Recycled Fabrics: Producers, Suppliers and Processes

Recycled Fabrics: Producers, Suppliers and Processes

Stephanie Steele Tuesday, 1 September 2020

As small brands and independent studios, sourcing can take up a huge chunk of time - and rightly so, because fabric is the backbone of your product. The textile supply chain is complex, with some mills producing only the fibres, some producers only supplying the fabric in large quantities, and some people in the chain are not manufacturers at all but the certifying body. So to help you navigate the terminology and types of suppliers within the specific recycled textile realm, we've put together a starting block lesson.

Read on for the well-known recycled yarn innovators, the producers creating yarn from recycled feedstock, and the suppliers able to sell you metres of recycled fabrics. This is not a complex list, just one that aims to better point you in the right direction.

In this lesson you'll learn:

  • The key technologies and brands names you'll have come across from textile mills and brands
  • Mills to look out for when sourcing recycled fabrics
  • Further details on recycling certifications and market value of recycled fabrics

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