Life cycle assessment of each product
In recent years, the theme of recycling textile waste is increasingly present in the fashion industry. The goal is bringing worn fabrics, called “rags”, back to new life, is in fact part of the concept of Circular economy and Ecodesign.
In what way? Through the enhancement of a textile production that takes into account the life cycle of each product, reducing as much as possible the environmental impact. This is how virtuous projects for the production of regenerated fabrics are born.
Energy-saving and waste reduction
What are the benefits of generating new fabrics from rags? First of all, the preservation of the planet’s natural resources, thanks to the reduction of raw materials, water, and energy consumption.
Not only that, because by recycling and reusing materials already processed, it is also possible to reduce the use of dyes and chemicals, as well as the emission of carbon dioxide. In this way, the development of the circular economy is promoted by opposing the linear economy system.
Recovery, processing, new life: the phases of textile recycling
Recycled fashion is the future of an industry that increasingly focuses on the concept of Sustainability. The main phases of the recycling process of fabrics are three. The first is the recovery of the rags. This means the collection of used fabrics from used textile scraps or garments.
The second is the processing: the rags are divided by color and type, then giving life to the process that transforms them into regenerated raw materials. Then begins the third phase of the “new life”. The regenerated raw material is in fact the starting point of the production process that generates a new fabric.
Prato: city symbol of recycled textile
The companies of the textile district of Prato, for years, represent a virtuous example of valorization of textile recycling. A model that has been followed by many other Italian companies convinced that the transformation of rags into new fabrics represents the future of the sector.
Yarns and carded fabrics, made through the use of virgin fibers or recycled from knitwear waste, are the concrete example of this commitment to textile sustainability, as demonstrated by the companies belonging to Consorzio Detox. This process gives life to textile products at a high level.