Uniqlo, the renowned Japanese fast fashion retailer, is set to make clothes from recycled plastic bottles.
The fashion retail giant is joining hands with Toray Industries to make this happen.
The fibres from recycling of used polyethylene terephthalate bottles have already been made available.
Used Ultra Light Down pieces will be collected by Uniqlo stores and will go through the extraction process run by Toray-developed system. The materials will then be cleansed for use in new down merchandise.
The collection programme started this month initially only in Japan.
Talking about the partnership, Tadashi Yanai, Founder and Chairman, Uniqlo, said “We will soon begin our new initiative with Toray that promotes the use of recycled materials. Through such an important partnership, we can continue to offer high-performance, high-quality and sustainable apparels to all customers across the globe.
More on this, Akihiro Nikkaku, President, Toray Industries, commented that the companies have challenged themselves to seek solutions for global social issues as they believe that ‘materials can change our lives’.
The sustainable apparels will be on sale in Singapore and other Asian countries in 2020.