Ecoalf recycles plastic bottles, cotton, fishing nets, used tyres, coffee grounds and wool, all over the world, to design eco-friendly products, among others, clothes. In particular, plastic bottles are collected and pass through a series of steps of cleaning and crushing to obtain plastic flakes which, through mechanical processase, converted into rough polyester spun fiber that is manipulated to obtain the final quality. This recycled yarn is then used to develop fabrics, labels, laces, etc..Ecoalf has recycled more that 70 million plastic bottles so far. Phases of the process can be described: collect pet bottles > chips >spinning > weaving > product.
Besides, Ecoalf Foundation has undertaken Upcycling the Oceans project (UOP): a project that will help rid the oceans of rubbish through partnership with fishermen, tranforming plastic debris in the Mediterranean into thread for weaving fabric. In this case, the phases of UOP include fishermen collaboration: collect > put in bins > separate materials > transform > spin > weave > product design > sales
Ecoalf website: https://ecoalf.com