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We’re collaborating with a new Hong Kong recycling plant that has dramatically improved the fibre recovery process.
Pre and post–consumer textile waste is collected from people and businesses around Sydney, NSW. Including charity stores, manufacturers, fashion labels and retailers.
Collected waste is sent to the Hong Kong recycling plant for fibre recovery, where everything is Ozone laundered, colour sorted and shredded down to a fibrous fleece.
Recovered waste fibres are combined with complementary virgin fibres and spun into various weights of yarn. This happens at a spinning mill in Zhuhai, China– about 80km west of Hong Kong.
The resulting weights comprise our range of recycled yarns, suitable for independent makers and commercial manufacturers.
‘Fibre First’ design
To avoid the use of water, bleach and dyestuff, waste items are mechanically sorted by colour before shredding. Once spun, this results in a tonally consistent yarn; the colour of which is entirely determined by the different waste items that were combined to create it.
Advancing our capacity to recycle textiles is crucial if we hope to shift society away from its current reliance on landfill.
This unsustainable reliance on landfill is pushing Australians down a dangerous path towards environmental degradation.
Intervention is more necessary than ever. This includes better, more environmentally conscientious production practices, a less wasteful approach to consumption and use, and the development of more comprehensive civic and industrial systems to recycle waste. The latter being what we’re focused on.