Uses for stitch-bonded material

Stitch-bonded non-woven material is made from recycled plastic bottles (called rPET). In South Africa, Romatex is a leading manufacturer and supplier of this eco-friendly textile. Every month, they make about two million square metres of stitch-bonded non-woven material, which is sold to various businesses.

The colours of the material depend on the colour of the recycled plastic bottles. As an example, beige material comes from recycled ginger beer bottles, whereas green fabric comes from recycled lemonade bottles. Clear plastics, such as those used for water and cola bottles, are used to create white stitch-bonded non-woven material.

Romatex also provides custom printing and dyeing services, allowing customers to have their labels and logos dyed or printed on their textiles. Stitch-bonded non-woven material, in contrast to woven fabrics, is held together by a continuous polymer twine thread. This textile has specific qualities that make it more suitable for certain products and uses as it is made from plastic fibres.

What is stitch-bonded non-woven material used for?

This sustainable material has a wide range of uses. Recycled shopping bags, waterproof membranes, home textiles, footwear, furniture and vertical window blinds are among the markets that manufacturers currently serve. All of these products support the sustainable cycle of reused plastic, which reduces the amount of plastic waste in our landfills and environment.

Recycled shopping bags are one of the principal applications for stitch-bonded non-woven material. These fabric bags are frequently offered to customers by South African retailers for reuse. At your preferred supermarket, you have undoubtedly encountered shopping bags that are white, green, black, dyed and printed. 

Another major market for stitch-bonded non-woven material is waterproof membranes. In the construction industry, waterproof membranes are used to seal walls and roofs. It’s also used to manufacture vertical window blinds and utilised in a variety of home textiles. It is an eco-friendly and lightweight alternative to cotton and other fabrics. 

New uses for the textile

Eco-blocks for housing and construction can be made from stitch-bonded non-woven material. To create strong bricks, the fabric can be filled with sand or other materials. The plastic-based textile is incredibly durable and resistant to moisture and the elements, making it perfect for affordable construction blocks.

These qualities can also be applied to footwear. This textile also serves as an internal layer in the manufacturing of shoes as it is moisture-resistant and highly durable. Romatex supplies stitch-bonded non-woven material to various industries in South Africa. As more uses are created, stitch-bonded non-woven material is set to become a more versatile and beneficial textile.


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Written by Taryn Hill

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