BRUSSELS – EDANA has issued a pledge to significantly increase the use of recycled PET in nonwoven fabrics. The pledge was made on behalf of the nonwoven producers amongst its membership.
EDANA made the announcement in Brussels today (12 November) at the “The EU Plastics Industries – Towards Circularity” event, joining 13 other organisations from across the plastics value chain in presenting the interim reports on voluntary commitments and pledges to adopt more circular business models.
Recycled PET is used in various nonwoven applications. Roofing products, the automotive sector and the geotextiles industry are large users of R-PET fibres and resins. R-Pet can also be found in some hygiene products, such as diapers. Currently over 200,000 metric tons of recycled PET is used in the production of nonwovens. By 2025 this will grow to over 300,000 tons, EDANA said, providing that the post-consumer waste volumes necessary are available.
On a wider scale, the European plastics industry and value chain has developed an extensive and ambitious set of voluntary measures to close the loop for plastics. All commitments will be monitored with the industry ready to work closely with authorities and other stakeholders to ensure the goals are reached.
The accomplishment of the ambitious sustainability targets depends not only on the industry but requires the support of national authorities, European legislators and consumers, EDANA said, adding that increased levels of collection and better sorting are needed to increase recycling and incorporate more recyclate into new products.