Ever since Covid-19 has made its way into our everyday lives, we’ve noticed one peculiar trend. It’s got to do with enquiries from our existing and potential clients. They’re all interested in making clothes from recycled polyester. Seems the world is slowly taking a u-turn when it comes to its relationship with mother Earth. Wishful thinking or not, we’ll take it.
Recycled Polyester Fabric Caveat
Let’s make one thing clear. Polyester fabric, even made from recycled PET is still a pollutant. Mainly because of microplastics it creates. Unfortunately, the best fibre when it comes to moisture-wicking properties is still polyester. All major sportswear and gym wear brands are not going to stop using this unless a ban on PET fabrics suddenly becomes a reality. Either way, we’re seeing more and more of them looking to turn water bottles into running tees, which is a start. Also, there’s a way to reduce our microplastics contribution on an individual level. It’s got to do with what we do before and when we wash such clothes.
So what is the situation a clothing brand with an activewear clothing line finds itself in? It wants to know whether or not its supplier(s) “walks the talk” when it comes to using recycled materials for their fabrics. Pinky swear won’t do. You need rock-solid proof that your supplier actually uses recycled polyester yarn and will use it for your orders.
Now, how can you as a clothing brand know your supplier actually makes their garments from recycled materials?
- 1. Ideal suppliers would knit their own fabrics. That way, it’s easier to follow the production process.
- 2. The supplier must provide a GRS certificate for their yarns and fabrics.
- 3. The supplier should have dye sublimation printers and should use Oekotex-certified water-based inks.
- 4. And if you can visit the factory in person, even better. Not that it’s advisable at this point in time but once “the world restarts” it becomes an important factor.
It’s the ideal time you learn that FUSH ticks all these boxes.
We Knit Your Fabrics
We’ve got 8 circular knitting machines and a knitting expert carefully tending to them. We can supply you with ultra-light fabric for running wear, weighing around 50% less than an average running tee fabric.
We Are GRS Certified
All our recycled polyester yarns come with a GRS certificate. We get them from a Chinese supplier with whom we’ve got long and successful cooperation. So whenever you order a batch of recycled polyester clothes, you’re removing around 8 bottles of water from the South China sea with each garment.
We Offer Ecological Colouring Options and Oekotex-Certified Inks
We are one of the first companies that tested the Epson SureColor SC-F9400H dye sublimation printer and we only use their water-based inks, that are Oekotex-certified.
This method of printing is the perfect alternative to fabric dyeing, that consumes ridiculous amounts of water. The difference is stark – dyeing needs 200 l of water to dye one 1 kg of clothes. Dye sublimation needs 5 ml of water-based ink to colour 1 kg of clothes. And with this method, the colours won’t fade, regardless of the number of times the clothes get washed. We made tonnes of sportswear since 2005 and this is the colouring method we applied for the most part
FUSH Factory Tours
Once the travel bans and the situation surrounding the pandemic get more relaxed, you’d be able to visit our factories. We even have apartments at the factory grounds in Oraovica. That way, you can really immerse yourself into the production process and enjoy the lovely nature of South-Eastern Serbia.
All mentioned certificates are available upon request.