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How to Prepare for the Ecolabel Law

How to Prepare for the Ecolabel Law

How To Prepare For The Ecolabel LawOne of the European Commission’s main objectives in dealing with the actual climate emergency that the planet is experiencing is related to transparency. As environmental education and consumer awareness grow, companies have taken advantage of it by communicating green claims or properties from their products or services whose integrity has yet to be demonstrated.This type of practice, also known as Greenwashing is being faced by the EU through different legislations whose objective is to enhance transparency and give information to consumers, and initiatives such as the Ecolabel have arrived to add extra value to environmentally efficient products.What is the Ecolabel?The ecolabel emerged 30 years ago, known as the “Community Eco-label” which tried to influence consumers to greener choices, providing a reliable guide towards environmental care. The former ecolabel has evolved and, nowadays, it is an award to products and services which have a lower environmental impact than their competence consumed in the EU market. we can find a wide range of products under these regulations:- Cleaning products- Clothes and textiles- Coverings- Do-it-yourself materials- Electronic equipment- Furniture and mattresses- Gardening- Vacation accommodation- Lubricants- Paper- Personal and animal care productsAll the products included in this list have the most environmental performance over the whole life cycle, and just 10-20% of the total products available on the European market fit its requirements.Every sector has its special requirements and solutions to reduce its climate footprint and achieve the European Ecolabel. For example, the textile industry can bet on more innovative materials which reduces the industry climate impact, or can resort to deadstock fabrics marketplaces.EU Ecolabel criteriaThere is not just one single list of requirements that covers all the product categories included on the Ecolabel. Every category has its characteristics and climate impact, so its requirements are adapted to them.Even if it is not possible to define a unique list of requirements, the criteria for them are common for all the products, following ethical and circular economy motivations, all of them devised using scientific data on the whole of a product’s life cycle, from product development to disposal. They cover environmental and climate impact, health, safety, social, and ethical aspects and promote durability, recyclability, and recycled materials used on them.The regulation for the textile industryThe textile industry become one the principles polluting reasons of the world, so promoting environmentally respectful practices on it is very important to reduce its climate footprint. The European Ecolabel has defined two separate directives, one that covers textile products and another one that covers footwear, whose validity will be from the 31st of December of 2025. That means that textile industry companies have almost 2 years to prepare and adopt circular economy solutions to achieve the Ecolabel for their products.For the textile industry, the European Ecolabel guarantees:- Natural-origin raw materials are sustainably managed- Reduced pollution in production processes- Minimised use of hazardous substances- Tested for durabilityOn the other hand, the requirements for them are related with:- Manufacturing   - Materials used during the production process   - Water consumption and emissions   - Hazardous substances   - Corporate social responsibility   - Components and accessories   - How energy-efficient is the production process- Usability   - Packaging   - User information   - Durability   - Fitness for use How Recovo can help you with Ecolabel To ensure transparency and obtain for the ecolabel or to communicate to your consumers, data is essential. The data must contain information about the different parts that involve the whole product lifecycle, it is more than its composition. At Recovo, we consider it, so we add information about fabric composition and other information related to its impact on the environment and traceability, such as water, CO2, and chemical emissions in every order at Recovo’s deadstock fabrics marketplace. This information is not only useful for the ecolabel but also for the Digital Product Passport, which will also be introduced in 2025. This valuable extra information aims to materialize what we are achieving for the environment, adding realistic data about how this type of service can reduce the textile industry’s climate footprint personalized for any order. Another Recovo service for the circular economy is the software to manage warehouse stocks to reduce waste and production costs CiMS. Reducing overconsumption is one of the easiest ways for companies to reduce their waste and production costs, reducing raw material extraction and manufacturing environmental emissions.

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How to implement the Digital Product Passport?

How to implement the Digital Product Passport?

