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S. Korean watchdog assures clothing from recycled plastic bottles is safe
The Korea Consumer Agency concluded that clothes made with recycled plastic bottles generally have no safety concerns.
The watchdog based its findings on durability and safety tests of five recycled polyester garments manufactured by local sports brands now available domestically.
The garments were also tested on whether they contained harmful materials showed that none of the products had any safety issues. The labeling of these products also satisfied the related standards.
Another test to check if their color changed with exposure to sunlight or sweat and if their form remained unchanged even after being laundered also showed that they satisfied the recommendation level.
The clothes also exhibited good tensile strength, which measures the force that fabrics can endure.
The consumer watchdog asked authorities to include recycled material garments among clothes subject to environment labeling certification,
The agency also recommends that manufacturers indicate recycled materials' usage percentage to ensure that consumers are properly informed when purchasing.