RECYCLED COTTON

RECYCLED COTTON

THE TIME IS NOW

And Here’s Why

Sustainability continues to be at the forefront of product decisions, brand initiatives and strategic planning in the textile industry. The use of recycled materials, including recycled cotton, is a growing topic of interest. Let’s see why it’s so important:

Growing cotton is an extremely resource-intense crop in terms of water, pesticides and insecticides, the current cotton production methods are environmentally unsustainable and has already caused severe droughts in some areas and polluted rivers and groundwater.

This means that using recycled cotton can lead to significant savings of natural resources, less energy consumption and CO2 emissions and reduce pollution from agriculture.

WHAT IS RECYCLED COTTON?

Recycled cotton can be generally defined as converting cotton fabric into cotton fiber that can be reused in textile products. Recycled cotton is also commonly referred to as regenerated cotton, reclaimed cotton or shoddy.

Textile recycling is generated from two primary sources:

  • PRE – CONSUMER: Diverted from the waste stream during the manufacturing process. For example, a factory that cuts patterns for clothing out of big sheets of fabric and has all the in-between pieces to discard. The scraps of such cut and sew facilities are post-industrial cotton “waste” that have the capacity to be recycled. 
  • POST – CONSUMER: comes from discarded textile products. Includes garments, upholstery, towels, household items to be repurposed.

Here are the main figures & benefits from using recycled cotton:

Also, the process of recycling can divert many products from landfills. According to the Council for Textile Recycling, annual textile waste is estimated to more than 25 billions pounds in just USA. The agency also reports more than 21 billion pounds of post-consumer textile waste ends up in landfills every year with only 15 percent of all post-consumer textiles enter the recycling stream.

HOW IS RECYCLED COTTON MADE?

During the recycling process, the cotton waste is first sorted by type and color and then processed through stripping machines that break the yarns and fabric into smaller pieces before pulling them apart into fiber. The mix is carded several times in order to clean and mix the fibers before they are spun into new yarns:

POLO – OUR NEW RECYCLED COTTON BEST SELLER

HISPANO TEX has launched a new recycled fabric made of pre-consumer cotton and recycled polyester from plastic bottles.

Its composition is 87% cotton & 13% PES (100% GRS) and weight: 210 gr/m2. This fabric is certified by GRS (Global Recycled Standard): an international, voluntary, full product standard that sets requirements for third-party certification of Recycled Content, chain of custody, social and environmental practices, and chemical restrictions.

POLO is available in 26 different colors and ready to be shipped. You can download more information about POLO here:

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