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Recycling converts waste into new materials. Textile recyclers break down
waste fabric and scraps into new materials to create new fibers.
It's a conscious alternative to conventional waste disposal.
Recycled cotton, also known as upcycled cotton, is a natural material made of
cellulose fibers extracted from renewable resources, cotton waste, gathered
from second-hand clothing, textile waste, or leftovers of cotton production.
Recycled or upcycled cotton is even more environmentally friendly than organic cotton and performs just as well. It limits textile waste caused by regular cotton production and minimizes the environmental impact of clothes by reducing the amount of textile waste ending up in landfills.
Also, Recycled cotton demands much fewer resources to manufacture than
conventional or organic cotton and minimizes the environmental impact of cotton
production drastically. Recycling one ton of cotton can save up to 765 cubic meters
of water. To make sure the recycled fibres used are traceable, we use recycled fibres
which are certified by the Global Recycle Standard (GRS) or Recycled Claim Standard (RCS).
The GRS is most comprehensive and ensures requirements for social responsibility, environmental management and chemical restrictions are met.
With the GOTS certificate, we are ensured that cotton fibres are actually organically
produced. Organic production is based on a system of farming that maintains and
replenishes soil fertility without the use of toxic pesticides or fertilizers.
It also prohibits genetically modified organisms.
The Global Organic Textile Standard certifies a product is made of at least 70%
of organic fibers. GOTS certification governs the use of chemical products throughout
the value chain, from the cleaning of the fibers to the finishing. It checks water and energy
consumption as well as waste and wastewater management, thus guaranteeing an
environmental footprint and optimal safety for workers and consumers.
GOTS also ensures the respect and improvement of working conditions according to the criteria of the International Labour Organisation (ILO)
The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), a global not-for-profit organisation, is the world's largest cotton sustainability programme and its mission is to help cotton communities survive and thrive, while protecting and restoring the environment.
BCI aims to transform cotton production worldwide, by addressing the negative impacts of cotton growing and processing. Through its work with a diverse range of stakeholders across the supply chain, BCI promotes continuous improvements that are measurable for the environment, farming communities and the economies of cotton-producing areas.