How To Implement The Digital Product Passport?One of the most important objectives that the European Union is seeking involves a circular economy. Based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG), which focus on achieving circular business models to reduce human climate fingerprint, the EU is regulating several industries, such as the textile industry, and developed the Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation or ESPR, which one of its most relevant points is the Digital Product Passport or DPP.What is the EU Digital Product Passport?According to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the EU DPP is:“The DPP is a tool to create transparency and unlock circularity proposed by the European Commission (EC) that will share product information across the entire value chain, including data on raw material extraction, production, recycling, etc.”WORLD BUSINESS COUNCIL FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, 2023The motivations for the European Commission Digital Passport are:- Ensure products’ transparency and traceability and share their essential information about circularity and sustainability.- Creating new business opportunities for circular economic business models.- Empower society’s decision choices with information about what they consume.- Allowing authorities to verify compliance with legal requirements.- Ensure the repair rights of consumers.The European Commission’s Digital Product Passport is expected to be implemented by 2026 per product group, with consumer electronics and fashion as the first ones to require the DPP.As the textile industry will be one of the first product groups that will require this tool to distribute their products within the European market, fashion brands must implement circular solutions such as Recovo’s marketplace for deadstock fabrics to achieve this objective of turning this industry to a circular model that is necessary to preserve our planet.What the Digital Product Passport must include?EU DPP is going to be shared with consumers by QR codes that will label the following information:- Raw material sources: Many consumers need to be made aware of the environmental impact associated with raw material extraction and management. Exploitative practices, deforestation, and high levels of carbon sequestration often occur in the undeveloped countries where these materials are sourced, highlighting the need for increased transparency through DPP.- Design: Ecodesign plays a critical role in lengthening product lifecycles and minimizing raw material extraction and manufacturing environmental footprint. It goes beyond aesthetics, considering durability, modularity, repairability, and end-of-life disassembly for recycling as key points.- Manufacturing: Manufacturing processes can significantly impact a product’s environmental footprint, contributing to pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Consumers deserve transparency throughout the supply chain, and therefore manufacturers should be required to declare both their waste management practices and the carbon footprint generated during the manufacturing stage. A good stock and waste management can even reduce costs to companies, adopting SaaS such as Recovo’s option for textile companies reduces manufacturers’ waste production and optimizes manufacturing processes.- Distribution: Europe relies on imports from various parts of the world which leads to significant carbon emissions associated with transportation. The DPP could play a valuable role in addressing this issue, providing transparency and quantifying the embedded carbon footprint of imported goods.- Circularity: While many consumers have become accustomed to a ‘buy and discard’ mentality, promoting circular practices like repair and reuse through DPP is key to reducing society’s environmental impact. This responsibility lies with consumers and companies, that must provide data about how to extend their products’ lifecycle.Benefits of the Digital Product PassportEU DPP and ESPR are not just taught to safeguard the environment. Companies from all over the world can also benefit from this upcoming regulation. The most important ones are:- Developing new business models: The adoption of this new Digital Product Passport creates and modifies different business models and offers the possibility to grow to those companies whose capabilities adapt better and faster to this new regulation.Circularity creates new opportunities for repairing companies or enriching marketing and sales operations due to customer experiences related to repairing or reusing, among others.- Increase consumer trust: Everything related to companies and product transparency is positive for consumers. Giving extra information to a company’s consumers is positive for them, empowering the reasons why they choose a brand.- Validate green claims: As greenwashing is a trend for some industry that develops non-ethical marketing strategies, DPP is going to validate those circular claims.- Consumer Protection: The information given by DPP will ensure quality and sustainability standards. This information can be used by consumers to validate their quality requirements.- Ensure Compliance: With the newest regulations, the obligation for companies to communicate this information, is going to legitimate and monitor their compliance, and this data will be easily tracked and accessed by authorities. EXPLORE OUR SELECTION OF CIRCULAR FABRICS SHOP How to adapt to Digital Product Passport1. Adopt the newest circular regulations: Adopting the different requirements that the future regulations will require.2. Evaluate data: Checking the data required for the DPP, their identification, and which ones are actually missing to organize data compilation processes.3. Company organization: Involucrate and align every department involved in the Digital Product Passport, such as production, IT, marketing, etc., and prepare them for future changes.4. Plan for the changes in technology: Communicate, prepare, and verify how our technology can assume DPP’s technological requirements changes.ConclusionsThe newest EU circular regulations are going to land in the next months, so companies must adapt to them. Digital Product Passport is one of the most visible changes that industries such as textiles must adopt to ensure consumers’ knowledge to develop new circular behaviors in society.Companies have ethical and legal obligations to adopt newer ways to develop their operations that drive different ways of producing, manufacturing, and consuming.The circular economy business model is the future of the European Union model and organizations that operate there must transform the way we have been producing during the last years, where mass production was the main objective and sustainability was forgotten.Digital Product Passport and the Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation landscape is going to land in the next years, aiming for a greener future for European society. DO YOU WANT TO BE UPDATED WITH ALL THE NEWS ABOUT CIRCULARITY IN FASHION? Subscribe to Newsletter

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What is Extended Producer Responsibility and how does it affect Textile and Fashion Brands?

What is Extended Producer Responsibility and how does it affect Textile and Fashion Brands?

