Tyvek is 100% Recyclable
The Wristband Co. is proud to use Tyvek to make all our wristbands. However, while discussing its many desirable qualities in previous blogs, we realised that most of our customers probably have never heard of Tyvek, let alone know about how fabulous it is!
The golden question we get asked is, "Are your wristbands recyclable?" & the answer is YES!
Ben previously put together a fantastic blog article on Tyvek and why we use it. But, to summarise, we use it for our plain wristbands, security wristbands and customisable wristbands because it is the perfect material for them, in so many ways!
The Wristband Co. & Sustainability
You might have seen our wristbands and mistakenly thought they were made of paper because, yes, Tyvek wristbands essentially look like paper wristbands in that you can print on them and customise them, but that is where the resemblance ends! Tyvek is lightweight but durable; breathable but resistant to water and tearing. It is comfortable enough to be worn for an entire event - even the most fidgety children will enjoy wearing one.
However, arguably, the best thing about it is that Tyvek is 100% recyclable.
In addition, Dupont™ - the manufacturer of Tyvek, are committed to finding new and innovative ways to help find sustainable solutions for our world. When creating The Wristband Co., it was essential for Ben and me that we sourced and used sustainable materials whenever possible. But we didn't want to compromise on quality and Dupont and Tyvek tick both these boxes.
"Design 100% of our products and processes using sustainability criteria including the principles of green chemistry"
Before we look at how to recycle Tyvek, we should appreciate how it is created. Dupont, the Tyvek manufacturer, is continually striving forward with its sustainability strategy and has identified a guiding set of principles to drive its future actions. Whilst Tyvek might look like paper, it is a 100% synthetic material made from high-density spun bound polyethylene fibres, an HDPE.
Tyvek is a low weight material with high durability and functional performance. It is one of the most versatile materials around. The Wristband Co.'s commitment to working sustainably coincides perfectly with Dupont's mission, which proudly states that it collaborates with industry innovators to review, develop and champion safer and more sustainable practices.
To explain things more simply, the Tyvek used to make your wristbands is made without plasticisers or restricted chemicals and is manufactured by consuming less energy and resources (Source). Dupont is also striving to reduce waste material at the end of a product’s lifecycle.
This brings us to recycling your Tyvek wristbands, because whilst the wristbands are 100% recyclable, you cannot recycle them with paper.
Dupont's current focus is on developing and integrating Tyvek into the circular economy, which means moving away from the "Take-Make-Dispose" linear way of using materials. The circular economy encourages us to keep repurposing and recycling materials.
The Wristband Co. is proud to be part of the circular economy by finding ways to upcycle and reuse your Tyvek wristbands.
We've put together a separate blog about how you can repurpose your event wristbands with the Wristband Co.
The Circular Economy
What If You Can't Recycle Your Wristbands?
Hopefully, you've realised how committed both The Wristband Co. and Dupont are to finding ways to manufacture and upcycle Tyvek from reading this article. It's also fantastic to hear how many of our customers make considerable efforts to recycle their wristbands. However, sometimes circumstances are out of your control, and your event wristbands might not get recycled correctly - what does this mean?
Worst case scenario, your wristbands might end up in a landfill. The exact reason why Tyvek is perfect for wristbands - its durability in extreme conditions - is why we all work together to make sure that Tyvek is recycled correctly whenever possible. Tyvek as an HPDE is non-biodegradable, however, the good news is that if it does end up in a landfill, it will not leach harmful compounds into groundwater as it is an inert material.
Tyvek wristbands can also be incinerated safely. Under optimal conditions, only water and carbon dioxide are released, leaving no residue. Tyvek can even be used as fuel, yielding more than twice the energy value of coal and as much energy as oil in terms of British Thermal Unit (BTU) rating (Source).
What To Read More?
To hear more about The Wristband Co.'s commitment to working sustainability, have a look at our recent blog post here.
To learn more about Dupont's commitment to sustainability, you can download its sustainability report.
We are still on our sustainable journey, and we know there is a long way to go, meaning we are always open to suggestions from our team, our customers and our community. So if you have any ideas on improving our operations or would like to share your journey with us, get in touch today; we’d love to hear from you!