Textile waste is one of the biggest environmental issues facing the fashion industry today. In an effort to reduce this, we are seeing many brands opt for recycled materials like Econyl, Repreve and more. But the options in end to end textile recycling are still pretty limited. While advances have been made in recycled polyester, recycled natural fibers haven't seemed to catch on quite as strongly. Furthermore, many fabrics today are blends of natural and plastic fibers making them traditionally impossible to fully recycle to new fabric. Here's how these options are improving and their impact on the industry:
Making Cotton New Again
To meet the sustainable fashion demand, Recover is making giant leaps to bring recycled textiles to the forefront. Recover uses recycled fibers as its raw material to prevent them from ending up in landfills or being incinerated. They stray from virgin materials and don't use water or chemicals while also reducing their energy sources and CO2 emissions. Here are the fabric types they offer:
Negative Impact from Traditional Textiles
Environmentally Friendly Impact of Recycled Textiles
By using recycled textiles, water pollution and usage decreases because of the reduction in virgin materials made. By using recycled textiles you are also diverting textile waste to landfills and putting it back into use again. Emphasizing a recycling program within your production team will improve your environmental impact and empower your customers to be more conscious consumers.
Utilizing the option to repurpose textiles will help your brand on its journey towards sustainability and using recycled fibers is a realistic way of transforming the fashion industry. Having companies like Recover, will help pave the way for the new wave of sustainability and encourage brands to make a more conscious choice of the textiles they're using.
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