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Evolon RE is 70% recycled PET

No compromise of performance properties with more recycled content.

29th June 2021

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Weinheim, Germany


Freudenberg Performance Materials is now offering an even more sustainable version of its high-performance microfilament textiles.

Evolon RE is manufactured from an average of 70% recycled polyester, which the company makes by recycling post-consumer PET bottles in-house. It is available for various applications, including high-tech wiping and technical packaging, in weights currently ranging from 80-300gsm and provides the same high and constant quality as all other Evolon textiles. This applies to mechanical and textile properties as well as to filtration, cleaning and protection effectiveness.

“We have more than 20 years of experience with Evolon technology,” says Evolon business segment manager Jean-Francois Kerhault. “Our technical teams are real experts in this demanding process, and it is thanks to their knowledge that we were able to overcome the challenge of integrating recycled PET from post-consumer bottles into our products.”

Evolon fabrics are very durable in most applications. They are washable and re-usable and a very good substitute for disposable solutions. Evolon cleaning cloths, for example, offer an unrivalled cleaning performance even after hundreds of washings. Technical packaging materials can be reused throughout the entire production program of a car model. The fabrics are lightweight, which saves raw materials compared to most existing conventional products.

Since Evolon was launched in 1999, Freudenberg has continuously increased the sustainability of both the product and its production process. No solvents or chemical binders are used during the manufacture of Evolon and in 2003, the company set up an internal reprocessing system for hydroentanglement water. It was also an early adopter of ISO 50001 in 2012. Thanks to its certified energy management system, Freudenberg is also able to continuously reduce its CO2 emissions. The production of Evolon from post-consumer recycled polyester represents a new milestone in the efforts to increase sustainability.

Freudenberg was one of the first companies in Europe to recycle used PET bottles, beginning in the early 1990s. Today, the company utilizes around seven million PET bottles a day in the manufacture of polyester nonwovens.

By recycling PET bottles, Freudenberg is utilizing waste as a raw material. On the one hand, this helps to reduce the burden of landfilling and incineration. On the other, replacing primary raw materials by recycled polyester of the same quality saves natural resources. It also reduces energy consumption, resulting in less CO2 emissions, waste and waste water.


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