Clean, pristine and wrinkle free, the abaya and the thobe constitute the national dress of Qatar. They are worn, daily, by the local population as well as some expatriates. Both garments are made of a polyester blend. This paper proposes the use of 100% post consumer recycled polyester, often known as RPET (Recycled PET) to manufacture the abaya and thobe thus reusing one of Qatar’s resources, the plastic bottle. The paper will look into closed-loop recycling systems and means to maintain a pure recycling stream, highlighting possible methods to design the bottle and the abaya and the thobe for disassembly. Identifying viable technologies that would enable the recycled abaya and thobe to compete in the Qatari market are also explored. Relevant life cycle models specifically McDonough and Braungart’s Cradle to Cradle™ (C2C®) and TEIJIN’s ECOCIRCLE will be highlighted. Research utilizes available online data, physical market research and an online survey (Abaya-Thobe Survey). Results of this survey will be discussed, with corresponding subject matter, throughout the paper.
|Keywords:||Recycled PET, Closed-loop, Qatar, Cradle to Cradle (C2C), Abaya, Thobe, ECOCIRCLE, Design for Disassembly|
MFA Student, Masters Program, Virginia Commonwealth University, Doha, Qatar
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