What Is Extended Producer Responsibility And How Does It Affect Textile And Fashion Brands?Nowadays, due to climate change and the environmental awareness that our society is facing, authorities and governments around the world have started their shift to other business models that involve a circular economy. The Extended Producer Responsibility, or EPR, is one of the most important regulations that the European Commission is going to implement by the end of 2024.What is the EU Extended Producer Responsibility?“The Extended Producer Responsibility, or EPR, is an environmental policy approach in which a product’s responsibility for a product is extended to the post-consumer stage of a lifecycle.”OECD (ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT)This policy was made by the European Commission in 2023, and the first taxes will be introduced by the end of 2024. Its motivation is related to encouraging companies to elevate their waste recycling levels and to promote innovation and research for sustainable solutions. Some of them, avoid these waste management methods because of their costs, so EPR will incentive them to recycle or reuse.This new regulation affects especially how companies will collect and recycle packaging.The EPR is characterised by:- Shifting responsibility towards producers when designing their products, both physically or economically, and fully or partially.- Provisioning of incentives to producers to take into account environmental considerations when designing their products.EPR for textiles in EuropeThe textile and fashion industries are one of the most important and polluting industries in the world. As Recovo’s circularity report for the fashion industry introduced, 43% of the Spanish fashion brands recycle their textile waste, for example. This situation created dumps in the middle of the environment of countries that are not prepared to manage them, such as the Atacama desert textile dump increasing the industry’s footprint, which is already one of the biggest in the world, so the Extended Producers Regulation forces companies to reduce it.The EPR defines clearly what is and what is not textile waste, which should prevent waste from being exported under the pretext of reusing. Other regulation under this landscape involves how and where the non-reusable waste is exported. This will only be allowed if it is guaranteed correct and green environmental management, so it will be important for brands to implement circular solutions such as recycling services for textile waste or selling their deadstock fabrics, within others.Currently, some European countries are applying or starting to apply this policy:EPR in FranceFrance has EPR systems for textiles running in the industry. French manufacturers are responsible for the recycling and final disposal of their products.EPR in the NetherlandsThe Netherlands introduced Extended Producers’ Responsibility in 2023. Manufacturers, importers, and even online fashion shops are responsible for financing, collecting, and recycling or reusing clothing and household textile waste.EPR in ItalyThe Italian government presented a project law in 2023 which established the design, production, elimination, and recycling of textile waste. The system proposed makes producers responsible for assuming the costs for waste separate collection.The designing process also is in this project law, requiring manufacturers to design products that can be reused, repaired, or recycled in the future.EPR in SwedenSweden has also defined a project law related to the EPR, which is going to be implemented in 2024, and some of the Swedish biggest fashion brands, such as H&M, have already created textile collection systems for recycling them.EPR’s objectivesSeparate CollectionOne of the biggest challenges for EPR is the optimization of the separate collection methods. It is important to make it effortless to motivate companies to separate their waste. This is the starting point for other circular economy techniques such as reusing, recycling, or upcycling, among others.Another challenge for a correct separate collection method is to measure it properly. The Extended Producer Responsibility requires a lot of data to understand how the textile industry’s efforts are to reduce its climate footprint and to define future rates to achieve for the sector. Companies must collect data about how are they separating their waste to define the next steps for this waste, how it be treated in the future, and to incentivize or penalize companies depending on their compliance.Reuse and RecycleThis objective is related to the Waste Framework Directive. The EPR framework will provide objectives for reusing and recycling textile waste by the end of 2024. Waste management is one of the most important goals for our society, especially for industries such as textile, where zero waste manufacturing is now the target of many authorities and organizations as one of the most important goals for reducing the huge fashion industry climate footprint.Repair and remanufactureGuarantee to repair and remanufacturing is one of the most important objectives to achieve a circular economy, so the EPR introduces its costs into it to develop its taxes to incentivize good practices, always prioritizing textile-to-textile recycling.ConclusionsEPR is one of the policies or directives that are going to change European textile production and consumption forever. Brands all around the content must be prepared to comply with them and begin the introduce circular solutions into their processes, not only because the law is demanding it, but also because the environment and the society are also demanding.The textile and fashion industry is the most important focus for this type of regulation, and we have already seen how many of the biggest brands in the market are introducing new collections or other circular services to comply with this new European Regulation. 2024 and 2025 will be one of the most important years for circularity when the Extended Producers Responsibility is going to be implemented, so the industry must prepare for everything that is coming.

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Poplin fabric: what it is, characteristics, uses and more

Poplin fabric: what it is, characteristics, uses and more

Pleated Fabric: What It Is, Characteristics, Applications And MorePoplin fabric is a popular choice for many outfits; its soft texture and elasticity make it a must-have fabric for both formal and casual wear. In this article, we will find out what poplin fabric is, its usage characteristics and its impact on the environment.What is poplin fabric?Poplin is a type of plain fabric made from cotton, silk, wool, synthetic fibers, or a blend of these. Its characteristic ribbed texture is achieved by alternating a tightly woven and a looser weave, resulting in a soft, crisp finish that is durable and breathable.Characteristics of poplin fabricPoplin fabric is known for its durability and breathability. The fabric’s tight weave makes it wrinkle-resistant, making it a popular choice for dress shirts and other formal wear. Its lightweight texture also makes it a comfortable choice for summer garments such as dresses, skirts and blouses.Furthermore, Poplin fabric is very versatile, especially when it comes to colors and prints, as it can be easily dyed and printed with a variety of designs, making it a popular choice for custom garments. EXPLORE OUR SELECTION OF POPLIN FABRICS SHOP Uses of poplin fabricPoplin fabric is a popular choice for a wide range of garments, from dresses and skirts to blouses and dress shirts. Its durability and wrinkle resistance make it a popular choice for formal garments, while its lightweight texture makes it comfortable for casual garments.One of the most common applications for poplin fabric is dress shirts. The fabric’s soft texture and wrinkle resistance make it a popular choice for dress shirts that need to look crisp and professional. Poplin dress shirts are usually made from cotton and synthetic fibers, which helps improve their durability and wrinkle resistance.Poplin fabrics that are made of cotton are a popular choice for summer garments such as dresses, skirts and blouses. The cotton’s lightness and breathability make it a comfortable choice for warm weather, while its smooth texture gives it a polished, sophisticated look.Another popular application for poplin fabric is suits. Poplin suits are usually made from a blend of wool and synthetic fibers, which enhances their durability and wrinkle resistance. Poplin suits are a popular choice for business attire, as they give a professional and polished look.Poplin fabric and the environmentAlthough poplin fabric is known for its durability, it is important to consider its impact on the environment. Poplin fabric production requires a significant amount of resources, such as water, energy and raw materials.To reduce the environmental impact of poplin fabric production, the best option for brands and companies is to reuse, recycle, and upcycle poplin fabrics that already exist. In Recovo, we have a wide selection of poplin fabrics (and other materials) that can be reused, and we also offer assistance on recycling and upcycling.When caring for poplin fabric garments, it is important to follow proper washing and drying instructions to prolong their life. Avoiding the use of harsh chemicals and opting for eco-friendly detergents can also help reduce the environmental impact of poplin fabric.In conclusion, Poplin fabric is a versatile and durable fabric used in a wide variety of garments. Its soft texture, breathability and wrinkle resistance make it a popular choice for both formal and casual wear, and by reusing, recycling, or upcycling it, we can source poplin fabric without harming the environment. DO YOU WANT TO BE UPDATED WITH ALL THE NEWS ABOUT CIRCULARITY IN FASHION? Subscribe to Newsletter

