New production chains are increasingly developing to face the problems related to textile and plastic waste and to the necessity to save water, energy, fibres, materials by extending the life of fibres and yarns.
Thanks to these processes recycled raw materials can be used to create innovative fancy yarns.
Once discarded knitted and woven textiles as well as garments can be diverted and put to re-use with new technologies.
Whether composed of mono-materials, natural fibres or synthetic, waste textiles undergo mainly mechanical processes to be turned into yarns and transformed once again into usable textiles in a zero waste cycle of regeneration.
The challenges are great and the production of the resulting products needs to be traceable and certified to offer complete transparency following the requirements of international regulations.
The GRS – Global Recycling Standard is one of the leading certifications that promotes responsible and sustainable development in the textile industry, while enhancing the importance of recycling textile waste, promoting the reduction of resource consumption and increasing the quality of recycled materials.
The GRS provides verified environmental statement which proves the content of recycled materials of the products (both intermediate and finished) and the compliance with environmental and social criteria in the whole production chain.
The offer of recycled yarns is growing from season to season starting with fine and coarser yarns in 100% recycled polyester with a fluid silky touch and appearance.
Enhanced by high fashionable sparkling effects.
Of great newness are the interseasonal qualities where recycled polyester blends with organic cotton. Corded yarns, clean chainette effects and fine cablés.
The perfection and preciousness of extrafine organic cotton blends.
To be noticed the new generation of yarns made from post-consumer polyester recycled by plastic bottles blended with a part of pre-consumer recycled cotton by the textile industry, with a characteristic casual look.
Also cashmere can be regenerated in new high quality yarns in solid colours or mélange and mouliné in a variety of counts.
As well as extrafine merino wool maintaining the delicacy and softness of the original fibres.
All products that are composed of at least 20% of pre-consumer and post-consumer recycled materials can be GRS certified.