Based in Finland, the Relooping Fashion Initiative is working towards becoming the first ever closed loop textile recycling company. By taking on a new cellulose dissolution technology, the zero waste initiative aims to transform worn out cotton clothing into new, high quality fibres that can be reused within the textile industry, eventually to be used on a mass scale.
“Re-producing old cotton clothing into new material has been very challenging, because the worn-out fibers are too short to be spun into new thread. New cotton also needs to be added to each batch, making 100% post-consumer-waste textiles an impossible dream. Until now.”
Not only is this a mammoth achievement, but Relooping has also managed not only to maintain the quality of re-produced fibres, but actually improve on it, without the use of any harmful chemicals. By the end of 2016, the aim is to have the first clothing line made from 100% recycled fibres, which will also be available commercially. The new technology was developed by the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and could be the answer to our clothing waste once used on a widespread scale. Watch this space!