First, this only applies to fabric that is made of post-consumer recycled content. See here for the differences between post and pre consumer reycled content. Once a product has served its purpose and is recycled it is considered post-consumer content. Like park benches made from milk jugs or in this case, bottles into textiles. 53% of our products are made from 100% recycled material, and are also recycleable at the end of their useful life. 86% of our products contain recycled content in some form or another.
The first step in the process is to collect the bottles that will be turned into fabric. This is obviously reliant on municpal recycling programs. Once the bottles are collected, the clear bottles are separated out from the other colored bottles. Clear bottles will create white yarn, and colored bottles will naturally create green yarn, or whatever color the bottle was.
The next step is to shred the bottles into tiny pieces and separate out the caps and labels from the bottle material. The cap of a soda or water bottle is actually a different kind of plastic than the PET bottle itself. After this the shredded material is dried.