Recycled water bottles woven into super-strong elastic for Jelt Belts

Today is America Recycles Day.

In honor of today, we are #jelting of course! 

Did you know Jelt belts are made from 100% recycled materials? This is a feature that was very important to us when developing Jelt. We source all of our polyester yarn from recycled water bottles. This yarn is then stitched into a super strong elastic, giving Jelt our signature, strong stretch.  

From this waste to your waist. Jelt belts are made from recycled plastic bottles. Image shows water bottles littered on beach and a couple wearing Jelt elastic stretch belts.

Jelt belts are made from recycled plastic bottles. Illustration shows bottles being recycled into flakes, which are then melted into pellets, made into yarn and the yarn woven into stretchy elastic webbing.

Using recycled fibers saves the water and energy used to grow cotton and diverts scrap material from the waste stream; the post-consumer polyester yarn that is used from our belt comes from single-use plastic bottles just like the ones that are threatening oceans and marine life all around the world. 


Diagram of recycled water bottles woven into super-strong elastic for Jelt Belts

To make recycled polyester, they clean and sort bottles and place them into a machine that chops and grinds them into small bits. The bits then get melted, and the softened plastic gets squeezed through a plate that has a number of tiny holes in it. The plastic comes outs in thin filaments that are spun on large metal rollers, forming a yarn that’s ready to weave into recycled polyester. Check out this cool video to learn more: 


Jelt is honored to do our part to help others make the shift to sustainable apparel and to incorporate minimalism into a lifestyle. And when you buy a Jelt, you will never need another belt, which is sustainable in itself! 

Happy Recycle Day everyone!