29 May 2019

RACONTEUR – Reuse, recycle: five brands show how it’s done

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By Jim McClelland

Five pioneering companies are using innovative methods to reuse and recycle textiles and other products that would otherwise go to landfill


Founded a decade ago in a shed on the Isle of Wight, Rapanui now makes clothes from certified organic cotton, in a wind-powered factory and using low-waste print technology. The company’s growing partners optimise use of rainwater, co-planting and insect traps, plus a special ingredient: cow poo.

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With suppliers certified to Oeko-Tex standards for textile products, costumes are produced in London from ECONYL yarn, a 100 per cent regenerated nylon fibre made from pre and post-consumer waste, including “ghost gear” of old fishing nets.

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