Trend: Pangaia and Primark step up efforts to transform textile waste into new colors

The latest in a growing wave of circular textile innovations, the materials science company and global retailer have both launched collections that transform waste into new, colorful textiles that require no dyeing.

Pangaia Re-color Capsule transforms scrap materials into colorful dyes

‘This hoodie is colored using technology that recycles our textile waste into new colors’ | Image credit: Pangaia

Today, the materials science company pangea announced its latest innovation, the Re-color Capsule collection — bearing its signature 365 dye-dyed sweatshirts and sweatpants Recycrom™. Circular dyeing technology transforms Pangaia’s textile waste into colorful powder dyes.

The Re-color capsule includes four classic Pangaia styles colored with dyes created with Pangaia cut materials, and builds on the company’s efforts to find color innovations and create dyes that are less water-intensive and do not requiring no harmful chemicals. Pangaia has worked with Recycrom to turn its leftover materials into all-new shades – a process that, when scaled up, could help the textile industry move away from traditional, harmful chemical dyes.

Recycrom is a range of patented dyes Italian textile chemistry company
Office+39, made from textile waste from Pangaia. The technology recycles textile fibers into a full range of colored powders which the company says can be used as a pigment dye for fabrics and garments made from cotton, wool, nylon or any natural and most man-made fibers and blends. Unlike other dyes, Recycrom is not part of a chemical solution, which means it can be easily filtered from wastewater, reducing environmental impact.

The Re-color capsule helps close the loop on Pangaia hardware waste and – in conjunction with collections such as its recent Collect the capsule, which offers sweatshirts and sweatpants made from textile waste, is a step closer to a more circular system. The Re-color capsule includes a hoodie, track pants, t-shirt and shorts in aloe green, sky blue, apricot, coral pink and banana – soft colors all repurposed from PANGAIA’s base colors . The capsule will only be available on from August 4.

Primark expands partnership with Recover and expands RColorBlend technology globally

Image credit: Primark

Meanwhile, UKglobal clothing retailer
Primark recently announced that it has expanded its partnership with a recycled cotton producer Recover™ and will become the first high street retailer to use Recover’s unique system
MixRColor fiber on a global scale, in a new range of leisurewear. The partnership supports Primark’s commitment, through its Primark cares
strategy, to increase the amount of clothing containing recycled materials and is based on its ambition to make more sustainable fashion accessible to all.

“I’m excited to expand our partnership with Recover, to continue to bring their innovations to a broad market, and to support our work to increase the amount of recycled materials we use in our garments,” says Lynne Walker, Director of Primark Cares at Primark. “For change to happen at scale in the fashion industry, we need partnerships and collaboration; and we will continue to invest in partnerships like this to support our ambition to become a more circular business and reduce the impact we have on the environment.

Recover produces a series of low-impact, high-quality recycled cotton fiber and fiber blends – including RColorBlend – helping close the fashion loop. RColorBlend is produced by blending Recover’s colored recycled fiber from textile waste – factory cut waste or used clothing – with recycled backing fiber. Color accuracy is achieved by blending the two fiber types together, with no additional dye treatment and with a limited amount of water and chemicals to reduce environmental impact.

The RColorBlend range – made from recycled cotton and polyester fibers in a range of colors including grey, blue and pink – is available in select stores in 14 markets in Europe and the WE. A fourth generation family business backed by recent investments of HISTORY3 Capital and Goldman SachsRecover is on a mission to evolve its proprietary technology to have a lasting positive impact on the environment and to partner with brands/retailers and other changemakers to achieve industry sustainability goals.

“This latest product offering is another important step in our long-term partnership with Primark, with the aim of making circular fashion accessible and affordable for everyone,” says Alejandro Rana, director of business development at Recover. “By integrating Recover’s RColorBlend recycled fiber into its supply chain, Primark can produce high quality garments in a wide range of colors and with minimal environmental impact, helping to have a lasting effect on the industry. “

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