By using recycled PET we are reducing water consumption by 20% and energy consumption by 50%, CO2 emissions by 60%* (*Estimated data on recycled PET vs conventional polyester). Recycled polyester can be recycled again, which is why this material is highly valued in the circular economy.At ECOALF we work with recycled polyester of the following origins:
RECYCLED PET POLYESTER (post-consumer waste)
Most of the recycled polyester we use is made out of recycled plastic water bottles (PET _ Polyethylene Terephthalate). These bottles are recycled with a mechanical process that first transforms them into flakes and pellets to then be spun to high-quality yarn.
RECYCLED PET POLYESTER FROM THE SEA (post-consumer waste)
The Ecoalf Foundation was born in the Mediterranean Sea in 2015, leading the Upcycling the Oceans project with one goal, to save the planet and the oceans. Currently collaborates with more than 3000 fishermen over 50 ports, leading to more than 550 fishing vessels. We spent more than 2 years developing the technology to transform the plastic from the ocean into high-quality yarn. We are working with our mills to change the conventional recycled polyester into this new yarn made out of recycled plastic from the Oceans. Only 5 to 10% of the collected trash is PET, this is the only material we can transform into high-quality yarn. As part of our mission to protect our oceans and to fight marine litter, we are collecting and guaranteeing the proper management of 100% of the waste collected. We want to use our voice and the fishermen’s voices to raise the awareness for on ocean conservation.
RECYCLED POLYESTER FROM GARMENTS (post-industrial and post-consumer waste)
Currently we are seeking and testing a new technology that allows our suppliers to transform old garments into recycled yarn to create recycled fabrics for our collections. Unfortunately, this innovative technology is not yet available to most of our suppliers, but we already have some products made of used garments.
We chose recycled wool as an alternative to conventional wool sourced directly from animals.
Recycled wool is a material that has already been in use for some years now. Countries like Spain and Italy have the tradition of making fabrics out of recycled wool. The wool is recycled via a mechanical process that is similar to the one used for cotton. Just like in the case of recycled cotton, the resulting fiber is of a lower quality than the conventional one.
This is why regenerated wool has always been considered a material of low or secondary quality. Our objective is to elevate the quality of this material, so that it reaches the level of virgin wool.
To achieve this, we are working on two areas:
1. Choosing raw materials (post-industrial wool)
of the highest quality that allows us to have the best result in the final product.
2. Working on sustainable and innovative finishing processes
that improves the final characteristics of the fiber, thereby achieving a softer and lighter feel
"All our decisions have to be made with the goal of making the less harm possible to the planet and local communities."