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How is cotton obtained to make fabrics and how are they manufactured?

How is cotton obtained to make fabrics and how are they manufactured?

How Is Cotton Obtained To Make Fabrics And How Are They Manufactured?Cotton, one of the world’s most widely used natural fibers, undergoes a long journey from the fields to the fabrics we wear every day. Understanding the process of obtaining cotton and transforming it into fabrics deepens our appreciation for this versatile material. In this article, we’ll explore the process of cotton production, from cultivation to manufacturing, and discover the necessary steps to create these comfortable and versatile fabrics.Cotton CultivationThe journey begins with cotton cultivation, which primarily takes place in regions with warm climates (cotton is native to tropical and subtropical regions like Egypt and India). The process involves several key steps:- Planting: Farmers carefully prepare the soil and sow cotton seeds during the appropriate season.- Growth and Maintenance: Successful cultivation of cotton requires a long frost-free period, plenty of sunshine, and a moderate rainfall. Farmers monitor their growth, remove weeds, and protect the plants from pests and diseases.- Harvesting: Once the cotton bolls reach maturity, they are ready for harvesting. This involves picking the bolls by hand or using mechanical equipment.Cotton ProcessingAfter harvesting, the cotton goes through various processing stages to prepare it for fabric manufacturing:- Ginning: The first step is ginning, where the cotton fibers are separated from the seeds and any remaining plant debris. This process is typically done using a cotton gin machine.- Cleaning: Next, the cotton undergoes cleaning processes to remove impurities, such as dirt, leaves, and small particles. Various machines, including cleaners and carding machines, are used for this purpose.- Carding and Combing: Carding straightens and aligns the cotton fibers, preparing them for spinning. Combing, an optional step, further refines the fibers, removing shorter ones and ensuring uniformity. EXPLORE OUR SELECTION OF COTTON FABRICS SHOP Fabric ManufacturingOnce the cotton fibers are processed, they are ready to be transformed into fabrics through manufacturing processes:- Spinning: The cotton fibers are spun into yarns using spinning machines. This process involves twisting the fibers together to create continuous strands of yarn.- Weaving or Knitting: The yarns are then used in weaving or knitting machines to create the fabric. Weaving involves interlacing the yarns in a crisscross pattern to form a stable fabric structure. Knitting uses loops of yarn to create a more flexible and stretchable fabric.- Finishing: After the fabric is woven or knitted, it undergoes various finishing processes. This includes washing, bleaching, dyeing, and printing to enhance its appearance, texture, and color.- Cutting and Sewing: The finished fabric is cut into pattern pieces and sewn together to create garments or other textile products. This stage involves skilled artisans and modern manufacturing techniques.Sustainability in Cotton Production and ManufacturingIn recent years, there has been a growing emphasis on sustainability in the cotton industry. These are some of the sustainable practices and initiatives associated with cotton production and manufacturing:- Organic Cotton: Organic cotton is cultivated without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs). It promotes soil health, reduces water consumption, and eliminates exposure to harmful chemicals. Shop Organic Cotton fabrics here.- Water Conservation: Cotton farming is often water-intensive, but efforts are being made to minimize water usage. Techniques such as drip irrigation and rainwater harvesting help reduce water consumption and promote more efficient irrigation practices.- Recycled Cotton: Recycling cotton waste and post-consumer textiles helps reduce the demand for new cotton production. By repurposing and upcycling cotton fibers, the industry minimizes waste and conserves resources. Shop recycled fabrics here.- Certified Cotton: Several certifications such as GRS and GOTS ensure sustainable and responsible cotton production. These certifications provide assurance to consumers that the cotton they purchase meets specific environmental and social standards. Shop fabrics with certifications here.- Traceability and Transparency: Consumers are increasingly demanding transparency in the cotton supply chain. By shopping fabrics from Recovo, you can make sure that the materials you purchase have full traceability information.- Circular Economy: The concept of a circular economy is gaining traction in the cotton industry. It focuses on reusing cotton products at the end of their lifecycle, minimizing waste and extending the lifespan of cotton fabrics. Shop circular cotton fabrics here.By embracing these sustainable practices, the cotton industry strives to minimize its environmental impact, conserve resources, and improve the livelihoods of cotton farmers and workers throughout the supply chain.ConclusionThe journey of cotton from cultivation to fabric manufacturing involves intricate processes, technological advancements, and sustainable practices. Understanding how cotton is obtained and transformed into fabrics allows us to appreciate the efforts made to create comfortable, versatile, and sustainable cotton textiles. By supporting sustainable cotton production, choosing organic or recycled cotton options, and advocating for circularity, transparency, and fair trade practices, we can contribute to a more sustainable and responsible fashion industry. DO YOU WANT TO BE UPDATED WITH ALL THE NEWS ABOUT CIRCULARITY IN FASHION? Subscribe to Newsletter

