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6 Trends that will shape sustainable fashion in 2023

6 Trends that will shape sustainable fashion in 2023

<h1 class = "b-a__p-t-1">6 Trends That Will Shape Sustainable Fashion In 2023</h1> <img class = "a-p-i-1" src="https://recovo.co/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/portadas-NEWSLETTER-37.jpg"> <div class="b-a-1__share-social-media" /> <p>We have just welcomed the new year, and with it comes hopes for progress towards sustainable fashion. This year promises new advances and innovations in the industry, and although we will have to wait twelve months to see what the year really has in store for us, for now we can only make forecasts about what we think will happen. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the trends that we predict will set the tone for 2023:</p> <h2>1. Increased regulation</h2> <p>This year is expected to be marked by increased regulation of “greener” practices in the supply chain.</p> <p>Last year, the European Commission (EC) launched its Strategy for Circular and Sustainable Textiles, where it mentioned that this year it would start working towards the implementation of a digital passport for all physical goods. This measure would bring more transparency to markets and would oblige suppliers of physical goods, and especially suppliers of textile goods, to introduce a type of electronic label (such as a QR code) to their products. The introduction of this electronic label would help buyers to have clear, reliable and easily accessible information about the products they consume, such as details of the composition and manufacturing process, how to maintain them, and the best way to recycle them.</p> <p>In addition, increased regulation is expected to focus on the following issues:</p> <p class="b-a-1__parragraph-indented">- <span class="b-a-1__parragraph-underlined-bold">Pollution.</span> Although 2022 saw a delay in putting pressure on governments to reduce pollution caused by the fashion industry, stricter legal limits are expected this year, as well as more action from governments to curb global warming, and meet the targets agreed in the Paris Agreement.</p> <p class="b-a-1__parragraph-indented">- <span class="b-a-1__parragraph-underlined-bold">Waste management.</span> The European Commission has also proposed a ban on destroying unsold products or an obligation to publish the number of products destroyed to force major brands to be more aware of their textile surplus, in order to curb overproduction and boost circularity.</p> <p class="b-a-1__parragraph-indented">- <span class="b-a-1__parragraph-underlined-bold">Greenwashing.</span> The EC also wants to implement a new law banning claims such as “green”, “eco-friendly” or “good for the environment” if they are not backed by environmental evidence.</p> <h2>2. Improving delivery to reduce emissions</h2> <p>As online sales soar, so do carbon emissions from delivery vehicles. It is estimated that freight transport accounts for around three percent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions annually. Furthermore, according to a McKinsey report, increased traffic could lead to a 25 percent increase in carbon dioxide emissions in urban centers. Undoubtedly, the search for more environmentally friendly delivery methods will be a major sustainability trend in 2023.</p> <h2>3. Rise of the circular economy</h2> <p>Textile production produces an estimated 1.2 billion tons of CO2 and consumes 79 billion cubic meters of fresh water annually. However, retail generates a lot of waste, leading to 85% of textiles going into landfill each year. This is why we can expect more and more companies and regulations to back the circular economy, <a href="https://recovo.co/en/c/shop">which encourages the reusing of existing materials.</a></p> <h2>4. Growing role of data and AI</h2> <p>Data and efficient use of technology are helping fuel a sustainable future. For instance, here are 3 areas that could be enhanced thanks to AI:</p> <p class="b-a-1__parragraph-indented">1. A study shows that AI can dramatically reduce a brand’s carbon footprint by up to 30% by creating digital samples and replacing physical garments during thee design and development phases.</p> <p class="b-a-1__parragraph-indented">2. It can use advanced data analytics and machine learning to better predict clothing trends, customer behavior and sales in order to reduce the number of unsold clothes each season.</p> <p class="b-a-1__parragraph-indented">3. It can lead to virtual fitting rooms, better styling services and more precise sizing – reducing returns and enhancing customer experience.</p> <h2>5. Reliance on cloud technology</h2> <p>In addition to AI, cloud technology is also widely used to help companies meet their sustainability goals. It is calculated that cloud-based supply-chain management solutions will surpass $11 billion by the end of the year, as cloud technology can help brands manage their waste, battle carbon emissions, and lower energy consumption. Additionally, cloud computing can create new avenues for collaboration between factories, allowing distributors and companies in the supply chain to have 24/7, real-time access to data and faster, more effective communication between links in the supply chain.</p> <h2>6. Next-generation materials</h2> <p><a href="https://recovo.co/en/c/shop/materials-of-the-future">Next-generation fabrics or “Next-Gen” materials</a> are non-plastic, non-synthetic and vegan fabrics that serve as ethical and sustainable alternatives to conventional fabrics for use in fashion, household and other products. They serve primarily as replacements for animal-based materials such as leather, fur, wool, and down.</p> <p>Examples of already existing Net-Gen materials include fabrics made out of microbes, fruits, or even by capturing carbon emissions. The current generation of alternatives – petroleum-derived synthetics – have serious environmental and social problems, so innovation in fabrics that are more environmentally conscious and of higher quality will continue to grow in 2023.</p> <p>In Recovo, we are trying to adapt quickly to the growing fashion trends, as we incorporate Next-Gen materials into our catalog and work towards a technology-powered model for big and small brands to source circular materials and meet their sustainability goals, as well as comply with regulations and protect the environment. Go circular and join our community by selling deadstock fabrics or using them in your next collection. In 2023, let’s work for a greener fashion industry!</p> <div class="a-n-1"> <p>DO YOU WANT TO BE UPDATED WITH ALL THE NEWS ABOUT CIRCULARITY IN FASHION?</p> <a href="https://store.recovo.co/landing-recovos-newsletter-rrss/"> <button id="articleButtonSubscribeToNewsLetter"> Subscribe to Newsletter </button> </a> </div>

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How is the gas crisis affecting the textile industry?

How is the gas crisis affecting the textile industry?

