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Fashion has a polyester problem

CNBC 06/21/2021

Some clothing manufacturers have begun using recycled bottles as a means to produce synthetic fabrics instead of using polyester. The environmental costs of polyester manufacturing are high as it requires large amounts of fuel and is damaging to the air and water. Roger Lee, CEO of TAL Apparel, said that recycled materials may displace polyester. “The cost of using that has come down to the same price as using virgin polyester. And that’s the key — if the price is the same … [it’s] a no-brainer. It saves environments [and has] the same commercial costs.”

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