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What is silk and how is it made? Everything you need to know

What is silk and how is it made? Everything you need to know

What Is Silk And How Is It Made? Everything You Need To KnowSilk is a luxurious and highly prized fabric, known for its soft texture and lustrous appearance. It has been prized for centuries and is associated with elegance and sophistication. In this article we will discuss what silk is, how it is made and why it is so highly prized.What is silk?Silk is a natural fiber produced by silkworms. It is made from the cocoons spun by the larvae of the silk moth, known scientifically as Bombyx mori. The silk production process begins with the cultivation of silkworms and ends with the extraction of silk threads from the cocoons.Silk production processThe silk production process begins with the cultivation of silkworms. Silkworm eggs are carefully nurtured until they hatch into larvae. Once hatched, silkworms feed on mulberry leaves. They consume them voraciously and grow rapidly. During this period, which lasts about a month, they molt several times. After the last molt, they begin to weave their cocoons.Silkworms then secrete a sticky liquid called sericin, which hardens on contact with air, forming a protective cocoon. The cocoon serves as a shelter for the silkworm and is the source of silk fibers. Before the silkworms transform into moths, the cocoons are carefully harvested. To obtain long, continuous silk fibers, the cocoons are usually boiled, which kills the silkworms inside.Once the cocoons are collected, the process of reeling the silk begins. The cocoons are immersed in hot water to soften the sericin and facilitate the unwinding of the silk fibers. The fibers from several cocoons are carefully unwound and combined to form a single silk thread.Once the silk threads have been extracted, they are twisted to form the silk thread. The thread is dyed and prepared for weaving. Silk fabric is created by interweaving the threads on a loom, resulting in the production of various silk fabrics, such as silk satin, silk gauze and silk brocade.What are the characteristics of silk? Why is silk so highly valued?Silk is highly valued for several reasons:-Luxurious texture: silk fabric has a soft, smooth texture that feels wonderful against the skin. It is often described as the epitome of comfort and elegance.-Natural sheen: Silk has a natural luster that gives it a radiant appearance. This sheen contributes to its aesthetic appeal.-Breathability: Silk is a breathable fabric that helps regulate body temperature. It keeps you cool when it’s hot and retains heat when it’s cold.-Hypoallergenic: Silk is hypoallergenic and gentle to the skin. It is less likely to cause irritation or allergic reactions compared to synthetic fabrics.-Durable: Despite its delicate appearance, silk is a strong and durable fabric that can withstand regular use if properly cared for. Measure fashion’s environmental impact Discover the water used, CO2 & phosphorus emissions related to a garment or fashion collection with our calculator. DOWNLOAD THE CALCULATOR Can silk be dyed?Yes, silk can be dyed. In fact, silk fabric readily absorbs dyes, making it an excellent choice for vivid, long-lasting colors. The dyeing process can be carried out in several stages, such as dyeing the silk fibers prior to weaving or dyeing the finished silk fabric. Due to its absorbent nature, silk absorbs all types of dyes very well, resulting in rich, saturated colors.How do you know if a fabric is genuine silk?Determining the authenticity of silk fabric can be important when shopping. Here are some indicators to help you identify authentic silk:- Look at the sheen: Silk has a natural sheen that distinguishes it from other fabrics. It reflects light differently, giving it a distinctive sheen.- Examine the texture: Silk has a smooth, soft texture that feels luxurious to the touch. Run your fingers over the fabric to check its characteristic silkiness.- Perform a burn test: Take a small piece of fabric and carefully burn it. Genuine silk will give off a smell similar to burnt hair and leave a fine ash. Synthetic fabrics, on the other hand, usually give off a plastic-like smell and melt rather than burn.- Check for irregularities: Silk fibers are natural and may have slight irregularities, such as variations in thickness or occasional shedding (thicker sections). These imperfections are normal and can be a sign of authenticity.What are popular uses for silk?Silk is used in a wide range of products for its luxurious feel and elegant appearance. Some popular uses of silk are- Clothing: Silk is commonly used in the manufacture of luxury and high-end garments such as dresses, blouses, shirts, scarves, ties and lingerie. Its lightness and breathability make it ideal for warm weather garments.