What is pre-consumer recycled cotton?
Pre-consumer means the fibres are recycled before a garment has made its way to you, the consumer. They can come from all waste streams in the cotton supply chain. Think of leftover fibres from spinning and dyeing, defective or overstock fabrics and leftover scraps from cutting. When a supplier cuts the patterns of jeans out of large pieces of fabric, all the bits in-between are left over and often discarded. Recycling these scraps and fibres gives value to cotton fibres that would otherwise have been disposed of as waste.
Why do we use recycled cotton fabric?
We have been using pre-consumer recycled cotton in our denim fabrics since 2012 to close the loop in garment production. With pre-consumer recycled cotton, you know what is inside your waste stream, as you are aware of the composition of the yarn and fabrics used. Whereas with post-consumer recycled cotton, you often do not know the exact fibre composition because you’ve got a bulk of different garments, all with their own compositions. Therefore, with pre-consumer recycling, it is often easier to produce high-quality yarns.
Using leftover fibres and scraps also increases material efficiency at production facilities. We don’t want anything to go to waste! Not only that, but recycling greatly reduces the water, energy and chemicals needed to produce virgin fibres. The lower the impact, the happier our earth.
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.