Reutilising products at the end of use is crucial to become circular and one such way is to recycle textiles. After a year of research and discovery, Loomstate has identified two primary pilot projects and partnerships that will ultimately help the brand achieve its 2020 Commitment targets on textile recycling.
To recycle textiles, Loomstate developed and piloted an internal take-back and collection scheme for used garments with two of its clients. The brand then created two separate projects to address the reuse and recyclability of its post-consumer products. The first one is an internally led design project that reimagines and redesigns new products from used, durable post-consumer products, while the second is a collaboration with a textile recycler to fully recycle post-consumer products and reincorporate them into new yarns and fabrics.
Collaboration is key
Loomstate’s main takeaway thus far was recognising the importance of partnerships in accomplishing its circularity goals, in terms of the end-user/client, in-house teams and its textile recyclers and mills. One of the brand’s most important collaborations yet is with textile recycling innovator Tyton Biosciences, which develops solutions for processing organic cotton and recycled poly-organic cotton waste. This partnership allows the brand to work closely with the textile recycling process to test disruptive, clean proprietary technology and participate in recovery solutions for post-consumer fibre re-use. The work is ongoing and Loomstate has recycled about 7,000 mono-fibres and blended garments to date in 2019. The recycled cellulose and polyester end-product is returned to the fashion supply chain for re-use in Loomstate’s and other brands’ collections, creating opportunities for even more partnerships and collaborations.
Integrating post-consumer textile fibres into collections
For the remainder of 2019 Loomstate will continue to collect used products and recycle mono-fibres and blended garments. It will also work with its product development and design departments to redesign new products from post-consumer materials. What is more, the brand will test the renewed fibres in its own products and introduce a new product, utilising post-consumer textile fibres into its core collection.