Garment Recycling

“Every year, tons of textiles end up in landfills. But as much as 95% of these textiles and clothes could be used again. Clothes can be sent to the nearest processing plant and are then graded and hand-sorted. Zero waste is the goal. Items that are too worn and torn to be reused will be recycled and turned into raw materials and new products.”

Where does the clothing go? –

Rewear – Clothing that can be worn again is marketed worldwide as second-hand goods.

Reuse -Textiles that are no longer suitable to wear are converted into other products, such as cleaning cloths.

Recycle -Textiles that can’t be reused get a new chance as textile fibres, or are used to manufacture products such as damping and insulating materials for the auto industry.

Energy -When rewear, reuse and recycle are not options, textiles are used to produce energy.

I:CO Collect unwanted garments and return them to their natural state. The name I:CO stands for “I collect.“ Their system is as follows: “We can all give back our discarded clothing, shoes or accessories such as belts or bags to the places we bought them. Worldwide I:CO provides the infrastructure to ensure that the valuable raw materials from these old textiles enter a closed loop production cycle and remain there. From collection to recycling, consumer goods are recycled and put to a new use. In this way every consumer and every participating company is actively contributing to climate protection.”

Did you know?
The production of a T-shirt consumes between 10,000 and 30,000 liters of water and means additional CO2 emissions of 3.6 kg. With a recycling process, only 5 to 10 percent of these quantities are used or produced!

Did you know?
It is already possible to recycle 30 % of the old items collected – and that figure is rising. Textiles are used, for example, as insulation material for the construction industry, for cushioning and filling material, for stuffed toys, insoles or bags; shoes are turned into floorings, keyrings, protective packaging, pellets or hard casing.

The I:CO formula: Rewear and Upcycling?
Our solution for achieving this closed loop product cycle is REWEAR & UPCYCLING. REWEAR means that, firstly, what is still wearable is worn again. This ensures that the energy which once went into making the product is respected and optimally used. After all, we get rid of a car just because we no longer like the color. UPCYCLING means that a discarded textile or shoe is used to create a new product of equal or better quality. Items that can no longer be worn go into an UPCYCLING process and are thus retained in the loop – so that a pair of jeans today can be turned into a new pair of jeans in the future.

My Views –

  • Reduce the environmental impact of the fashion industry by limiting the amount of waste ending up in landfills.
  •  I:CO provides the infrastructure for closing the loop in which your unwanted clothes are repeatedly reprocessed and made available for new use.

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