced Eco-Fil, the world's only filament polyester yarn made from 100% post-consumer plastic beverage containers. In addition to its unique position in the recycled products category, Eco-Fil's superior performance characteristics make it suitable for an exceptionally wide range of end-use applications.

Eco-Fil has been termed “greener than green” because the environmental benefits of its 100% post-consumer content are far greater than those of merely “recycled” products. Company President Tim O'Mara explained, “It's critical to realize the difference between post-consumer waste and other recycled materials. Eco-Fil is made exclusively from PET bottles that have actually been filled with beverages, depleted by the consumer, and reclaimed from the waste stream.”

Mr. O'Mara pointed out that many textile companies claiming to use 100% recycled components are actually including factory scraps, production line rejects and other materials salvaged or diverted from upstream “post-industrial waste”—which is normally reclaimed anyway. These textiles may contain only five- to ten-percent actual post-consumer waste, he said. He also cautioned that proportions of source materials in these yarns often vary, resulting in inconsistent quality and performance. “You never know what you're getting,” he warned.

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