November 2020
Headquarters 24050 Province of Bergamo, Italy

RE-PET INTO APPAREL - A process that transforms used plastic bottles into new apparel

The Solution is represented by the production of clothing apparel and accessories (i.e. bags) in polyester recycled from used plastic bottles. The Solution aims at providing a circular production process where new products are created from waste. The objective is to manage a close loop where both the collection of plastic waste and the production of apparel occur in the same country/location hence creating a complete circular economy. Pielleitalia has developed a certified supply chain The Solution allows the re-use of waste to generate products with the same quality and characteristics as the non-recycled alternative. In this way, large amounts of CO2 emissions are saved and this would have a positive impact on people and the environment.

Key features

  • From 16 to 45 used plastic bottles recycled during the process, depending on the product to be produced
  • 100% recyclable at the end of use
  • 100% recycled fabric
  • 20-70% reduction of CO2 emissions compared to non-recycled product. depending on the characteristics of the product


  • Same price as mainstream alternative
  • Less transportation cost as the process aims at producing and delivering the products at the same location

Maturity Stage

  • Medium and large scale commercialization
  • Small scale commercialization
  • Initial market commercialization
  • Prototype testing in the real world
  • Prototype testing 1:1 in the lab

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