Carvico, a leading Italian warp knit and circular knit technology has pioneered the latest environmentally sustainable fabric called Melville with REPREVE, a 100% recycled polyester yarn derived from PET bottles.
Wastes which make it into fashion, plastic which is turned into fabrics, pollution which brings about new opportunities- this is how Melville, a new recycled fabric made by Carvico from plastic bottles, has been engineered, the company said in a press statement.
Eco-sustainable and innovative, Melville is officially the first recycled P.B.T (polybutylene terephthalate) fabric.
Such process is aimed at giving a second life to plastic bottles – recovered PET containers are washed, grinded into fragments which are then melted and transformed into chips which are melt again and converted into REPREVE yarn to be used by Carvico to produce Melville.
Made from 100% polyester, the new fabric boasts 45% polyester from PBT and 55% REPREVE recycled polyester, a sustainable fiber made from post-consumer plastic originally employed in the food industry (PET), patented by Unifi, a company operating in the textile market featuring a modern production plant which processes about 250,000 used bottles every hour, Carvico explains.
According to the company, designed for training and competition swimwear, Melville can enhance PET techno-features, perfectly blending comfort and durability, with the added value of a green, sustainable soul.
Compact and breathable, Melville is highly UV protective, resistant to sweat and suntan creams and, especially, chlorine proof, thus it can be used for competition swimwear.