Full-Life Recycling Program:
Giving Fabrics a Second Chance.
Let's cut millions of pounds of waste together. Now, it's possible to reclaim fabrics and recycle them back into authentic recycled fiber.
Recycled fabric diverts waste from the landfill, including plastic bottles, fabric scraps, and textile waste. But tackling the problem is not just about recycling post-consumer waste. Because behind every mound of post-consumer waste is a mountain of pre-consumer waste—the waste created by manufacturers when they make products for consumers. Guess what? Both pre- and post-consumer wastes are used to make recycled fabrics, reducing energy and water use and greenhouse gas emissions.
This image shows the ways recycled fabrics can be used in a garment. Click to enlarge.
Until now, textile waste has typically been down-cycled or put into the landfill. The Textile Takeback program gives fabrics a second chance by recycling them back into a new usable fiber.
The recycled fabric is made with 100% recycled materials—and manufactured like no other recycled yarn in the world. The proprietary process uses less energy and water, and produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) compared to making virgin polyester. It also offsets the need to use newly refined crude oil. Crude oil refining is a time-consuming, complex industrial process that consumes precious natural resources and energy to turn crude oil into a multitude of petroleum-based products. Some of these products are then made into ingredients that go into synthetic fibers.
And it all adds up:
For every 1 pound of recycled polyester yarn, 23,000 BTU’s* are conserved, equivalent to 0.20 gallons of gasoline.
*BTU is British Thermal Units
Contact St. Croix and learn how recycled fabrics can be a part of your promotional or retail program.