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Taiwan tests recycling's limits with bus stops out of bottles

2013/03/01 Katia Moskvitch BBC News

It even made jerseys for nine football teams competing in the World Cup when it was held in South Africa - using polyester recycled from plastic bottles.
Such clothes are lighter than the usual fabric and absorb sweat better, says Super Textile Corporation, one of the Taiwanese companies weaving shirts and sweaters out of bottles.
The process also uses less water and energy - we simply use coloured bottles to avoid using dye," says Alex Lo, the company's managing director.

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Taiwan turns plastic junk to 'green' gold

By Amber Wang (AFP) – Sep 11, 2010

Super Textile, a leading Taiwanese maker of eco-fabric, started exporting to the United States and Japan in recent years, which gave a boost of up to 10 percent to its business, Lo said.
Lo said, "The response has been much warmer in the past two years due to rising awareness on global warming
Taiwan, a small island that consumes about 4.5 billion plastic bottles annually, is seen as having an advantage in manufacturing eco-textiles through lower transportation and recycling costs.

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Recycled plastic is fantastic for Taiwan textile firms

2010/08/19 Taiwan Today by Audrey Wang

Taiwan may not have participated directly in the recently concluded FIFA World Cup, but it can nevertheless be said to have played an indispensable role in the tournament, since nine of the 32 participating teams wore uniforms using a special type of fabric made in Taiwan out of recycled plastic bottles.

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TUV certifies textiles made in Taiwan from recycled material

The China Post news staff July 24, 2010

Among the products were the green polo shirts worn by members of the Tzu Chi Foundation. The textiles were made by Super Textile Corp.

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Fabrics Go Green

Fabrics Go Green 2010/03/01 OSCAR CHUNG, Taiwan Review

The showroom at Super Textile Corp.’s factory-office complex at Taoyuan Youth Industrial Park rarely fails to impress visitors when they see fabrics, clothes, blankets and scarves placed alongside discarded polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles, which provide the raw material for the finished goods. An accompanying flow chart shows the process through which these used plastic containers are reborn, morphing them into a totally different form. While pointing at a grayish scarf, Alex Lo, Super Textile’s managing director, says “It’s made from six PET bottles. But you don’t think of PET bottles when you see it.”

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