We’re collaborating with a Hongkongese textile manufacturer who have dramatically improved the fibre recycling process.
Their state–of–the–art recycling facility can clean, sort, shred and reconstitute textile waste to be spun into new yarn; giving a second life to discarded textiles that would otherwise end up in Australian landfill.
Textile waste is collected from people and businesses around Australia. We’re currently well on our way to amassing the 100kg we need to begin production
Collected waste is sent to Hong Kong recycling plant for processing, where it is Ozone laundered, mechanically sorted and shredded.
Shredded waste is combined with complementary fibres and spun into various weights of yarn. This happens at a separate facility in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, China
Resulting yarn is sold as is or knitted into new products, designed by us and comprising our commercial line of recycled knitwear & knitted homewares.
‘Fibre First’ design
Rather than bleaching or re–dyeing anything, waste items are mechanically sorted into various colour combinations before shredding. This results in a beautiful Mélange yarn, coloured by all 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.
With global consumption of apparel and footwear estimated to increase by 63% in the coming decade, intervention at both ends of the product lifecycle is more necessary than ever. This includes better, more environmentally conscientious production practices and the development of more comprehensive civic and industrial systems to recycle waste. Which is where we come in.