What is post-consumer recycled cotton?
Post-consumer cotton waste is made from worn clothes with high cotton percentage disposed of at the end of their life. Clothing sorters ensure that textiles put into their textile recycling bins will find a new purpose. By disposing of worn-out clothes correctly, you give your clothes a chance to be re-worn, recycled or downcycled!
Why do we use recycled fabrics?
Recycling worn clothing has a lot of environmental benefits. Most thrown-away garments end up in a landfill. There, the fabric slowly decomposes, which generates greenhouse gasses. On top of that, chemicals and dyes can leach into our groundwater and precious soil. Recycling our clothes keeps garments from ending up in those landfills and gives them a new purpose!
Recycling textile also reduces the consumption of energy, water and other resources. On top of that, recycled yarns sometimes need less or no dye, as the recycled fibres may already be coloured in just the right shade. Enough reasons to bring recycling into season!
How do we guarantee the cotton we use is recycled?
All the recycled cotton we use is GRS (Global Recycled Standard), or RCS (Recycled Claim Standard) certified. These are standards that prove that recycled content is really recycled and if they are made from pre- or post-consumer waste. GRS also includes social and environmental management criteria and chemical limitations. Kuyichi is GRS certified as a company as well.