CIRCULAR TEXTILE SYSTEM

 

CLOSED-LOOP INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING PROCESS 

Circularity is the understanding that:

"Everything you make returns to Earth as either food or poison."  - Slow Factory Foundation

A circular system is one in which products are designed, manufactured, used and handled so as to circulate within society for as long as possible, with maximum usability, minimum adverse environmental impacts, minimum waste generation, and with the most efficient use of water, energy and other resources throughout their lifecycles.

 

Collecting and sorting post-industrial waste from local garment factories, grounding these scraps back into fiber, to spin these once again into new yarns to weave and upcycle into our curated woven fabrics collection. 

 

The process is chemical-free, dye-free, and uses minimal water and energy. We do not add any synthetic fibers (such as polyester, nylon, acrylic, etc), committed to creating products that are all 100% natural and compostable - circular. 

 

The cottonseed and cotton lint, our own leftover material from our upcycling process, is passed on to coffee-growers, Finca San Jeronimo Miramar, to use as compost to cultivate specialty coffee in the highlands of Guatemala. Upcycling this waste back into production systems, making it a reusable and valuable resource, serving as food for new organisms. 

More than a process, it is a goal that is ethical, economical, efficient and visionary, guiding us in changing our practices to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are designed to become valuable resources for others to use. Our eco-industrial techniques have led us to reduce our carbon emissions, water, energy usage, and vastly minimize the consumption of new virgin raw material. Reusing discarded textiles that will allow for abundance and endless life cycles. Leading the way towards a sustainable and thriving industry, proudly operating under a circular economy, like the earth itself.

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Upcycled cotton yarn weaving in looms Photo: @threadcaravan