<h1 class = "b-a__p-t-1">How Is The Gas Crisis Affecting The Textile Industry?</h1> <img class = "a-p-i-1" src="https://recovo.co/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/gas_price_textiles_Recovo.jpg"> <div class="b-a-1__share-social-media" /> <p>Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov announced last week that Russia will no longer ship gas to Europe as long as sanctions triggered by the Ukraine war remain in place. The cuts have led to unprecedented gas and electricity prices in Europe, exacerbating an energy crisis that began late last year with soaring power, gas and oil prices.</p> <h2>What do rising gas prices mean for the textile industry?</h2> <p>For the textile industry, the news adds to the uncertainty created by rising light, oil and raw material prices and fears of an impending recession. Further cost increases in the production chain could be an insurmountable impact for the energy-intensive European textile industry, especially in spinning, dyeing and finishing, and the inability to pass these costs on to customers would otherwise reduce Europe’s competitiveness in the international market.</p> <p>This has already led to capacity reductions and production stoppages. Closures and the relocation of production outside Europe are expected if the current situation persists, leading to further deindustrialization of the continent and increased dependence on external suppliers.</p> <p>Some specific segments of the textile industry are particularly vulnerable. The man-made, synthetic and cellulose-based fiber industry, for example, is an energy-intensive sector and a major consumer of natural gas in manufacturing. The disappearance of European fiber products would have immediate consequences for the textile industry and for society as a whole. Textile dyeing and finishing are also relatively energy-intensive activities and are essential in the textile value chain, adding value to textiles and garments through special dyes and functions.</p> <h2>Measures demanded by textile and fashion towards the European authorities</h2> <p>That is why Euratex, the Brussels-based organization representing some 154,000 textile and clothing companies in the EU, is calling for a common European strategy to tackle the current energy crisis. Euratex proposes to the European authorities to revise the electricity price mechanism and to set a maximum gas price of €80 per megawatt hour in the EU. On the other hand, it also sees the need for special assistance to companies to avoid bankruptcy and the relocation of textile production outside Europe.</p> <p>“Governments must ensure that critical industries such as textiles and all its segments can secure gas and electricity contracts towards the end of the year at an affordable price,” says Euratex. “A stable and predictable energy supply is of paramount importance. Gas restrictions and rationing should only be used as a last resort, and no mandatory consumption cuts should be envisaged.”</p> <p>In addition to the measures under discussion, Euratex said there has been an increase in conflicting and uncoordinated national responses to the energy crisis. This has resulted in a chaotic political and regulatory environment, putting additional pressure on a fully integrated supply chain at the European level. It is therefore important to take steps to ensure a level playing field in the EU.</p> <p>“A scenario in which entire segments of the textile industry disappear can no longer be ruled out” says Euratex President Alberto Paccanelli. “This will lead to the loss of thousands of European companies and tens of thousands of jobs, and will further increase Europe’s dependence on the outside for essential goods.” Paccanelli emphasized that this applies specifically to SMEs, which need temporary support measures such as state aid, tax breaks and energy price caps, to cope with the current crisis and prepare for a long-term green transition.</p> <p>One way to combat the rising prices of newly produced fabrics is to reuse existing materials. In Recovo you can find in our catalog fabrics that contribute to reduce textile waste and the environmental impact of fashion. You can also try to sell your leftover fabrics, maybe someone is looking for them!</p> <p><a href="https://recovo.co/en/c/shop">You can source circular fabrics that reduce textile waste and the environmental impact of fashion by clicking here.</a></p> <div class="a-n-1"> <p>DO YOU WANT TO BE UPDATED WITH ALL THE NEWS ABOUT CIRCULARITY IN FASHION?</p> <a href="https://store.recovo.co/landing-recovos-newsletter-rrss/"> <button id="articleButtonSubscribeToNewsLetter"> Subscribe to Newsletter </button> </a> </div>

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5 ways to avoid greenwashing in your communications

5 ways to avoid greenwashing in your communications

<h1 class = "b-a__p-t-1">5 Ways To Avoid Greenwashing In Your Communications</h1> <img class = "a-p-i-1" src="https://recovo.co/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/portadas-NEWSLETTER-61.jpg"> <div class="b-a-1__share-social-media" /> <div class="a-c-1 row"> <div class="col-lg-6 col-12"> <p>Measure fashion’s environmental impact</p> <p> Discover the water used, CO2 & phosphorus emissions related to a garment or fashion collection with our calculator. </p> <a href="https://recovo.co/assets/environmental-impact-calculator-fashion/"> <button>DOWNLOAD THE CALCULATOR</button> </a> </div> <div class="col-lg-6 col-12"> <img src="https://recovo.co/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/Icons_GIF_v3.gif" alt="impact calculator" /> </div> </div> <p>As consumers become increasingly concerned about the environment, greenwashing has become a growing practice in many companies. Not only is this practice unethical, but it can also mislead consumers, erode trust and damage the environment. In response, governments around the world are cracking down on greenwashing, which means brands must be prepared for new laws and regulations that aim to prevent it. In this blog post, we’ll explore five things companies can do to avoid greenwashing in their communications and make sure they stay on the right side of the law.</p> <h2>What is greenwashing?</h2> <p>Greenwashing occurs when companies make false or exaggerated claims about their environmental impact or sustainability efforts to mislead consumers into believing they are environmentally friendly. Greenwashing can take many forms, such as using vague or misleading language, making false or unsubstantiated claims, or using green images or branding without any real benefit to the environment.</p> <h2>How to avoid greenwashing in communications?</h2> <h3>Avoid vague or misleading language.</h3> <p>One of the most common ways companies resort to greenwashing is by using vague or misleading language. For example, using words like “natural” or “eco-friendly” without any specific details to back up the claim can be misleading. To avoid this, it is essential to be specific about the environmental benefits of your product or service. Use clear language and provide concrete examples of how your company is taking steps to reduce its <a href="https://store.recovo.co/sustainability/">environmental impact.</a></p> <h3>Don’t make false claims</h3> <p>Another common “greenwashing” tactic is to make false claims about a product’s environmental impact or its sustainability efforts. For example, claiming that a product is made entirely from recycled materials when it is not. Companies should avoid making false claims and be transparent about their sustainability efforts. If they are unsure about a claim, it is best not to include it in their communications.</p> <p><a href="https://store.recovo.co/vendor/?utm_medium=content&utm_source=blog&utm_campaign=blog_vendorphrase">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. </a></p> <h3>Avoid using green images or colors</h3> <p>Many companies use green images or colors in their branding to suggest that they are environmentally friendly. However, this tactic can backfire if your company is not actually taking steps to be sustainable. Instead, focus on communicating your company’s sustainability efforts through concrete language and examples. If you use green images or colors, make sure they are relevant to your sustainability efforts and not just for marketing purposes.</p> <h3>Don’t cherry-pick data</h3> <p>Another way companies engage in greenwashing is by cherry-picking data to support their environmental claims. For example, a company may highlight one particular aspect of its <a href="https://store.recovo.co/sustainability/">sustainability efforts</a> and ignore other areas where it falls short. To avoid this, be transparent in all your sustainability efforts and be willing to acknowledge areas where your company can improve.</p> <h3>Avoid greenwashing by association</h3> <p>Finally, companies should avoid greenwashing by association. This tactic involves associating your product or service with a broader environmental movement or trend, even if your product is not actually environmentally friendly. For example, promoting a new clothing line as “sustainable” simply because it is made from organic cotton, ignoring other aspects of the manufacturing process that are harmful to the environment. To avoid greenwashing by association, be transparent about all aspects of your product’s environmental impact. <a href="https://recovo.co/circularity-software/?utm_medium=content&utm_source=blog&utm_campaign=blog_upcyclingphrase">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. </a></p> <p>In conclusion, greenwashing can be detrimental to your brand and reputation if you are not careful. To avoid greenwashing in your communications, be specific in your environmental claims, avoid false or exaggerated claims, and be transparent about all aspects of your sustainability efforts. By following these guidelines, you will be able to communicate your company’s commitment to sustainability without misleading your customers.</p> <div class="a-n-1"> <p>DO YOU WANT TO BE UPDATED WITH ALL THE NEWS ABOUT CIRCULARITY IN FASHION?</p> <a href="https://store.recovo.co/landing-recovos-newsletter-rrss/"> <button id="articleButtonSubscribeToNewsLetter"> Subscribe to Newsletter </button> </a> </div>

