From ancient tradition to high-tech innovations, fabric has undergone rapid transformations with the span of time. To sustain their slice of pie in the textile market, and attract more customers, apparel manufacturers come up with novel ideas. The current trend in selling products those goes with ecological lifestyle. Sustainable clothing is a virtuous part of ecological and growing design philosophy. Ethical practices are adopted to reduce the carbon footprint. There is an array of apparels seen in the market, made from recycled fabrics.
Recycled fashion goes together with sustainability:
Sustainable fashion supports and nourishes earth governed by the principles of organic fibres, recycling, free trade worker, and animal welfare. Recycling old fabrics is a part of the larger trend of sustainable fashion in which apparels are manufactured matching with the trends of environmentalism and social responsibility. Various materials, once its purpose is finished, instead of dumping in the garbage are recycled, and new apparels are made.
In an exclusive interview with Fibre2fashion, Mr. Akihiro Omatsuzawa, Chief of Technical Group of Japan Chemical Fibers Association (JCFA) says, "New recycling efforts have begun in areas of chemical fiber products using unconventional processes that take advantage of product characteristics, for instance, re-melting fiber to produce finished products or chemically decomposing and restoring it to the raw material stage."
Wear your coffee after drinking it!
Most of the times grounded coffee beans are thrown into the garbage, or sometimes are used as fertilizer. A new process has emerged in the fabric market, wherein; waste grounded coffee beans have witnessed a creative application in making recycled fabrics. Grounded coffee beans are converted into yarn, which is woven into shirts. The squandered coffee bean powder is transformed into interlaced fibers, which is made into fabric, and is tailored into garments. Garments are manufactured in many styles of knitted, woven, and soft shell fabrics. Two T-shirts can be made from one cup of coffee.
Attractive T-shirts from old PET bottles:
Recycled plastic bottles can now be produced into fibres, which can be used in making apparels and home textiles. Old and thrown away plastic bottles go through a number of processes before they are finally converted into fabrics and reach the racks of the clothing store. The bottles are processed separately by washing and granulating them. The flakes are melted and extruded through a showerhead type device and made into polyester strands. The strands are then stretched out to thin out and make them strong. These fibres are made into fabrics and are used for making apparels, home furnishings and other products creatively and usefully.
Eco friendly Shoes:
An American manufacturing company has come up with a shoe manufactured from waste leather, waste synthetic materials, and other substances available on the factory floor. The upper part is made from waste leather and synthetic materials, which are fixed together with zigzag stitches. The middle sole of the shoe uses scrap-ground foam from factory production. Shoelaces and sock liners are made from eco friendly materials. To make the mission perfect in all the ways, the shoe is even packed in a cardboard shoe-packing box, which will be made only out of recycled materials.
Wear your favorite music around your neck!
Tapes from old and worn out audio cassettes are recycled and are used for making neck ties. Old and unused audio cassette tapes are recycled, and beautiful neckties are made from it. 50% of the materials of these ties are made from old and recorded audio cassette tape and the remaining 50% is blended with color thread.
Recycling old textile waste would minimize landfill deposits. Attempts to minimize wastage are now on focus due to increased environmental awareness. Currently, there is an increasing awareness among people regarding waste collection and recycling. Developing a potential market for recycled textiles by buying such recycled products will reduce the wastage going to landfill.