HISTORY 25 Years of History

1995

ECOPET®, plastic PET bottle recycled polyester fiber, was launched.

ECOPET®, plastic PET bottle recycled polyester fiber

1996

ECOPET® was adopted for use in kitchen sink garbage drain bags.

1999

ECOPET® was adopted for use in high tenacity filaments for industrial materials.

2000

Chemically-recycled ECOPET PLUS® was launched.

ECOPET PLUS, earth-friendly eco fiber

2002

Started Eco Circler® (fiber to fiber), where used polyester fibers are recycled into new polyester fibers.

2003

The use of ECOPET PLUS® in banners and drop curtains started.
ECOPET PLUS® was adopted for use in company uniforms for female staff.

2004

New Raw Material Recycle Technology received the Minister of Environment Award for Global Warming Prevention Activities.

ECOPET PLUS® was adopted for use in the ties of the uniforms for ministry and agency staff.

ECOPET PLUS® was adopted for use in uniforms.

2005

ECOPET PLUS® was adopted for use in the uniforms of guards, guards of honor, cleaning staff, and medical staff at EXPO 2005 Aichi, Japan.

2006

T-shirts made using ECOPET PLUS® were provided to the Japan Wheelchair Basketball Championship.

plastic cups for beverages were used at the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2006.

2007

ECOSTORM®, a high performance waterproof moisture permeable material made using ECOPET PLUS®, was launched.

ECOPET PLUS® was adopted for use in suits for job interviews.

PET container (plastic cups and plastic PET bottles) recycling activities were conducted at large-scale music events.

ECOPET PLUS® was adopted for use in blouson-type uniforms for food shop staff.

2008

Functional polo shirts made using ECOPET PLUS® were adopted for use in uniforms for people supporting a professional sports team in Ehime.

A green carpet made using ECOPET PLUS® was used at the 21st Tokyo International Film Festival.

ECOPET® was adopted for use in tire cords for the first time anywhere in the world.

ECOPET PLUS® was adopted for use in the uniforms for expressway toll collectors.
ECOPET PLUS® was adopted for use in the uniforms for Karaoke shop staff.
ECOPET PLUS® was adopted for use in the uniforms for inner apparel shop staff.
Adoption of ECOPET PLUS® continued in the sportswear industry.

2009

Swany America Corp developed ski gloves that were made using ECOSTORM®.

2010

Kitakyushu City Government adopted ECOPET PLUS® for winter clothes.
ECOPET PLUS® was adopted for use in the uniforms for cosmetics sales clerks.

Started providing support to the plastic PET bottle recycle activity at a-nation, a music event.

2011

ECOPET PLUS® was adopted for use in airplane blankets.
ECOPET PLUS® was adopted for use in medical clothing.

2012

Started plastic cup collection and recycling activities at Hanshin Koshien Stadium.
ECOPET PLUS® was adopted for use in disaster blankets.

2015

Started the production of ECOPET PLUS® in China.

2017

Built a global production system for ECOPET®.
In an effort to promote environmental education in Thailand, rolled out plastic PET bottle recycling activities in collaboration with ACP (elementary school section) of the integrated school system of Thailand.

Started recycling activities in collaboration with Gamba Osaka and F.C. Tokyo.

2018

Delivered declaration to reduce ocean plastic pollution.

2020

The ECOPET® brand was expanded to include ECOPET PLUS®.

Material recycling
The process crushes or melts waste plastics and then recycles them into materials for similar uses.
Chemical recycling
The process obtains petroleum feedstock by decomposing waste plastics chemically and reuses them as raw materials for products.