- Bedding: Silk bedding, including sheets, pillowcases and duvet covers, is prized for its soft texture, thermo-regulating properties and hypoallergenic nature. It offers a comfortable and luxurious sleeping experience.- Home décor: Silk fabrics are often used in home décor, such as curtains, upholstery and decorative pillows. The natural sheen and elegant drape of silk add a touch of sophistication to any space.- Accessories: Silk is also used in the creation of various accessories, such as handbags, wallets, hair accessories and ties. Its smooth surface and ability to hold vivid colors make it desirable for these types of items.If your company has surplus materials like textiles, yarns or trimmings, clear some space and earn money by selling it to other brands with Recovo. EXPLORE OUR SELECTION OF SILK FABRICS SHOP Silk CareTo preserve the beauty and longevity of silk garments, it is essential to follow proper care instructions:-Hand wash or dry clean: The best way to care for silk fabric is to hand wash it or take it to a professional dry cleaner. Always check the specific instructions on the care label.-Mild detergent: When washing silk, use a mild, pH-neutral detergent designed for delicate fabrics. Avoid harsh chemicals and bleach.-Gentle Handling: When washing or handling silk, avoid wringing, twisting or vigorous rubbing. Instead, gently wring out excess water and lay flat to dry.-Ironing: If necessary, iron silk garments at a low temperature or use a cloth to avoid direct contact with the iron.Is silk sustainable and environmentally friendly?There are some ecological aspects to silk production, but there are also certain considerations to take into account. Here are some points regarding the sustainability of silk:-Natural and biodegradable: silk is obtained from the cocoon spun by silkworms, which makes it a natural and biodegradable material. It is a renewable resource, and its production involves minimal use of chemicals compared to synthetic fibers.-Lower water consumption: Silk production generally requires less water compared to other fabrics such as cotton. It is estimated that far fewer liters of water are needed to produce one kilogram of silk compared to one kilogram of cotton.-Pesticide use: Although silk production uses fewer pesticides than other crops, it is important to note that certain sericulture practices may involve the use of pesticides to protect mulberry trees and silkworms from pests. Organic silk production methods aim to minimize the use of pesticides.-Animal welfare: Silk production involves the rearing and harvesting of silkworms. Some ethical concerns surround the process of obtaining silk, especially when it involves boiling the cocoons to extract long silk fibers. However, alternative methods, such as peace silk or vegan silk, have been developed to prioritize animal welfare.With these factors in mind, it is important for consumers to make informed choices when purchasing silk products. Opting for sustainably and ethically produced silk, such as organic silk or peace silk, can help minimize environmental impact and support responsible silk production practices.Reduce waste, minimize expenses and speed up the fashion production process, accesing real-time data on your internal stock with the Upcycling Saas by Recovo.Where to buy sustainable silk fabrics?At Recovo, you can find a selection of silk fabrics from different suppliers in different colors and styles. All of our fabrics promote circularity and waste reduction in the fashion industry, as they all consist in deadstock fabrics that have been recovered for reusing in order to stop the overproduction of materials and overconsumption of natural resources.ConclusionSilk is an extraordinary fabric prized for its luxurious texture, natural luster and breathability. From its origins in silkworm cocoons to the weaving of exquisite silk fabrics, the production process involves careful cultivation and craftsmanship. Whether you wear silk garments or decorate your home with silk fabrics, understanding the journey of silk helps you appreciate this timeless material. In Recovo, you can source circular silk fabrics for your collections. DO YOU WANT TO BE UPDATED WITH ALL THE NEWS ABOUT CIRCULARITY IN FASHION? Subscribe to Newsletter

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Infallible tricks to avoid wrinkles in your linen fabrics