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What kind of fabrics shrink when washed and how to avoid it?

What kind of fabrics shrink when washed and how to avoid it?

<h1 class = "b-a__p-t-1">What Kind Of Fabrics Shrink When Washed And How To Avoid It?</h1> <img class = "a-p-i-1" src="https://recovo.co/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/Portadas-Blog-1.jpg"> <div class="b-a-1__share-social-media" /> <p>When it comes to washing and caring for our garments, it is essential to know which fabrics are most prone to shrinkage. Being aware of these fabrics allows us to take preventative measures to keep our garments in the best possible condition. Here is a closer look at some of the fabrics most susceptible to shrinkage and also practical tips for keeping our garments in their original shape:</p> <h2>Cotton</h2> <p><a href="https://recovo.co/en/c/shop/cotton-fabrics">Cotton</a> is one of the most common fabrics in our closets and, unfortunately, it is also known to be prone to shrinkage. Cotton fibers have a porous structure that can shrink with heat and friction, leading to a decrease in garment dimensions.</p> <h2>Wool</h2> <p>Although <a href="https://recovo.co/en/c/shop/wool-fabrics">wool fabric</a> is warm and comfortable, it is also prone to shrinkage due to its natural fibers. Hot water and handling during washing can cause wool fibers to shrink and clump.</p> <h2>Cashmere</h2> <p>This luxurious natural fiber comes from cashmere goat’s wool. Although soft and delicate, it can also shrink if treated improperly. Washing with hot water and exposure to high temperatures during drying are dangerous for cashmere garments.</p> <div style="background-image: url(https://recovo.co/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/SK0ETG80F3-2.jpg); background-size: cover; background-repeat: no-repeat; background-position: center;" class="a-b-1"> <p>EXPLORE OUR SELECTION OF CIRCULAR FABRICS</p> <a href="https://recovo.co/en/c/shop/"> <button id="articleButtonCategoryBanner">SHOP</button> </a> </div> <h2>Silk</h2> <p>Although not as prone to shrinkage as some other fabrics, silk can still shrink if subjected to improper washing and drying conditions. <a href="https://recovo.co/en/c/shop/silk-fabrics">Silk fibers</a> are sensitive to heat and friction, so gentle care is essential.</p> <h2>Mixtures of natural and synthetic fibers</h2> <p>Garments made from a combination of natural and synthetic fibers can behave unpredictably during washing. Synthetic fibers, such as <a href="https://recovo.co/en/c/shop/polyester-fabrics">polyester</a>, do not shrink in the same way as natural fibers, which can result in an uneven appearance if the garment shrinks in specific areas.</p> <h2>Viscose/Rayon</h2> <p>Although this fabric is semi-synthetic and can offer a similar feel to cotton or silk, it is relatively prone to shrinkage. The structure of <a href="https://recovo.co/en/c/shop/viscose-fabrics">viscose fibers</a> can change with hot water and friction, leading to unwanted shrinkage.</p> <h2>How to avoid shrinkage</h2> <p>Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent your garments from shrinking during washing:</p> <p><span class="b-a-1__parragraph-bold">Read care labels</span></p> <p>Care labels on garments often provide valuable information on how to properly wash them. Follow the instructions provided to minimize the risk of shrinkage.</p> <p><span class="b-a-1__parragraph-bold">Use cold water</span></p> <p>Opt for cold water instead of hot water when washing garments prone to shrinkage. Cold water is less likely to cause fibers to shrink.</p> <p><span class="b-a-1__parragraph-bold">Gentle cycle and less spin</span></p> <p>Use the gentle cycle of the washer and reduce the spin speed to reduce friction and stress on the fibers.</p> <p><span class="b-a-1__parragraph-bold">Delicate drying</span></p> <p>If you decide to use a tumble dryer, choose a low or delicate setting. However, the best option is to air dry garments, preferably on a flat surface.</p> <p><span class="b-a-1__parragraph-bold">Avoid excessive handling</span></p> <p>Do not twist garments excessively when washing, as this can cause the fibers to warp and shrink.</p> <h2>Conclusion</h2> <p>Fabric shrinkage is a common but avoidable problem if proper precautions are taken during the laundering process. By knowing which fabrics are prone to shrinkage and understanding the factors that contribute to this process, we can take steps to keep our garments in their original size and shape. By following simple tips, such as using cold water, gentle cycles and careful drying, we can enjoy our favorite garments for much longer, without the constant fear of them becoming too small to wear.</p> <div class="a-n-1"> <p>DO YOU WANT TO BE UPDATED WITH ALL THE NEWS ABOUT CIRCULARITY IN FASHION?</p> <a href="https://store.recovo.co/landing-recovos-newsletter-rrss/"> <button id="articleButtonSubscribeToNewsLetter"> Subscribe to Newsletter </button> </a> </div>

