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Over 260 million tonnes of plastic is produced every year and this is beginning to affect our planet in a major way, from polluting the ocean to poisoning wildlife. To help do our part we at Victoria Linen are trying to lower the amount of plastic waste we contribute by using improved packing techniques and reducing the amount of plastic we use overall.
Plastics have been entering the marine environment in quantities paralleling their level of production over the last half century. Between 1960 and 2000, production of plastic across the globe has increased 25-fold, while recovery of the material remained below 5%. Of the 260 million tonnes of plastic the world produces each year, about 10 percent ends up in the Ocean, according to a Greenpeace report (Plastic Debris in the World's Oceans, 2006). With the rise in the amount of plastics being dumped into our oceans there has been a decrease in the amount of marine wildlife due to disease and other problems that come from the chemicals used in some plastics.It is estimated that by 2050 there may be more plastic in the ocean than fish.
PET, which stands for polyethylene terephthalate, is a form of polyester (just like the clothing fabric). It is extruded or molded into plastic bottles and containers for packaging foods and beverages, personal care products, and many other consumer products.
PET, which stands for polyethylene terephthalate, is a clear, strong and lightweight plastic belonging to the polyester family. It is typically called "polyester" when used for fibers or fabrics, and "PET" or "PET Resin" when used for bottles, jars, containers and packaging applications.
When packaging our items we try to use the least amount of plastics we can, All our products are packaged in plastic bags made from polypropylene which is commonly used for a variety of both hard and soft plastic products such as plastic packaging and plastic parts. Polypropylene is recyclable and has the number “5” as its polymer identification code.
We use ECO2 Dacron Comforel for our hollow fibre duvets and pillows. Comforel is manufactured using reclaimed plastic that is used to produce a super soft down like hollow fibre. Dacron Comforel is made from recycled plastic bottles which are collected from around Europe and reprocessed into plastic pellets for use in the creation of polyester fibres.
We hope to begin self packaging our products in the near future using linen bags to reduce the amount of plastics we use and also to reduce the amount of waste that is produced from our product due to us being able to reuse offcuts of fabric to make these linen bags.