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Protect others, protect the planet: Project Plan B's motto

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Aug '20
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Director Tim Cross of Project Plan B, a commitment to tackle textile environmental challenges, has long been a spokesperson on sustainable textiles solutions for workwear & PPE markets but C19 has amplified that passion. Cross is urging designers and product developers to think about products working life with the motto ‘protect others, protect the planet.’
 
“Nearly 90 per cent of UK workwear already ends up in landfill or incinerated every year, C19 has exacerbated that problem.” Cross said in a press release.
 
“Disposable PPE is adding to the industry wide problem of mass manufacture and waste, which is why we created the first fully recyclable face mask, made from recycled plastic currently being marketed by 1TCA. We completely understand that during a time of crisis we have to act quickly to protect lives. However, it is surely incumbent upon us as designers and product developers to think about the products’ end of working life,” Cross said.
 
“We believe every industry has the potential to reduce their impact on the environment the same environment issues of waste, resources, CO2 emissions and climate change remain, and are being intensified by the global pandemic. We want to be the catalyst for positive change in the textile industry and hope that other companies will follow to provide 100 per cent recycled ranges,” Cross added.
 
The Project Plan B journey started by providing a manufacturing solution to less flexible, larger corporations; pulling together resources and expertise from across the globe to deliver bespoke garments. They started by looking at using recycled fabrics, but quickly realised that this was not going to be enough if the garment just ends up in landfill after use.
 
Having researched possible recycling options for end of life, Project Plan B has realised the importance of keeping value in the chain. If value is constantly downcycled, it is less economical for businesses and more likely to end up as waste at some point down the line.
 
Drawing on their research and resources, Project Plan B created solutions which led to the first samples of 100 per cent recycled polyester polo shirts. Each garment carries the Project Plan B mark identifying them as designed to be recycled using their quality recycled threads. These garments can then be recycled back into a high-grade raw material suitable for carding, spinning and knitting or weaving into the fabric of new garments.
 
In this way, Project Plan B created a unique closed loop circular system through which materials can be used again and again whilst maintaining purity and value.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (JL)


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