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Key takeaways of the COP27 related to fashion

Key takeaways of the COP27 related to fashion

<h1 class = "b-a__p-t-1">Key Takeaways Of The COP27 Related To Fashion</h1> <img class = "a-p-i-1" src="https://recovo.co/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/51295bc22b1a1d3e4ca5f3008a294752.jpeg"> <div class="b-a-1__share-social-media" /> <p>The 27th edition of the United Nations Conference of the Parties or COP27 was held last week from November 6 to 18. The event, which took place in the city of Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt, brought together around 90 heads of state and representatives from more than 190 countries with the aim of achieving the climate goals agreed under the Paris Agreement and the Convention itself.</p> <p>This edition kicked off with the Global Leaders Summit, which was followed by discussions on topics such as climate finance, decarbonization, climate change adaptation and agriculture during the first week. The second week covered topics such as water and biodiversity.</p> <p>As far as the fashion industry is concerned, it had a limited impact on this year’s negotiations, although the event was attended by organizations such as Global Fashion Agenda, Better Cotton Initiative or representatives of major international brands such as H&M or Stella McCartney.</p> <h2>Global Fashion Agenda and the UN announce the launch of a consultation on fashion industry goals</h2> <p>The non-profit organization Global Fashion Agenda (GFA), formerly the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, organized during the event a trio of talks aimed at addressing how the fashion industry can become net positive, how it can reduce its carbon footprint and the actions needed to encourage and promote circular systems. In addition, it announced its collaboration with UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) to conduct an online consultation on the fashion industry’s environmental targets.</p> <p>The “Fashion Industry Targets Consultation” will identify and merge existing industry targets. The targets are set in relation to five priorities: respectful and safe working environments, better wage systems, resource stewardship, smart material selection and circular economy.</p> <p>In addition, during the consultation, which is now available, respondents (brands, retailers, NGOs, manufacturers, etc.) will be asked for their views on sustainability targets for our industry. The findings will be released at the GFA Global Summit in Copenhagen in June 2023, and the assessment on the industry’s progress towards sustainability will subsequently be published in the GFA Monitor.</p> <h2>Better Cotton calls on COP27 leaders to support frontline farmers</h2> <p>The Better Cotton initiative issued a warning to world leaders attending the COP27 climate summit to do more to protect the world’s farmers and farm workers.</p> <p>Better Cotton, whose members include global fashion and textile brands, is calling for greater collaboration across the industry and its value chains to drive transparency, advocacy and action in support of smallholder farming communities.</p> <p>The organization argues that climate mitigation and adaptation, as well as a just transition, are only possible with sustained investment in regenerative agriculture and sustainable farming. Extreme and unpredictable weather events are becoming more frequent, impacting the supply of natural fashion fibers; it is therefore important to create more resilient farms and help producers recover after such events, as well as to increase the use of new generation fibers.</p> <p>The recent tragic floods in Pakistan illustrate how the cotton sector can be affected overnight by extreme weather patterns and affect the livelihoods of millions of people. According to McKinsey, the fashion sector must align itself with the 1.5 degree pathway over the next eight years and intensify its efforts to make agricultural practices more sustainable.</p> <p>It is worth mentioning that COP26 President Alok Sharma had already urged prior to the Summit to maintain the goal of limiting the maximum temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius, as 1.1 degrees Celsius of global warming has currently been reached.</p> <h2>An alliance of fashion giants pledge to buy more than half a million tons of low-carbon alternative fibers</h2> <p>An alliance of companies including H&M, Inditex, Stella McCartney and Kering, among many others, have pledged to buy more than half a million tons of low-carbon, low-footprint alternative fibers produced from textile and agricultural waste instead of forest fibers, for use in both fabrics and packaging.</p> <p>According to the NGO Canopy, responsible for the alliance, each ton of clothing produced with these alternative fibers will save between 4 and 15 tons of carbon per ton of product.</p> <p>In Recovo we join the commitment to climate change from the circularity of the fabrics. Most of the textile production ends up being discarded or incinerated, but every year more fabrics are manufactured with its consequent pollution and resource depletion. For this reason, we work through collaborations with fashion companies to launch collections with a minimum environmental impact, helping them to incorporate recovered materials into their collections, while at the same time providing a sustainable outlet for their surplus materials, reducing textile waste and extending the life of materials globally.</p> <div class="a-n-1"> <p>DO YOU WANT TO BE UPDATED WITH ALL THE NEWS ABOUT CIRCULARITY IN FASHION?</p> <a href="https://store.recovo.co/landing-recovos-newsletter-rrss/"> <button id="articleButtonSubscribeToNewsLetter"> Subscribe to Newsletter </button> </a> </div>

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How to apply eco-design techniques to your collections