Infallible tricks to avoid wrinkles in your linen fabrics

Infallible Tricks To Avoid Wrinkles In Your Linen FabricsLinen is a fabric known for its natural beauty and elegance, but it is also prone to wrinkling. If you have linen garments in your home, it’s important to know some practical tricks to keep them wrinkle-free and looking impeccable at all times. In this blog article, we will present you with a series of infallible tips and tricks that will help you take care of your linen fabrics and keep them in perfect condition.Proper washing and dryingThe way you wash and dry your linen fabrics can make all the difference in the appearance of wrinkles. Here are some tips for proper care:- Hand wash or gentle cycle: Linen is best washed by hand or on a gentle cycle in the washing machine. Use cold or warm water and a mild detergent for delicates.- Avoid tumble drying: Tumble drying can cause wrinkles in linen fabrics. Instead, hang your linen garments to dry in the open air or on a clothesline.- Stretch and smooth before drying: Before hanging linen garments to dry, gently stretch them and smooth out wrinkles with your hands. This will help maintain the shape and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.Proper ironingIroning is an effective technique for removing wrinkles from linen. Here are some tips for proper ironing:- Adjust the temperature: make sure the iron is set to the proper temperature for linen. Consult the garment care label for specific directions.- Lightly dampen the fabric: Spray water in a spray bottle and lightly dampen the area to be ironed. This will make it easier to smooth out wrinkles.- Use steam: Use the iron’s steam function to remove stubborn wrinkles. Hold the iron a few inches away from the fabric and move the iron gently over the wrinkles. EXPLORE OUR SELECTION OF LINEN FABRICS SHOP Proper StorageProper storage is also crucial to prevent linen fabrics from wrinkling. Here are some helpful tips:- Hanging on hangers: To prevent linen garments from wrinkling, hang them on hangers in a well-ventilated closet or dresser. This will help keep their shape and reduce wrinkling.- Fold properly: If you prefer to fold linen fabrics, be sure to fold them correctly. Smooth out wrinkles before folding and avoid piling heavy garments on top of them.- Travel and transport: If you need to take linen garments on a trip, use fabric covers or breathable bags to protect them and reduce rubbing against other garments.Where to buy your next linen fabricsIf you are looking for quality linen fabrics and variety, Recovo is the place to find them. At Recovo, we are proud to offer a wide selection of linen fabrics from different suppliers, colors and styles. Our focus is on circularity and waste reduction in the fashion industry, so all of our fabrics are from surplus stock, reclaimed and ready to be reused. In this way, we contribute to stopping the overproduction of materials and overconsumption of natural resources.When you buy linen fabrics from Recovo, you can be sure to get quality products that meet high standards. Our online platform gives you the convenience of exploring different options and choosing the linen fabric that best suits your needs. In addition, by opting for reclaimed linen fabrics, you are also making a sustainable and environmentally conscious choice.Visit our textiles Marketplace at https://recovo.co/en/c/shop to discover our wide range of linen fabrics and start your next project with a responsible, quality choice.ConclusionIn summary, linen is a versatile and elegant fabric that can add a touch of sophistication to your garments and projects. With the tips and tricks shared in this article, you can keep your linen fabrics wrinkle-free and in excellent condition. Remember to follow proper washing and drying guidelines, use proper ironing techniques and store your fabrics correctly. Also, if you’re looking for quality linen fabrics, Recovo is the place to find a wide selection of sustainable options – enjoy the beauty and freshness of linen without worrying about wrinkles, and make conscious and responsible choices when purchasing linen fabrics for your projects! DO YOU WANT TO BE UPDATED WITH ALL THE NEWS ABOUT CIRCULARITY IN FASHION? Subscribe to Newsletter

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Fashion Week SS24: 4 Sustainable fashion designers you shouldn't miss

Fashion Week SS24: 4 Sustainable fashion designers you shouldn't miss

Fashion Week SS24: 4 Sustainable Fashion Designers You Shouldn’t MissFashion Week Spring/Summer 2024 (SS24) was a dazzling spectacle of creativity, innovation, and a renewed commitment to sustainability. Amidst the glitz and glamour of the runway, several designers stood out for their dedication to eco-conscious circular fashion. Here, we spotlight four sustainable standouts: Paloma Wool, Maria Bernad’s Les Fleurs Studio, Eirin Hayhow, and Duran Lantink, who not only showcased stunning collections but also set new standards for ethical and environmentally friendly fashion.Paloma Wool Paloma Wool, brought a fresh perspective to Fashion Week SS24. Known for their commitment to sustainability, Paloma Wool continued to impress with their collection that beautifully harmonized art and eco-consciousness.Designer Paloma Lanna’s deep exploration of the concept of aging added a layer of depth to the collection. This exploration extended to their choice of materials, often opting for upcycled and eco-friendly fabrics. Paloma Wool Aponym’s commitment to minimizing waste through creative design was evident in each piece, making a compelling statement about the importance of sustainability in fashion.If you want to find out more about the fashion show, check this linkLes Fleurs StudioMaria Bernad’s SS24 collection draws inspiration from nature’s harmonious yet contrasting qualities, beautifully encapsulating the essence of dualism seen in Nymphs and Satyrs. Her designs skillfully translate the Nymphs’ ethereal connection to the natural world into flowing silhouettes, delicate patterns, and earthy tones. This collection pays homage to the Nymphs as guardians of the environment.What sets Maria Bernad apart is her selection of fabrics, each with a unique story. She revitalizes discarded fabrics, full of forgotten stories and timeless charm, giving them new life through creative designs that embrace a connection to the past and present.Maria Bernad’s collection celebrates the harmonious interplay of contrasts within us all. It’s a poetic ode to the delicate equilibrium found in myth and life.See everything about the show in this linkDuran LantinkDuran Lantink, the Dutch designer, brought whimsy and sustainability together in his SS24 collection. Lantink’s creations are a testament to his dedication to sustainable fashion, as he primarily uses deadstock materials to craft his ensembles.His collection was a visual delight, featuring mod floral prints made from repurposed plastic bottles and innovative pieces like “Speedo-jeans,” a hybrid of swim briefs and vintage jeans. Lantink’s commitment to transforming textiles and redefining body aesthetics through his designs is evident in every stitch and seam, making a bold statement about sustainability as the foundation of his brand.If you want to see the full fashion show, check this linkEirin HayhowEirin Hayhow, making her London Fashion Week debut in SS24, is a designer who embodies the spirit of sustainability in a unique way. Self-taught and deeply connected to the Earth, Hayhow’s collections are a fusion of science, philosophy, spirituality, and fashion.Hayhow’s commitment to using unwanted and salvage materials to create gender-fluid garments is a testament to her creativity and eco-conscious ethos. Her use of foraged herbs, plants, and berries to create dyes and plant inks, as well as her cultivation of bio leather and bioplastics from organic waste, highlights her dedication to harnessing the power of nature to fashion unique pieces that tell a powerful story.Find out more about the designer through this linkConclusionFashion Week SS24 was not just a platform for showcasing cutting-edge fashion but also a reminder that creativity and sustainability can coexist. These four designers demonstrated that fashion can be both a form of artistic expression and a force for positive change in the world, inspiring others in the industry to follow suit. As the fashion world continues to evolve, it’s clear that sustainability is no longer just a trend; it’s the future of fashion. EXPLORE OUR SELECTION OF CIRCULAR FABRICS SHOP

