Circularity's manufacturing process begins with the collection of batches of clothing. These clothes come from industry, hospitals or are unsold items from chain stores. The batches are sorted by color and composition.
Next, each batch is stripped. This means: stripped of the stitching and residual colors. The items from which the stitching and residual colors have been removed are put through the "fiberizer. This machine turns the clothing batch into bale pulp.
From fiber to cloth
Yarn is spun from the fibers. Then these yarns are knitted back into one cloth. This whole process is fully automated, but of course under the supervision of the expert staff.
At this stage, it is possible for the cloth to be dyed. And this is a unique process at Circularity, because no water is used for dyeing. In most cases, however, the canvas is not dyed, but retains its original color. By pre-selecting for color, this process is obvious.
From cloth to yarn
When the fabric is ready, patterns can be cut out. The garment item is ready when the patterns are stitched together on the stitching tables. Again, this process is fully automatic. The production process concludes with the folding of the items, after which the clothing is made ready for transport.
What will be saved?
We are happy to recap all the facts surrounding Circularity's production process:
- There are no new raw materials used to produce clothing.
- Growing a kilo of cotton costs about 17,000 liters. By working exclusively with used textiles, there is no claimed these amounts of water.
- Circularity's clothing becomes practical never dyed. This also saves a lot of water.
- Polyester is made from oil. Circularity saves on oil by working exclusively with used raw materials.
- Old clothing is in most cases burned. Per kilogram adds approximately 5.3 kilograms of CO2 free. Recycling instead of burning prevents this pollution.
- Cotton fields are treated with pesticides. By not laying claim to new textiles, the 2.5 kilograms of pesticides saved per kilogram of textile.