Recycled polyester: it's a dilemma and not one with a clear answer. There are about as many questions as there are answers so it is so valuable to share knowledge and information. By learning more we can make a more informed decision. And we can understand one another better too, recognising the value and usefulness of differing opinions.
So what did we learn about recycled polyester?
At the moment a plastic bottle can be recycled once, possibly twice and at most three times, and recycled polyester clothing can't be recycled at all. For recycling polyester clothing to be an option, there needs to be a lot more investment in this area. For now, it's a closed cycle and that is disappointing.
What we can do
It's not only our shopping habits. I didn't realise until the online debate that car tyres are in fact the biggest source of microfibres. Examining our habits can enable us to make broader changes that can have an even bigger impact on our world.
At the same time, that can feel so big that it's easy to be overwhelmed. One step at a time. A little more information here and there and together we can make changes that do make a difference. @growingneeds used a great phrase in the debate: “every step in the right direction will lead to collective leaps”. That is absolutely what we are hoping for.