Renegade Plastics Is Paving The Way To A More Sustainable Future, One Yard Of Fabric At A Time

GOLDEN, Colorado — November 4, 2022 — PVC and polyethylene (PE) coated fabrics dominate the textile industry, and are found in everything from upholstery to awnings, billboards, commercial tents, packaging, tarps, agricultural hoop houses and high tunnels to sports equipment, and more. Renegade Plastics was born with the mission to eliminate toxic plastics and build a circular economy. They have exclusive rights to patent-pending polypropylene fabrics that offer an alternative to toxic PVC fabrics, one that is recyclable, low-carbon and lighter weight.

“Our goal is to commercialize a fabric that is safe for people and planet,” said Renegade Plastics Co-Founder Curran Hughes. “PVC-coated fabrics include harmful, toxic plasticizers which are released over the entire lifespan of the fabric, leaching dangerous chemical additives including phthalates, and occasionally heavy metals, which negatively impact our health. By creating non-toxic fabrics of the same strength that can be recycled into new materials at the end of their useful life, we are evolving the industrial fabrics industry for a more sustainable future.”

Renegade Plastics’ polypropylene fabrics are 30- to 40-percent lighter than PVC with little to no loss of strength and can easily replace PVC in industrial applications such as agriculture, athletic mats, commercial tents, pool covers, outdoor furniture, and fabric structures. Due to its high UV, thermal, and chemical resistance, Renegade Plastics’ materials also have a usable life 2-10 times longer than PE fabrics. This longevity results in less virgin plastic used over time, and fewer micro-plastic particles negatively affecting the environment.

Even when its polypropylene’s time is up, Renegades Plastics’ offerings still serve as a more environmentally-friendly material than PVC or PE fabrics because of their enhanced recyclability. Whereas PE is often too contaminated to be recycled at the end of its life, and PVC is often used in an unrecyclable plastic mixture, Renegade Plastics’ higher-quality fabrics are more resilient to contamination and are fully recyclable.

As Renegade Plastics’ materials reduce environmental impact by decreasing the amount of plastic dumped into landfills, its fabrics also serve as a safer alternative for people who stand in its midst. Renegade Plastics produces its polypropylene without lead, dioxin, and phthalates, which are commonly used in manufacturing PVC fabrics. These toxins can cause harm to personal health as they evaporate from the plastic and into the air over time.

“It is imperative that industrial fabrics and textiles progress beyond toxic additives and negative environmental impact, and Renegade Plastics is proud to lead this evolution,” said Hughes.

Posted: November 7, 2022

Source: Renegade Plastics