In this blog article, I will explain to you why we value the fact that our outdoor blankets are made from recycled materials and how it all works: Even during the creative process, it was clear to us that we not only want to develop a functional and cool product, but also one that is as sustainable as possible. The three words "reduce, reuse & recycle" were always in the room and accompanied us at every step.
We live in a world where fast-moving goods have somehow become the norm. It sometimes seems completely normal to take clothing, electronic devices, toys or household goods with you “in passing” and then simply exchange them or throw them away. This mentality puts a strain on our planet and ultimately on ourselves.
For the production of our Eulalia outdoor blanket we use recycled polyester (rPET), which is mainly made from "sea plastic". Recycled polyester saves up to 45% energy in the manufacturing process and uses 59% fewer resources compared to pure polyester. It also means a 20% reduction in water consumption and 30% in CO2 emissions. The recycled fabrics we use for our blankets are primarily made from fished-out ocean plastic and old plastic bottles. With every Eulalia blanket and every pillowcase, we can make a small contribution to rid the oceans of plastic. The production of recycled polyester not only conserves resources, but also uses up to 45% less energy and 20% less water than pure polyester. In doing so, 30% less CO2 emissions are released.
BUT HOW DOES THAT WORK NOW? PLASTIC BOTTLES BECOMES OUTDOOR BLANKET?
Basically, old plastic (mostly PET bottles) is cleaned and shredded into polyester chips. By melting down the polyester chips, new, robust polyester threads can be spun. The polyester fabric is then woven from the newly obtained fibers. Before the Eulalia blankets can be made, the fabric goes to the printing and dyeing works. With the use of Teflon EcoElite finishing, a bio-based and non-fluorinated stain protection technology that repels water and water-based stains, we can once again reduce the CO2 balance of our outdoor blanket.
The recycling process and the production of the polyester fabric take place in China. In order to keep the ecological footprint as small as possible, the finished products are transported to Europe by train. Furthermore, the products are shipped by us with DHL gogreen.