Lurdes Sampaio: Rfive Project, Portuguese textile triad united in complete circular economy process

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In the north of Portugal, most precisely in Vila Nova de Famalicão, as born a project that brings together knowledge, experience and the skills of 3 companies, designed and developed as a model of the sustainability based on the circular economy.

Our purpose is to give a solution to the brand to recycle their stocks and production waste. Consequently, we get a production run without the emission of CO2, no water consumption and zero chemical products, not compromising the final product quality.

Recutex, Fiavit and Lurdes Sampaio are thus the players in the Rfive project, driven by the challenge of turning the old into the new and creating a translated process by the 0 waste concept.

The first company Recutex has been recycling textile fibers for over 5 decades from unused or end-of-life garments you receive from brands and clothing waste.

The second company Fiavit produces new yarn that has already been recycled, also for more than three decades, from these same fibers.

The third company, Lurdes Sampaio uses this yarn with a high percentage of recycled fibers in the production of new meshes that he introduces in his collections and that will later originate to new garments.

Thus, was born the Rfive project, whose name refers to five of the basic principles of sustainability and circular economy: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Renew and Restore.

“Social and environmental awareness in companies has revealed initiatives of success in the textile and clothing industry and this project aims to be a great contribution to a sustainable textile chain and more conscious consumption, minimizing the environmental impact throughout its process”, explains Maria Sá, CEO of the company founded by his mother, Lurdes Sampaio. “This is a turnkey project that incorporates more than half a century of experience in the production of recycled fibers in a global project”, claims João Valério, Director of Recutex and Fiavit. The process begins with the collection of textile waste, followed by the choice, separation and preparation of recycled textile fibers and then fiber spinning recycled, ending up in the production of knitted fabrics with recycled cotton. “We managed, in this way, to close a cycle”, he emphasizes. The idea came up with the purpose of anticipating the norms and objectives of the european union related to textile recycling for 2025 and with this, from now on, involving the big brands in the process, making them also a player. 

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