cotton Frustrated By Plastic Bottles Littered Around? Pittsburgh Company Turns Them Into Fabric By Kathleen J. Davis • Aug 21, 2018 Kathleen J. Davis / 90.5 WESA Listen Listening... / 1:29 The Pittsburgh Tech Report for August 21, 2018. Every minute, 1 million plastic bottles fly off store shelves and into the hands of consumers. More than 90 percent of these are not recycled, winding up in landfills or waterways. Thread aims to help reduce the amount of cast away plastic bottles by using them to make fabric.