RECYCLED PET CHIPS
Saving the planet.
One pocket at a time.
Sustainability is a core value, guiding current and future product developments. Regarded as pioneers within our industry, our goal is to be 100% Sustainable by 2030.
All of our objectives today have a focus on upgrading our products, making them 100% sustainable with a circular approach where possible.
THE ENCORE COLLECTION:
ENCORE Products are divided into 4 categories:
ENCORE 1.0 – Recycled Polyester
ENCORE 1.5 – Recycled Polyester from the Ocean (REPREVE ® Our Ocean ™)
ENCORE 2.0 – Recycled Polyester + Organic Cotton.
ENCORE 3.0 – Recycled Polyester + Recycled Cotton.
Polyester is not currently economically biodegradable. Technological advancements continue in the research of natural methods of decomposition of man made fibers. We will continue to work within our supply chain to reuse and recycle polyester from post consumer waste. Plastic bottles are a leading source for recycled polyester. Sustainable sourcing is the first step of the Circular Economy.
OUR GLOBAL IMPACT
In 2019 we used 80.7 million plastic bottles.
(Approximately 3 bottles = 1 yd. of pocketing)
The 80.7 million bottles were turned into 26.9 million yards of pocketing.
107.6 million pairs of pants currently have our recycled ENCORE pocketing.
1 yard of pocketing, typically uses 3.5 litres of water during the standard finishing process. Traditionally, fabrics require finishing to ensure exacting shrinkage, pilling, tear strength and seam slippage standards are achieved.
Extensive research has enabled Copen United to develop its unique AQUAFREE Pocketing range; ensuring that all the demanding physical requirements of Denim pocketing are achieved, without using water during any of the production processes.
In conjunction with a leading global filament yarn producer, we have blended a new Polyester fiber with a high quality cotton. The resulting “Vigor Yarn”, ensures the 5 new AQUAFREE pocketing qualities achieve the same performance standards, or in some cases an improved performance, than their equivalent standard pocketing qualities.
We have partnered in a finishing mill using Air Flow Dyeing systems. Next is Aquafree Dyed to Match Pocketing.