Fabrics made of recycled fibers for a more ethical fashion

13 September 2020  officine_admin 

Recycled fibers with a low environmental impact

We may define the latest years as the years of “post waste fashion”. After many decades of compulsive shopping, we have witnessed to a radical change, a global epiphany concerning pollution.

People’s shopping habits have been changing and are now more oriented towards ethical items with a low environmental impact.

We tend to buy less items with a better quality and more respectful of our planet.

In addition to customers, such change has affected also textile companies,  brands and shops which have become increasingly interested in developing, purchasing and creating more eco-sustainable products.

Research behind the development of this “new fashion”  has been focusing on fabrics made of recycled fibers from regenerated waste materials.

The textile industry is moving towards circular economy. Plastic bottles, nylon fibers from waste materials such as ghost fishing nets, carpet fluff, tulle, recycled polyester, apost consumer and post industrial waste are all used to give life to innovative and high performance fabrics with an ethical soul.

Waste materials, instead of being disposed of in a landfill, are recovered and, through complex physical-chemical processes, are regenerated into new products.

 The importance of recycling in the fashion industry

According to The True Cost, every year over 80 million apparel items are purchased in the world, and the fashion industry may be responsible for  10% of CO2 emissions, thus being the second polluting industry after the oil industry.

This is due to the fast fashion: people buy low cost, poor quality items with a short life cycle and tons of waste end up in the landfills.

Estimates say over 12 million clothing items are incinerated every year in the world, and most of them will never decompose. As a result of this, many toxic substances are released in the air, in the soil and into groundwater.

Textile companies and fashion brands, more and more aware of the environmental problem, have been working for the creation of a trendy fashion which could satisfy customers’ requests while being, at the same time, ethical and eco-sustainable.

There are many companies now, which have embraced this new philosophy which is no longer money oriented but also aims to a global greater good. Even the fashion industry has understood the importance of using  fabrics made of recycled fibers for the creation of apparel items and has given life to various innovative collections, which, starting from circular economy, include second-hand items or unconventional raw materials coming from recycling processes.

The fact of using fabrics made of recycled fibers implies at least three main advantages:

  • Reducing the space taken by waste materials inside landfills
  • Reducing the use of dyestuff and thus the contamination deriving from waste waters
  • Reducing pollution and energy consumption

Carvico, Jersey Lomellina and fabrics made of high quality recycled fibers

Carvico and Jersey Lomellina have been actively contributing to such change offering designers and garment makers an accurate selection of  fabrics made of recycled raw materials. A practical way to reduce the companies environmental impact and give life to a more creative and ethical fashion.

One of  Carvico most innovative products is Melville: featuring a green soul, designed to satisfy the needs of both sportspeople and nature lovers, it is eco-sustainable and made of REPREVE yarn containing 45% PBT polyester and 55% recycled polyester from plastic bottles. Compact  and breathable, it is also UV protective and chlorine resistant, and thus ideal for the creation of competition swimwear items.

Also stemming from  the recycling process of plastic bottles, Xlance Play is top notch for the most creative fashion collections. Comfortable and high performance, it features a warm and pleasant hand feel. Perfect for transfer printing and the creation of original items with unique printed patters. Renew Action by Jersey Lomellina is instead ideal for sublimatic printing. One-of-a-king and peculiar, it is made of a yarn coming from post-industrial and post consumer waste materials (bottles, films…).

Vita by Carvico turns pollution problems into solutions for the fashion industry and interior design. We are talking about an eco-friendly fabric from a regenerated Nylon yarn, which is thin, elegant, breathable and soft. It is a performance fabric mixing muscular compression and comfort. Compared to competitors’ fabrics, it is 2x more resistant to chlorine and sunscreen products and it also protects our environment.

Belonging to the same collection, Vita Power reduces the production of lactic acid thus boosting recovery: the perfect fabric for the creation of competition items.  Vita Suede, instead, has not been designed for sportswear but, thanks to its warm hand feel and suede effect, it is perfect for  glamourour items with an exquisite vintage touch reminding to the ’80s.

Are you after a fabric for trendy beachwear ? You can use Renew Rock by Jersey Lomellina, lightweight and elastic, it is eco-sustainable, with a special ottoman structure with 3D ribs and a soft hand feel, and it is made of ECONYL® regenerated yarn.

If you love draping, Renew Shine by Jersey Lomellina is your must have. Soft to the touch, extremely comfortable and pleasant to the touch, it is glossy and feminine, and combines performance, elegance and a love for the environment.

If you need to create trendy leggings with an ethical spirit, Renew Techno is your fabric. Made of  Ecoantex, from post-industrial and post consumer waste, it is also suitable for printing. It is non see-through, heavy and strong but with a pleasant hand feel, and support muscles during sport activities.

A new fashion for our planet

 Consumers have become increasingly aware of the negative impact generated by the purchase of fast fashion on the environment. This should promote the creation of new clothing items made of recycled materials.

Nowadays, the fashion industry can produce items which may lead us towards a less polluted future, where clothes are no longer worth the destruction of our planet but are respectful of the environment and may give a new, exciting life to what was once just waste. Those who understand the importance of this global transformation and wishes to take part in it, will enjoy the related benefits both in terms of face value and revenues.

Carvico and Jersey Lomellina fabrics made of recycled fibers with a low environmental impact, offer designers unprecedented quality and performance. Fashion and Eco-friendliness are the key words for the future

Comments are closed.