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Advansa and APF launch Remotion

New fibres are modified to naturally break down over time at a rate comparable with natural fibres.

4th July 2023

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Hamm, Germany

Sports/​Outdoor, Sustainable

Advansa has teamed with Asia Pacific Fibers (APF) to launch Remotion, a premium fibre for sports and activewear, made from recycled ocean-bound plastic bottles with full end-to-end traceability from Prevented Ocean Plastic.

The fibres are available as both filament and staple options in two variants –  Remotion Blue made from ocean-bound plastic bottles and Remotion Green made from domestic recycled plastic bottles.

Remotion Blue is a specially engineered polyester fibre made from ocean-bound plastic as a premium raw material with a social aspect. Advansa and APF are cooperating with Prevented Ocean Plastic, a global recycling initiative that helps tens of thousands of people around the world to clean their coastlines, prevent ocean plastic pollution and earn additional income.

Discarded plastic bottles are picked up by plastic collectors from coastal areas and taken to collection centres where they are sorted, cleaned and processed into raw material flakes used as a premium ingredient for the Remotion Blue range of products. 

Remotion can be recycled like standard polyester at the end of a garment’s useful life, but unfortunately, mass apparel recycling is not available today.

However, unlike traditional synthetic fibres, if they end up in landfill or marine environments, Remotion fibres are modified to naturally break down over time at a rate comparable with natural fibres like wool – up to 40% within a year in landfill or in marine environment and over 90% within four years – in stark contrast to the hundreds of years it takes for a traditional synthetic fibre to break down.

Remotion fibres are also designed for performance. A unique triple-cross modified cross-section enables a faster moisture distribution compared to other fabrics, for superior breathability and optimum wearing comfort. Additionally, excellent antibacterial properties can be achieved by Quat-Silanes which inhibit the growth of harmful microorganisms, providing additional protection against bacteria.

The option of high colour fastness for long-lasting usage is also possible with the dope dying process employed during the fibre making process. These dope dyed fibres also contribute to less consumption of water, chemicals and energy by the downstream fabric makers. The high colour fastness ensures that products made from these fibres maintain their visual appeal over time, enhancing durability and longevity.

The fibres are produced at APF’s Indonesian plants in Semarang, for polyester filaments and Karawang for polyester staple fibres and have qualified for the independent Global Recycle Standard (GRS) which certifies both traceability and social and ethical compliance.

Advansa and Asia Pacific Fibers will launch the new fibres at Performance Days in Munich from October 3-5 2023.

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