Teijin is launching a polyester recycling program in Thailand - the first time its Eco Circle system for recycling synthetic fibres from discarded garments will be available outside Japan.

The programme is being run through Teijin's Thai Namsiri Intertex (TNI) subsidiary, which makes polyester textiles, and will focus on a recyclable men's jacket made from 100% polyester.

The jacket, branded Koh Mr Saxman in collaboration with a famous Thai saxophone player of the same name, weighs just 350 grams and is made from one piece of fabric with no lining or padding.

The easy-care fabric is washable, wrinkle-resistant and iron-free, and to emphasise these features the jacket will be packaged and sold in a 100% polyester PET bottle.

Distribution of the jackets is being handled by Cassardi International, an apparel company that is part of the Boonsiri International Group, a leading distributor of men's wear in Thailand.

Under the closed-loop Eco Circle recycling program, used jackets collected by TNI will be sent to Teijin Fibers' Matsuyama Plant in Japan, where they will be chemically decomposed and converted into new polyester raw material.

There are also plans to use the recycled polyester material to produce trousers and coats, as well as rolling out Koh Mr. Saxman items in other South East Asian markets, India and the Middle East.

Since 2002, more than 100 apparel and sportswear manufacturers worldwide have cooperated with Teijin Fibers to develop and manufacture products made from recyclable materials, as well as to collect and recycle these products at the end of their useful lives.