The Origin of Recycled Fabric
I need to tell you a story before starting to talk about the recycled fabric.
Let’s trace back to November 15th, 2007. The front door of Goodwill was crowned with a lot of people. It’s a second hand garment shop located in Fillmore street, San Francisco. They were waiting the latest released garment of famous designer Nick Graham. These clothes were all made from used garments.
Nick only wanted to set up an organic cotton production line at the first time. But when he was passing by the Goodwill. He saw so many used clothes only can be throw as garbage. Suddenly a new idea burst in his mind.
He built a new brand named William Good. The clothes in Goodwill which cannot be sold within 3 months will send to Nick’s factory. Being crushed and redesigned to new clothes.
The fashion trend of garment in recycled fabric also swept UK. From that time, some local brands such as Traidremade, Worn Again, JunkyStyling were all starting to collect the used clothes, used bottles to make the recycled garment. The recycled yarn material showed carbon footprint from Taiwan China also used to make new cloth.
The Recycled Fabric in China
When did China start to use recycled material in clothing? We need to trace back to 2002. Japan developed a new fabric named ECO CIRCLE. The original source was recycled polyester clothes. Crushing it and do some chemical process to reproduce it to polyester material. Patagonia, an U.S. incumbent company for outdoor products also use this material. The Chinese sport brand LI-NING brought this idea into China. Using this material in the tennis training collection.
LI-NING collected the used clothes. But only the used one in tennis collection. Sending it to factory to decompose by chemical process. These used clothes will become the new fabric to make new garment. They will have a “cloth annual ring”tag. The bigger number it shows the more recycled time they’ve been through. It will reduce 80% of the energy cost and carbon emission.
The GRS (Global Recycle Standard) drafted by Control Union Certifications on 2008 and shift the ownership to Textile Exchange on 2011. It’s an international standard for third party recycled content. The clothes will have a tag on it to let customer know the original material.
High Recycle Cost
More and more brands start to use recycled fabric. But the recycled cost problem starting to block the eco friendly fabric fashion. According to research, the recycling cost is high. It’s almost the same cost as making the new material from petroleum.
What Does World Do About Recycled Fabric?
Fashion industry is changing under the recycling trend. There’re lot of problems we will face. Many things we need to think and solve. Brand, designer, sewing factory, fabric supplier, and yarn supplier should unite together to make the trend keep going on.
It’s good to see many famous international companies are keep working on it. Like REPREVE. Lot of fashion brands are pushing this fashion trend to the whole world. You can find so many recycled collections in nice pattern and sewing. Many institutes are working on the new material development. Now they can make material by coffee grounds, coconut shell, etc.
What Does Pariss Do About Recycled Fabric?
Pariss works on this area for years. It costs us months to solve the high MOQ problem of recycled yarn in production. We reduce the MOQ of our yarn dyed recycled collection from 10,000 meter per color to 2000 meter. Tag and test certification from authority can be provided in bulk.
Our R&D is continually working on the recycled fabric collection. More new designs are under development. Will upload to website collection soon as possible. Click and check what we have now.
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