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How cotton yarn is made step by step

How cotton yarn is made step by step

How Cotton Yarn Is Made Step By StepCotton is one of the most popular and versatile natural fibers in the textile industry, and since ancient times, the production process of cotton yarn has been an essential part of fabric and garment making. In this article, we will take you through the key steps in the manufacture of cotton yarn, from harvesting the cotton to obtaining the yarn ready to be woven.1. Cotton harvestingThe process of cotton yarn production begins with the harvesting of cotton, which is the plant of the Malvaceae family. Cotton is grown in warm, tropical regions throughout the world. The plant produces bolls containing cotton seeds and fibers, which mature and open when it is time to harvest.Traditional cotton harvesting involved farmers carefully selecting ripe bolls by hand. However, with the advancement of technology, most cotton harvesting is done with specialized machines, known as cotton pickers. These machines pluck the cotton bolls from the plants and harvest them in large bales.2. Ginning and cleaningOnce harvested, cotton goes through a process called ginning. During this step, the seeds are separated from the cotton fibers. Ginning can be done mechanically or by more traditional methods, depending on the location and production practices.The cotton fibers are then subjected to rigorous cleaning to remove impurities such as seed residue, dust, dirt and other foreign material. Cleaning is essential to ensure that the cotton is clean and ready to be made into yarn. This cleaning is achieved through the use of ginning, carding and cleaning machines that work to ensure that the cotton is in optimum condition for the next step in the process.3. Carding and yarn formationOnce cleaned, the cotton undergoes the carding process. During carding, the fibers are aligned in one direction and further separated, creating a fluffy and uniform fiber cloud. Carding is essential to remove any tangles or impurities that may still be present in the fibers. As the fibers are carded, a cotton “wick” is formed, which is a long, thin strand.These cotton rovings are then wound onto bobbins to facilitate the next step: yarn formation. At this point, the strands can be combined to create thicker yarns or twisted together to form stronger yarns. EXPLORE OUR SELECTION OF YARNS SHOP 4. SpinningThe spinning stage is where the cotton strands are made into yarn. This process can be done in different ways, but the main objective is to twist the fibers together to give them strength and cohesion. Spinning is one of the most important stages in the manufacture of cotton yarn, as it determines the quality and characteristics of the final yarn.In modern spinning mills, spinning machines are used that take the cotton rovings and twist them at high speed to form the yarn. As the rovings are pulled and twisted, the fibers are intertwined and held together, creating a continuous, uniform strand. During this process, dyes can also be added to dye the yarn if different colors are desired.5. Winding and finishingOnce spun, the cotton yarn is wound onto spools for easy handling and transportation. Winding allows the yarn to be stored and transported efficiently, ready for use in different weaving and apparel processes.After winding, the yarn undergoes a finishing process, which includes final twisting and stretching to improve the uniformity and strength of the yarn. At this stage, quality control is also performed to ensure that the yarn meets the desired standards. Any defective or substandard yarns are removed from the production process.ConclusionThe cotton yarn manufacturing process is a combination of tradition and technology that has evolved over time. From harvesting the cotton to forming the yarn, each step is essential to obtain a high quality natural fiber. Cotton is prized for its softness, breathability and versatility, making it a popular choice for a wide variety of textile products, from apparel to home textiles.Knowing the process of making cotton yarn allows us to further appreciate the value and beauty of this natural fiber that has been cherished for generations. In addition, as the textile industry focuses more and more on sustainability, cotton remains a favorable option due to its natural origin and the possibility of applying more circular practices in its production. From cotton plantations to spinning mills, the process of cotton yarn production is a combination of art and science that has been refined over centuries to create one of the most beloved fibers used in fashion and apparel. DO YOU WANT TO BE UPDATED WITH ALL THE NEWS ABOUT CIRCULARITY IN FASHION? Subscribe to Newsletter

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