How is wool recycled?
Recycled clothing is collected from recycling banks, retailers’ take back schemes and from manufacturers’ waste and taken to recycling projects to be processed. Once there it is sorted into material type, such as wool/wool mix and cotton.
The recycled textiles are sorted into colour, and then in colour batches are broken down into fibres. These fibres are processed back up into yarn, and this yarn is what is then woven back into fabric.
We use this fabric to create our beautiful recycled wool blankets and cushions. The original wool fabrics make up the final colour - no dyes are added - and if you look closely you can even see the variety of garment colours that make up the finished yarns.
Recycling Reduces Waste
Recycling textiles reduces greenhouse gases and saves landfill space. By reusing the yarn to create items with a long lifetime, such as our blankets + cushions, it delays and reduces the quantity of textiles that go to waste.
Extends Wool Lifecycle
Research by the ‘Centre for Colour and Textile Science’ at Leeds University has actually shown that wool products have the potential for two or more uses or ‘lives’ and a total ‘active life’ of 20-30 years.
Many container ships return to India empty and often have to have water filled barrels put on board to keep the ship balanced in the water. So adding ‘cargo’ such as recycled clothing to these ships can be helpful.
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