Adidas is using materials made of ocean plastic waste in its products

Adidas is using materials made of ocean plastic waste in its products

Far Eastern New Century Corp (FENC), one of Tawian's leading textile conglomerates and a major supplier of recycled PET products for international brands, has been recognised by Adidas for its work in turning ocean plastic waste bottles into high performance fabrics. 

The company received a Sustainability Award from Adidas at the recent TITAS TAIPEI 2016 event for its close collaboration on the Ocean Plastic Recycled Project. 

Adidas has partnered with Parley for the Oceans to raise awareness about the issue of plastic pollution, with Oriental Resource Development (ORD, a subsidiary of FENC) converting bottle bales into polyester flakes, before FENC takes over and converts the polyester flakes into recycled chips and high quality yarns.

With expertise in PET recycling, FENC is the key supplier for this high profile project.

"We leveraged our strongest asset capability of vertical integration for the recycling process, its complicated work but we at FENC took on the challenge," says Eric Huang, senior vice president, FENC filament. "This is a global issue and the only competition we have is against time."

The company already transforms waste bottles into high quality yarns such as its Topgreen fibre, and is a major supplier of recycled PET products for brands including Nike, Decathlon and H&M. Topgreen is integrated into its entire supply chain – from PET bottle flake grinding, chip production, filament extrusion, yarn texturisation, through to knitting and dyeing. 

Functional performance is another cornerstone of the company's innovations, and in partnership with domestic fabric suppliers it is converting waste fabric scraps into high performance yarns using its Textile-to-Textile (T2T) technology.

FENC Filament SBU has also launched its new dope dyeing (solution dyeing) technology that offers the same standard of colour fastness and water free attributes as conventional dope-dyeing. The new technology significantly increases the colour palate while simultaneously decreasing the minimum order quantity (MOQ) at much higher production efficiency, the company claims.

It has also revealed a new brand identity emphasising its ideal of 'Simplifying Complexities, Amplifying Possibilities'.

"We have positioned the FENC brand to indicate our ambition to be in front with new technology and innovative solutions," explains Eric Hu, president, textile. "Our new brand marketing efforts express that we believe the full value is only created when we work closely together with our customers to simplify all their complexities and complications and more importantly amplifying new possibilities for their business needs and growth."