In 2017, Textile Exchange’s Recycled Polyester (rPET) Round Table created an rPET Commitment to encourage brands and retailers to publicly commit to accelerating their use of recycled polyester by 25% by 2020. 59 renowned textile, apparel and retail companies—including major brands such as adidas, Dibella, Eileen Fisher, Gap Inc., H&M, IKEA, Lindex, MetaWear, Target and Timberland—committed to or are supporting an increase in their use of rPET by at least 25% by 2020.
We are delighted to report that the aggregate target was reached two years early, in 2018, when the combined rPET use of the commitment signatories grew by 36%.
Progress towards the commitment was tracked via participation in the Polyester module of Textile Exchange’s annual Corporate Fiber & Materials Benchmark. 2017 was used as the baseline, at which point participant rPET usage was 47,407 mt. A 25% increase by 2020 (which has already been exceeded) was set to provide the following benefits:
2,868,000,000 bottles diverted from landfill.
35,329,509 kg reduction in human toxicity.
1,849,464 MJ saved on primary energy demand.
122,823 kg reduced Co2.
The IKEA ambition is to not use any virgin oil based polyester in textiles by 2030. To commit to use 25% more rPET by 2020 is a natural step towards our ambition. We are committed to use resources with the utmost efficiency and turn waste into resources.Lena Julle, IKEA Category Area Manager, Textiles
The companies/organizations that participated in the commitment are listed below. They span the entire value chain, including brands, retailers, suppliers and associated industry organizations.
Applied DNA Sciences
Aventura Clothing/Sportif USA
Bluey Australia Pty Ltd.
EILEEN FISHER, Inc.
Esprit Europe Services GmbH
Haiyan Haili Green Fiber
Hussain Mills Limited
Japan Organic Cotton Association/JOCA
Nan Ya Plastics Corporation
Norrøna Sport AS
Orimpex Tekstil Ltd.Sti
Pettenati Centro America
Plastics For Change
Pratibha Syntex Pvt. Ltd.
Pre Organic Cotton Program (ITOCHU/ KURKKU)
Recyctex Co., Ltd.
Sustainable Furnishings Council
Taylor Home & Fashions Limited
Toad & Company
Under the Canopy
The rPET Round Table seeks to identify and support more sustainable practices under Sustainable Development Goal 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), which encourages industries, businesses and consumers to recycle and reduce waste. The ultimate goal is to substantially increase the global availability of rPET and drive rPET production efficiencies, ultimately making it more accessible to all.
We’re excited to increase not only the amount of recycled polyester we source, but also the depth of our engagement within the rPET supply chain. We believe rPET can go beyond environmental impact to have social benefits for vulnerable populations. We’re especially excited to scale the effort through our partnership with Thread, a B Corporation that transforms trash from the developing world into recycled polyester, strategically creating transparent and dignified supply chains in Haiti, Honduras and Taiwan.
Zachary Angelini, Timberland’s Environmental Stewardship Manager