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Stars walk ‘green’ carpet at Tokyo film festival

Japan – Japan-based advanced fibres and composites manufacturer Teijin provided last week’€™s Tokyo International Film Festival with an unusual ‘€˜red carpet’€™ that was green rather than the traditional colour. The change was designed to highlight the company’€™s use of its Ecopet recycled polyester ‘€“ equivalent to around 51 000 half-litre PET bottles ‘€“ in the 1800 metres of carpet supplied for the high-profile bash.

It was the 25th edition of the Festival, and the fifth consecutive year in which the Japanese petrochemicals group has been selected to manufacture a one-off sustainable carpet.

A number of other recycled and reusable items were also provided for the event, including fashion accessories such as ‘€˜greenchief’€™ handkerchiefs, jackets for festival staff, eco-bags for guests and specially designed ties for the ‘€˜green tie banquet’€™. These were made from chemically recycled Eco Circle fibres that Teijin produces from used polyester goods. The company claims these offer ‘€˜the same high quality as fibres made directly from petroleum’€™.

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