SUSTAINABILITY SATURDAY: Recycled Wadding With Joules

Becoming more sustainable isn’t just about huge gestures, it’s about little everyday changes too!

One of the small changes that makes a big impact comes from one of our most popular country clothing brands, Joules.

In many of the new lines of padded garments, Joules have chosen to switch out their use of new wadding to recycled wadding, helping to reduce waste and re-use items that could have otherwise ended up in landfill.

Joules Mens Go To Padded Gilet - made with Recycled Wadding
Joules Mens Go To Padded Gilet - made with Recycled Wadding

What is Recycled Wadding?

Most man-made padding or wadding found in warm clothes is made from Polyester, which is constructed from polyethylene terephthalate (PET), the most common type of plastic in the world.

 The good news is, it is possible to make polyester wadding from recycled PET, instead of virgin fibres. Recycled polyester (rPET), can be produced by cleaning and melting down existing plastic and re-spinning it into new polyester fibre. This recycled plastic can be anything from discarded plastic bottles and old polyester clothing to post industrial materials.

How does Recycled Wadding help?

  • Being able to take plastic waste and turn it into a useful material is very important for long term sustainability.
  • Without recycling, non-biodegradable plastic could easily end up in landfill or the ocean. Recycling it into polyester gives it a second life.
  • The productions of rPET uses less energy than producing virgin polyester, and produces less CO2 emissions too.
  • This also means that less crude oil and natural gas is extracted to make the material.
  • And you don’t need to worry about the impact on your new clothes - recycled polyester is pretty much the same as virgin polyester in terms of quality!

More Joules products that make use of recycled polyester wadding:

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JOULES LADIES FURLTON PADDED GILET

Was £54.95 Now £41.21
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JOULES MENS PENBRIDGE WATERPROOF PADDED PARKA

Was £139.00 Now £104.25