The overall quality of clothes made from recycled plastic bottles is generally good, and there are no safety concerns, reports Koreabizwire.
A consumer watchdog, Korea Consumer Agency, tested the durability and safety of five recycled polyester clothing made by local sports brands available in the domestic market.
The test included checking if the product contained harmful materials and if the labelling followed safety standards. Furthermore, they checked if the colours stayed the same underexposure to heavy sweat or sunlight and if the clothing kept its form, based on the recommendation level, even after being washed.
All tested clothes showed good tensile strength, which is a measure of the maximum force fabric can withstand.
The consumer agency requested authorities to include the recycled material used in the clothes, subject to environment labelling certification. It also recommended that manufacturers indicate the percentage of recycled materials used to ensure the consumers are properly informed with their purchases.