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Why we like recycling
Recycling is buzzing. From old tires to airplanes, we are getting better and better with recycling stuff and that’s absolutely awesome. Recycling means that we will need fewer virgin resources to create the same products and have less waste as a result of that.
 
We are not a big fan of plastic clothing at Iron Roots, but one thing that can’t be overlooked is the recyclability of certain plastics such as polyester. Wonderful projects like The Ocean Cleanup create the opportunity to turn plastic waste into great new products. However, we believe that this opportunity should not be wasted by creating clothing out recycled plastics. This will only create more plastic pollution due to the release of microfibers. Let’s recycle it for more durable stuff that doesn’t shed microfibers such as tables, chairs, medical equipment etc.
Iron Roots Recycling
Iron Roots Hard & Soft Plastic
Not all plastic is created equal
It’s important to emphasize the difference between 'hard' and 'soft' plastic as we like to call it.
 
Hard plastic can be great for the applications mentioned above. These hard plastics are also needed for certain products to achieve a certain level of quality, and we don't think there is anything wrong with that. But on the other side, you got soft plastic. These are plastics that release microfibers. Examples are fabrics like polyester and nylon. Soft plastic should in our opinion be avoided.
 
So while we think that hard plastic has its applications, we will not make products that are going to shed microfibers. We will always look for alternatives that we can use in our products.