How to apply eco-design techniques to your collections

<h1 class = "b-a__p-t-1">How To Apply Eco-Design Techniques To Your Collections</h1> <img class = "a-p-i-1" src="https://recovo.co/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/portadas-NEWSLETTER-60.jpg"> <div class="a-c-1 row"> <div class="col-lg-6 col-12"> <p>Measure fashion’s environmental impact</p> <p> Discover the water used, CO2 & phosphorus emissions related to a garment or fashion collection with our calculator. </p> <a href="https://recovo.co/assets/environmental-impact-calculator-fashion/"> <button id="articleButtonDownloadCalculator">DOWNLOAD THE CALCULATOR</button> </a> </div> <div class="col-lg-6 col-12"> <img src="https://recovo.co/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/Icons_GIF_v3.gif" alt="impact calculator" /> </div> </div> <div class="b-a-1__share-social-media" /> <p>To create a sustainable collection, it is very important to take eco-design into account. Ecodesign allows you to plan a series of strategies, from product conceptualization to end-of-life, to create environmentally conscious pieces. In this article we explain everything you need to know about ecodesign and what techniques you can use to achieve your sustainability goals.</p> <h2>What is ecodesign?</h2> <p>Ecodesign is a set of strategies whose main objective is to help prevent, reduce and/or minimize the environmental impact of a product. These strategies focus on different levels within the development cycle of a product, which are conceptualization, manufacturing, use and end-of-life.</p> <h2>Why is eco-design important?</h2> <p>Ecodesign has many advantages. The most important, perhaps, is that it allows you to reduce the ecological footprint of your production. But beyond the environmental benefits, ecodesign will help you comply with current and future legislation, respond to the growing demand for sustainable products, and at the same time make your brand more innovative, more competitive and better perceived.</p> <h2>Eco-design techniques</h2> <h3 class="b-a-1__title-indented">1. Planning is vital; optimize the supply chain in advance.</h3> <p>The product ideation stage is very important. Here, you will have to reflect on the amount of resources consumed by the production system and the characteristics of the garments in question. You will have to decide on the key actions that will allow you to dematerialize (reduce the amount of materials needed to produce your collection and thus reduce the consumption of natural resources), the composition and durability of the garments (using quality materials that do not deteriorate will prolong the life of the product and reduce the need for overproduction).</p> <h3 class="b-a-1__title-indented">2. Use reduced impact materials</h3> <p>Ensure that the composition of your garments is optimal. Reuse and recycle materials as much as possible, and in the event that a new production is necessary, opt for <a href="https://recovo.co/en/c/shop/natural">non-synthetic fabrics</a>, free of hazardous substances (think carefully about the type of dyes you will use) and avoid producing different materials. Above all, when it comes to manufacturing, the best option lies in the <a href="https://recovo.co/en/c/shop/materials-of-the-future">materials of the future</a>, which are innovative and manufactured differently from the traditional way to reduce the carbon footprint of the products and the ecological footprint of the end consumer.</p> <h3 class="b-a-1__title-indented">3. Optimize the production chain</h3> <p>Already in the manufacturing phase of the product life cycle, think about how to reduce the impact of its associated processes. Reduce the number of production steps, use cleaner production techniques, minimize water and energy consumption and/or use renewable energies, and reduce the amount of waste or encourage internal waste recycling.</p> <h3 class="b-a-1__title-indented">4. Optimize distribution</h3> <p>Once you have your collection done, it’s time to think about the impact of packaging and transportation. Minimize the amount of packaging in mass or volume, use reusable or lower impact packaging, optimize the volume of production to reduce the number of transports and opt for efficient, low-impact vehicles/fuels.</p> <h3 class="b-a-1__title-indented">5. Reduce impact in use</h3> <p>In the product use phase, aim to reduce the impact produced by the use or maintenance of the product. This consists of minimizing the need for maintenance: reducing the resources and number of operations needed to maintain the product, that it can be maintained with low impact products, and that it requires the minimum of energy/water consumption in use.</p> <h3 class="b-a-1__title-indented">6. Optimize the lifetime of your collection</h3> <p>Increase the useful life of your garments to reduce overproduction of materials. We have talked about producing with quality materials, but it is also important to consider repairability and availability of spare parts. <a name="" href="https://store.recovo.co/circularity-software/?utm_medium=content&utm_source=blog&utm_campaign=blog_upcyclingphrase">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.</a></p> <h3 class="b-a-1__title-indented">7. End-of-life optimization</h3> <p>Inevitably, there will come a point in time when a garment will cease to have value or be used. This is where strategies to reduce the impact of product waste management come in. The most important, undoubtedly, is to follow a circular economy model so that the closing of one garment cycle is the beginning of the cycle for another. Therefore, it is necessary to plan how, once the useful life of a material is over, it can be <a href="https://recovo.co/en/c/shop">reused</a> or <a href="https://store.recovo.co/circular-solutions/">recycled</a> to create another product without wasting resources. It is also necessary to think about the ease of disassembly and separation of materials to facilitate correct final management and increase their recyclability. <a href="https://store.recovo.co/vendor/?utm_medium=content&utm_source=blog&utm_campaign=blog_vendorphrase">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.</a></p> <h2>Reuse, the key strategy in ecodesign</h2> <p>We have seen that, before starting to produce, you should think about reuse as one of the best tools of ecodesign when selecting materials and extending their useful life. From Recovo we help you to make your collection reusing excess fabrics from big and small brands so you can make sustainable garments with low environmental impact. <a href="https://recovo.co/en/c/shop">In our catalog</a> you can find all kinds of fabrics and even materials of the future so you can contribute to a circular fashion model.</p> <div class="a-n-1"> <p>DO YOU WANT TO BE UPDATED WITH ALL THE NEWS ABOUT CIRCULARITY IN FASHION?</p> <a href="https://store.recovo.co/landing-recovos-newsletter-rrss/"> <button id="articleButtonSubscribeToNewsLetter"> Subscribe to Newsletter </button> </a> </div>

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Stretch fabric: what it is, what it is used for, features and more

