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SOUTH CAROLINA – A new briefing suggests the fashion industry will struggle to meet its ambitious targets for using recycled polyester in collections without billions of dollars of investment in research and development to help clear supply chain bottlenecks. Many of the world’s leading fashion brands have made major commitments to increase recycled polyester use over the coming years, including as part of the Recycled Polyester Challenge of Textile Exchange.

Mechanically recycled polyester via PET bottles at present makes up the overwhelming majority of recycled polyester. However, the briefing warns that, according to the most recent figures available, there is a “very limited supply” of recycled PET bottles available to meet the growing demand for recycled products across a wide range of industries.

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