Uniqlo to Sell Clothes Made from Plastic Bottles

Economy

London, Sept. 16 (Jiji Press)--Fast Retailing Co. <9983>, the operator of the Uniqlo casual apparel chain, said Monday it will produce clothes made from used plastic bottles, in cooperation with Toray Industries Inc. <3402>.

The Japanese fashion retailer will put such clothing items on sale in next year's spring-summer season, mainly targeting eco-conscious consumers, Fast Retailing said.

In an interview in London, Tadashi Yanai, chairman, president and chief executive officer at Fast Retailing, expressed confidence that the new products will sell well.

"Young people are especially conscious of sustainability. European consumers have high awareness. I'm confident that (the new products) will be accepted," he said.

Fibers made from the recycling of used polyethylene terephthalate bottles have already been available. The new products have fibers made with advanced technologies for impurity removal, according to Fast Retailing.

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