Stretch fabric: what it is, what it is used for, features and more

<h1 class = "b-a__p-t-1">Stretch Fabric: What It Is, What It Is Used For, Features And More</h1> <img class = "a-p-i-1" src="https://recovo.co/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/portadas-NEWSLETTER-24.jpg"> <div class="b-a-1__share-social-media" /> <p>One of the main characteristics we look for when choosing any garment is, of course, the comfort it provides. The last thing we want is for a fabric to be uncomfortable, to stick or not leave room for movement, among other discomforts, and that is why it is of vital importance to know the properties of the fabric we are going to use to create or wear a piece of clothing. Stretch fabric, for example, is one of the most widely used, especially in sportswear, due to its elasticity and comfort. But there are several things to keep in mind when choosing this type of fabric, and that is why we are going to explain to you in this blog article the most essential about this very practical fabric.</p> <h2>What is Stretch fabric? Definition and types</h2> <p>Stretch fabric is a fabric that has the ability to stretch, that is, its fibers can stretch to a certain degree and then return to their original size.</p> <p>Stretch fabrics are expressed as “2-way” or “4-way”. The 2-way stretch is horizontal and runs through the tissue from selvage to selvage. The 4-way stretch is both horizontal and vertical, going through the tissue and up/down the tissue. However, the type of stretch is not the only variation. The fibers that go into the final result can come from a variety of elastic materials. Some common types of stretch fabrics that can be found are:</p> <h3>Elastane and blends with Elastane</h3> <p>Elastane is also known as Lycra or Spandex, although the first Elastane fibers reached the U.S. market in 1959 being called K-fibers. Spandex is an anagram of the word “expand”. This fiber name is common in Asia, North and South America. Elastane, on the other hand, is a predominant name in European countries.</p> <p>On its own, spandex can stretch up to 400% of its size, but once mixed with other materials, it can still lend up to 20% of its elasticity to the coupled fiber. Polyester, cotton-spandex (found widely in denim), nylon and stretch velvet are some of the most common spandex blends found on the market, but there are many other adaptations.</p> <p>Too much elastane can make work pants and T-shirts or blouses uncomfortable and even deform. Stretch fabrics generally contain between 3% and 7% elastane, depending on the type of garment, but usually do not exceed this amount. Part of the elastane is made of polyurethane which allows a special elasticity while maintaining the original shape. Moreover, in order to be called elastane, a fabric must have at least 85% polyurethane.</p> <h3>Knitted fabrics</h3> <p>Knitted fabrics owe their elasticity to the way they are produced, using interwoven fibers in loops. The “knit” or loops give the fabric some of its elasticity, although they may be blended with elastic fibers such as elastane, viscose or polyester to increase their elasticity. Knitted fabrics tend to be bidirectional, but are still widely used for sewing clothing. Knitted fabrics can be found in everyday garments such as sweaters, socks and hats.</p> <h3>Rubber/Latex</h3> <p>Latex comes from the sap of rubber trees and can be applied to other materials for its elasticity and water resistance. However, pure rubber is not usually applied to clothing because of its lack of breathability and because it can cause skin irritation.</p> <h3>Neoprene rubber</h3> <p>This synthetic polymer resembles some of the stretch and water-resistant qualities of rubber, while reducing the limitations of the pure material. This material is available in various thicknesses and is increasingly used in suits and fashion apparel.</p> <div style="background-image: url(https://recovo.co/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/BT0711662E4-1.jpg); background-size: cover; background-repeat: no-repeat; background-position: center;" class="a-b-1"> <p>EXPLORE OUR SELECTION OF STRETCH FABRICS</p> <a href="https://recovo.co/en/c/shop/elastic-fabrics-material"> <button id="articleButtonCategoryBanner">SHOP</button> </a> </div> <h2>What is Stretch fabric used for? Uses and applications</h2> <p>Initially, Stretch fabric was used exclusively in women’s swimwear and bras. However, its knit design, coupled with naturally stretchy fibers, led to Stretch knit beginning to be used in athletic sportswear for athletes. In the mid-1980s, a major shift occurred when designers began to incorporate stretch knits into the modal world. From then on, they began to be used mainly in T-shirts and jackets until it even made its way into work pants, since, as a fabric that stretches in all directions, it allows for greater agility and flexibility in movement. Today, Stretch fabrics can be found in countless products, from tights to jeans. If you go running, chances are that all your clothes are made of stretch fabrics, even your running shoes or even your Pilates equipment. At home, your sweatshirts and pajamas probably have stretchy parts, so elastane is more present than you might think. In general, Stretch fabrics are perfect for women’s clothing, sportswear, stage costumes, underwear and home textiles.</p> <h2>Characteristics of stretch fabrics</h2> <p>Stretch fabrics exhibit multiple positive properties. From their ability to stretch, a characteristic revealed in their very name, to their ability to return to their original shape after enlarging.</p> <p>Stretch fabrics are highly tear-resistant and dimensionally stable. On the other hand, those garments made with a small percentage of elastane are characterized by being wrinkle-free, a fact that favors aesthetically and also facilitates maintenance and comfort in washing and care. On the other hand, elastane has anti-pilling properties that prevent the formation of “pilling” in the fabric, although, mixed with cotton, it could present this situation in the long term.</p> <p>Last but not least, the low moisture absorption is another positive feature, as it is also a quick-drying material.</p> <p>Stretch fabric simplifies sewing, as it is a figure-flattering material. Elastane increases the wear resistance of the product, but does not neutralize the advantages of other materials. For example, cotton stretch fabric retains all the positive properties of cotton fabric: breathability, water absorption function, hypoallergenic, non-irritability to the skin, etc. Due to its numerous advantages, Stretch fabric is a must in your closet.</p> <p>Are you looking for Stretch fabrics? In Recovo you will find this type of fabrics in a thousand ways, from knit to spandex blends, to create your next collection with elastic properties and also with a plus of sustainability, since our fabrics come from excess textile ready to receive a second life and contribute to the circularity of fabrics.</p> <p>Find stretch fabrics in our <a href="https://recovo.co/en/c/shop/elastic-fabrics-material">category for Elastic fabrics.</a></p> <div class="a-n-1"> <p>DO YOU WANT TO BE UPDATED WITH ALL THE NEWS ABOUT CIRCULARITY IN FASHION?</p> <a href="https://store.recovo.co/landing-recovos-newsletter-rrss/"> <button id="articleButtonSubscribeToNewsLetter"> Subscribe to Newsletter </button> </a> </div>

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What are Circular Economy principles?

What are Circular Economy principles?

