Innotech launches first substrate from recycled plastic bottles
Thursday, March 5, 2020
Innotech has launched the industry’s first print media made from recycled bottles as a wide-format display fabric.
Vertex Marine, available now, is a 100% polyester fabric made out of recycled single-use plastic bottles in order to conserve natural resources.
The substrate is available in 3.2m rolls and can be applied to a variety of Innotech’s display systems such as the TexStyle Straight display banner system.
Marketing manager Kieran Dallow said: “We are extremely excited to be able to offer such a forward-thinking product to the print industry, and it’s a delight that we can offer materials that protect our oceans’ eco-systems.
“To put this in perspective, one roll of 3.2x100m Vertex Marine material uses just under 4,000 plastic bottles, which otherwise could have made their way into the ocean.”
Innotech’s recycling process involves retrieving plastic bottles in compacted bales, which are broken up and labels removed before the PET is crushed into flakes. These flakes are washed and turned into pellets, then melted, extruded and spun into a polyester yarn that is woven to create the Vertex Marine material.
Throughout this process, the material loses none of the qualities of a virgin polyester yarn which means it is designed to give an equal quality of print finish from dye-sublimation, UV-C or Latex printers.
A4 samples of Vertex Marine are available on request.