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What is recycled clothing? The benefits and sustainability

Updated: Apr 28

Recycled clothing from India

In recent years recycled clothing has taken the world by storm. More and more companies are looking for ways to offer a sustainable and eco-friendly option to their customers but what are the benefits in doing so?

What is recycled clothing?

Recycled clothing is typically made out of re purposed cotton and polyester fabrics.

You will normally find that the polyester is made from plastic bottles, the cotton can come from pieces of fabric made for garments but never got used. It can also come from materials sent to textile recycling factories, given a second life as clothing fibre

What are the benefits?

Whether you are looking to use recycled clothing for garment decoration or just for casual wearing there are many benefits. Here are some of our favourites;

  • Environmentally friendly The fashion industry is estimated to be responsible for 10% of global carbon emissions, recycled clothing reduces the reliance on new materials being manufactured helping lower the damage we are doing to the planet

  • Reducing Landfill Most plastics will take years to decompose in landfill and damage the planet whilst doing so, recycled garments reduce the amount we are putting into landfill while also giving the materials a new lease of life

  • Saves resources It takes roughly 5 plastic bottles for enough polyester for one T-Shirt to be manufactured and the cotton comes from unwanted materials. This means that it takes 90% less water for the polyester to be manufactured and the cotton uses 88% less water and 62% less energy

is recycled clothing sustainable?

Recycled clothing is a big step towards a more sustainable fashion industry but like any solution, it's not perfect

Recycled materials do require less resources like water, energy and chemicals to produce, but as the fabrics are being re used everything that goes through the recycling factories is different. This means different materials require different processes to be fit for purpose, although this lessens the reliance on growing new crops like cotton and keeping clothing out of landfill, not everything can be used


Overall recycled clothing and using recycled materials in general is an amazing step forward at becoming more eco conscious and becoming a more sustainable society as a whole, by making sure you are buying from a reputable source and quality brands you will be making a great decision by choosing to wear recycled clothing

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