<h1 class = "b-a__p-t-1">What Are Circular Economy Principles?</h1> <img class = "a-p-i-1" src="https://recovo.co/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/Portadas-Blog-26-1.jpg"> <div class="b-a-1__share-social-media" /> <p>We are facing an environmental crisis today and analyzing possible solutions is an intelligent act of executive leadership. The concept of the Circular Economy emerges as a possible solution to the global landscape faced by all industries as a pragmatic solution to address resource depletion and waste. Unlike the traditional linear economy, where resources are extracted, used and discarded, the Circular Economy aims to create a regenerative system that minimizes waste, promotes sustainability and maximizes the value of resources. This article delves into the key principles of the Circular Economy and explores how they are essential pillars in building a more sustainable and resilient future.</p> <h3>Design for longevity and durability</h3> <p>Addressing the field of circular economy requires taking into account all stages of development, production, and distribution. It is essential to reformulate the basics from the root of the problem, in this case at the time of design.</p> <p>At the core of the Circular Economy is the principle of designing products and systems with longevity in mind. This means creating goods that are durable, easily repairable and upgradeable. By extending the useful life of products, we reduce the frequency with which they need to be disposed of, thus reducing the overall.</p> <h3>Embrace the Power of Reuse</h3> <p>The circular economy emphasizes the importance of reusing products and components whenever possible. This involves refurbishing, remanufacturing and reusing items to give them a second life. By fostering a culture of reuse, we reduce the demand for new resources and reduce the environmental footprint associated with manufacturing.</p> <h3>Recycle and Recover</h3> <p>Thinking about the product’s end-of-life cycle is part of the main pillars of the circular economy concept. Recycling and recovery of materials at the end of their life cycle are fundamental. Tackling this problem involves implementing efficient waste management systems and investing in technologies that can extract valuable materials from discarded products. Recycling helps to close the cycle and reintroduce materials into the production process, reducing the need for virgin resources. <a href="https://store.recovo.co/vendor/?utm_medium=content&utm_source=blog&utm_campaign=blog_vendorphrase">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.</a></p> <div class="a-c-1 row"> <div class="col-lg-6 col-12"> <p>Measure fashion’s environmental impact</p> <p> Discover the water used, CO2 & phosphorus emissions related to a garment or fashion collection with our calculator. </p> <a href="https://store.recovo.co/assets/environmental-impact-calculator-fashion/"> <button id="articleButtonDownloadCalculator">DOWNLOAD THE CALCULATOR</button> </a> </div> <div class="col-lg-6 col-12"> <img src="https://recovo.co/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/Icons_GIF_v3.gif" alt="impact calculator" /> </div> </div> <h3>Promote Sustainable Consumption</h3> <p>Within this whole chain, the final consumer will also have a role to play in generating impact. There is currently a shift towards sustainable consumption patterns. Through advertising and awareness campaigns, companies are now encouraging consumers to make informed choices, opting for products with minimal environmental impact. This principle aims to reduce overconsumption and encourages a quality-over-quantity mentality by promoting transparency and conscientious purchasing.</p> <h3>Implement Eco-friendly Technologies</h3> <p>Technological advances are a great tool to be able to carry out a transformation plan towards the circular economy in companies. The Circular Economy is based on innovative technologies that support sustainable practices. This includes the development of environmentally friendly materials, energy-efficient manufacturing processes, and advanced recycling technologies. The integration of these technologies improves the overall efficiency of the circular system and accelerates the process of reaching a collective solution. 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. </p> <h3>Collaboration and Stakeholder Engagement</h3> <p>Transitioning to an industry based on The Circular Economy is not a task that can be undertaken by a single entity. It requires collaboration between governments, businesses, communities and individuals. Stakeholder engagement is crucial to the success of circular initiatives, fostering a collective responsibility towards sustainable practices.</p> <h3>Focus on Biomimicry</h3> <p>Nature is the quintessential circular system and example, and the Circular Economy is inspired by it. Biomimicry is about designing products and processes that emulate nature’s efficiency and resilience. By mimicking the regenerative processes of ecosystems, we can create more sustainable and adaptable solutions.</p> <h2>Conclusion</h2> <p>The principles of the Circular Economy offer a roadmap to a more sustainable and resilient future. By adopting a strategic and environmentally friendly approach that values resource efficiency, minimizes waste, and promotes responsible consumption, we can mitigate the environmental challenges we face. As we move forward, governments, businesses, and individuals must embrace these principles and work collaboratively to create a circular and regenerative economy that benefits both the planet and its people.</p> <div class="a-n-1"> <p>DO YOU WANT TO BE UPDATED WITH ALL THE NEWS ABOUT CIRCULARITY IN FASHION?</p> <a href="https://store.recovo.co/landing-recovos-newsletter-rrss/"> <button id="articleButtonSubscribeToNewsLetter"> Subscribe to Newsletter </button> </a> </div>

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How to implement circular design in your brand

