Here at Promotional Umbrellas we always try to react to the demands of our customers and the wider market. In recent times we have supplied more and more eco friendly umbrellas. Specifically this means the canopy of the umbrellas are made from rPET rather than virgin polyester. Before we provide details the umbrella options available we need to explain exactly what rPET is and why is more environmentally friendly than virgin polyester.
Most synthetic fibres (approximately 70%) are made from polyester, and the polyester most often used in textiles is polyethylene terephthalate (PET). The majority of the world’s PET production – about 60% – is used to make fibres for textiles. It’s estimated that it takes about 104 million barrels of oil for PET production each year – that’s 70 million barrels just to produce the virgin polyester used in fabrics.
Recycled polyester, also known as rPET, is obtained by melting down existing plastic and re-spinning it into new polyester fibre.
Because polyester accounts for approximately 60 percent of the world’s production of PET developing a non-virgin supply chain for polyester fiber has the potential to massively impact global energy and resource requirements.
There are two basic reasons why buying a product using rPET as opposed to virgin polyester is beneficial to the environment:
1. Energy needed to make the rPET is less than that needed to make the virgin polyester in the first place, so we save energy.
2. We’re keeping bottles and other plastics out of the landfills.
rPET is just as good as virgin polyester, but takes less resources to make.
Now we have explained the environmental benefits of rPET, the practicality of buying promotional products to contribute has to be there. We have selected a range of our umbrellas to be made available with rPET canopies. These models range from golf umbrellas to walking umbrellas to folding telescopic umbrellas. We can offer all the same print processes that we always offer, Pantone matching is also no problem as with digital printing. Whilst there is an added cost for producing the umbrellas using rPET, we have committed to keeping this price increase to a minimum.
Our view is that if our customer is committed to buying more eco friendly umbrellas, then we will make it as easy as possible for them to make that decision. Any additional costs will be calculated on an order by order basis and passed on. Simply put, we will make no profit from the customers decision to switch the canopy material to rPET.
The umbrellas we offer in the eco friendly rPET material are: Atlantic Storm Golf Umbrella, Auto City Classic Deluxe Umbrella, Automatic Corporate Gents Walking Umbrella, City Commuter Solid Umbrella, City Commuter Striped Umbrella, Atlantic Folding Deluxe Umbrella. All these promotional umbrellas are available made up in standard panel colours, Pantone matched or digitally printed with any design. All these promotional umbrellas are available from 250 umbrellas upwards. We ask that you contact us for specific quote based on your colour and print requirements. If the umbrella you want is not listed, please contact us. We will likely be able to accommodate your requirements.
Click on the umbrella link of your choice and email us or give us a call. We will get back to you asap with a quote.