3: Recycled polyester

In the world of textile, recycled polyester emerges as an unsung hero, a synthetic fiber born from post-consumer PET bottles, and it’s a star player in iqoniq’s low-impact collection. This marvel upholds the same quality standards as virgin polyester, offering equal strength, elasticity, durability, and colorfastness.

What sets recycled polyester apart is its ability to sidestep the petroleum-based production process, conserving precious natural resources. However, the ecological upsides do not end there. Crafting recycled polyester consumes less energy, emits fewer CO2 emissions, and demands less water, all while sparing the planet from the plague of non-degradable waste.

But let’s face the facts. Recycled polyester, like its virgin counterpart, confronts a significant challenge at the end of its lifecycle – it is not biodegradable. That is where iqoniq’s mission comes into play. Not only do we create high-quality products from discarded materials, but we also prioritise mono materials, simplifying the second wave of recycling where only mono materials can be reprocessed.

Together, let’s promote low impact clothing and contribute to an environmentally conscious future for the planet.

The nature of recycled cotton – impurities and colour variation

Our recycled cotton is made from cutting waste supplied from local markets close by to where our factories are located. This waste is collected from different factories, different fabrics, different productions.

Cutting waste is separated by colour and then manually cleaned from any foreign materials. However, some impurities may still remain inside the waste and may show up in limited extend later on in the final fabric appearance. For example a bit darker or a bit thicker yarn. These impurities enhance the nature of the recycled product and should be seen as an asset, not as a defect.

The final shade of recycled cotton fabric depends on the initial colour assortments of the waste.
Especially our undyed heather colours and the natural raw colour are made with completely water free processes, and therefore may have some slight colour variations between different pieces.

We believe that both, impurities and colour shading, prove the true story of our recycled process.

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