How to implement circular design in your brand

<h1 class = "b-a__p-t-1">How To Implement Circular Design In Your Brand</h1> <img class = "a-p-i-1" src="https://recovo.co/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/Portadas-Blog-25.jpg"> <div class="b-a-1__share-social-media" /> <p>In the face of growing environmental challenges and increasing awareness of the finite nature of our resources, the concept of circular design has emerged as an urgent priority that serves as a pathway to impactful change. Circular design is a holistic approach that aims to minimize waste, promote longevity, and create products and systems that contribute to a regenerative and restorative economy. In this article, we will explore how to apply circular design in your brand, examine what a circular design process looks like, and elaborate on designing with three pivotal circular principles in mind.</p> <h3>How to Implement Circular Design</h3> <p><span class="b-a-1__parragraph-bold">Rethink the Product Lifecycle:</span></p> <p>This concept begins with a fundamental shift in perspective away from the traditional linear “take, make, dispose” model to a more calculated, regenerative approach. Begin by conducting a thorough assessment of the entire product lifecycle. This encompasses scrutinizing raw material extraction, manufacturing processes, distribution methods, and eventual disposal. Identify opportunities to reduce waste, increase recyclability, and extend the lifespan of the product through thoughtful design intervention.</p> <p><span class="b-a-1__parragraph-bold">Prioritize Sustainable Materials</span></p> <p>At the heart of circular design lies a conscious choice of materials. Opt for those that are renewable, recyclable, or biodegradable. Consider incorporating recycled materials into your designs to reduce the demand for virgin resources. Moreover, explore the potential of modular design concepts that facilitate easy disassembly and component replacement, thereby extending the useful life of the product. Experiment with innovative textiles made from organic or upcycled materials, promoting a sustainable sourcing strategy. Additionally, explore ways to minimize environmental impact by using eco-friendly dyes and finishes in the manufacturing process.</p> <p><span class="b-a-1__parragraph-bold">Embrace Repairability and Upgradability</span></p> <p>Circular design in fashion encourages a departure from fast fashion towards a model that values repair and longevity. Design products with easily replaceable parts and components. Provide repair guides and support services to empower consumers to mend and upgrade their clothing items, fostering a culture of responsible consumption and reducing textile waste. This approach not only minimizes waste but also enhances the overall sustainability of products.</p> <h3>How Does a Circular Design Process Look Like in Fashion</h3> <p><span class="b-a-1__parragraph-bold">Research and Analysis:</span></p> <p>The circular design process in fashion begins with thorough research and analysis. Designers must understand the environmental impact of existing garments and accessories or collections and identify areas for improvement. This phase involves life cycle assessments, materials analysis and stakeholder engagement to gather diverse perspectives, ensuring a thorough understanding of the challenges and opportunities.</p> <p><span class="b-a-1__parragraph-bold">Creative Ideation and Prototyping:</span></p> <p>Generate innovative ideas that seamlessly incorporate circular design principles into your clothing lines. Consider the entire lifecycle, experiment with materials, explore sustainable production techniques, and design for longevity. Prototyping becomes a crucial step in testing the feasibility and effectiveness of these ideas, allowing for refinement and optimization before bringing your sustainable garments to market.</p> <a href="https://store.recovo.co/vendor/?utm_medium=content&utm_source=blog&utm_campaign=blog_vendorphrase">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. </a> <div class="a-c-1 row"> <div class="col-lg-6 col-12"> <p>Measure fashion’s environmental impact</p> <p> Discover the water used, CO2 & phosphorus emissions related to a garment or fashion collection with our calculator. </p> <a href="https://store.recovo.co/assets/environmental-impact-calculator-fashion/"> <button id="articleButtonDownloadCalculator">DOWNLOAD THE CALCULATOR</button> </a> </div> <div class="col-lg-6 col-12"> <img src="https://recovo.co/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/Icons_GIF_v3.gif" alt="impact calculator" /> </div> </div> <p><span class="b-a-1__parragraph-bold">Collaboration and Stakeholder Engagement:</span></p> <p>Circular design in fashion is inherently collaborative. Engage with suppliers, manufacturers, and consumers throughout the design process. Foster strong partnerships to ensure that diverse perspectives are considered, and solutions are economically viable and ethically sound. By involving stakeholders at every stage, your brand can create fashion items that are not only environmentally conscious but also align with market demands and consumer values.</p> <p><span class="b-a-1__parragraph-bold">Continuous Improvement and Iteration:</span></p> <p>Circular design is an iterative process that involves continuous improvement. Periodically evaluate your sustainable fashion brand’s performance in the marketplace, gather as much consumer feedback as possible and refine designs based on day-to-day needs and uses. This process, while it can be tedious, allows your brand to adapt to changing industry circumstances. It is a great advantage to integrate technological advances and address emerging challenges in the dynamic fashion industry without getting stuck in old patterns. Not listening to the new rules as they emerge and the new challenges imposed by the reality of the industry could actually be detrimental to your business.</p> <h3>Designing with 3 Circular Principles in Mind</h3> <p><span class="b-a-1__parragraph-bold">Design for Durability:</span></p> <p>In the world of sustainable fashion, durability is key. Prioritize quality construction, durable stitching, and choose fabrics known for their resilience. By creating durable garments, you reduce the frequency at which consumers need to replace their clothing, contributing to resource conservation and waste reduction.</p> <p><span class="b-a-1__parragraph-bold">Promote Circular Fashion Economy:</span></p> <p>Circular fashion design aims to create a system in which garments are designed for multiple life cycles and are resilient. It is important to plan how an entire collection can seamlessly integrate circular fashion principles. Explore take-back programs, recycling initiatives, and upcycling opportunities. Encourage consumers to return their old garments for recycling or offer incentives for secondhand purchases. Presenting all of this in a friendly, fun, and easy-to-understand way will motivate consumers to be part of the transition to circularity.</p> <p><span class="b-a-1__parragraph-bold">Incorporate Sustainable Practices:</span></p> <p>Encourage a connection with nature by incorporating sustainable practices into your designs. Explore biomimicry and draw inspiration from nature to design your garments. Also, champion eco-friendly manufacturing processes, such as waterless dyeing or waste-free pattern cutting. By aligning your design choices with nature’s efficiency, you generate a strategy that goes hand in hand with the industry’s new regulatory and sociological demands.</p> <h3>Conclusion</h3> <p>In conclusion, implementing circular design in a fashion business requires a strategic and conscious approach that has to encompass the entire life cycle of a collection. By choosing sustainable materials, prioritizing reparability and collaborating with stakeholders, you can contribute to a more circular and regenerative fashion industry. The circular design process involves extensive research, creative ideation, collaboration and continuous improvement, ensuring that your brand’s commitment to sustainability is impactful and long-lasting. By designing garments with principles such as durability, promoting a circular fashion economy and incorporating sustainable practices, your business can lead the way in fostering a more sustainable and ethical future for the fashion industry.</p> <a href="https://store.recovo.co/circularity-software/?utm_medium=content&utm_source=blog&utm_campaign=blog_upcyclingphrase">Enhance your sustainability efforts with Recovo’s Upcycling SaaS – Reduce waste, minimize expenses, and speed up the fashion production process by accessing real-time data on your internal stock.</a>

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