Recycled fabrics – A lust for life

In response to the environmental problems caused by textile waste, companies are devising ways to give fabrics a second life. Offcuts and unwanted clothing are collected, shredded and reduced to fibre, which is then twisted into yarns which can once again be used for weaving or knitting, in a zero-waste cycle! These new, regenerated textiles are not only innovative, ethical and eco-responsible, they make no concessions on aesthetic appeal and keep pace with the latest fashions. For the Fall/Winter 2019-2020 season, Première Vision turns the spotlight on these fabrics of the future, which are inspiring the entire fashion industry.


High quality, responsible fabrics crafted from recycled materials


The recycling of fibres (whether natural or synthetic) causes less harm to the environment than producing new natural fibres. Studies have shown that it takes about 11,000 litres of water to obtain 1kg of cotton, if you consider crop irrigation and cleaning the fibres. A T-shirt made of recycled fibres uses only 50L of water, compared with the 2700L needed for a standard cotton T-shirt.


In addition to cotton, all kinds of fibres can be recycled, including silk, polyamide, and even elastane. Waste from the food industry also comes into play when making polyester from plastic water bottles. What a miraculous reincarnation! Fishing nets found in the ocean (which account for 10% of marine waste) can be turned into polyamide yarns that give sports apparel and swimsuits the same characteristics as new polyamide yarns and can be recycled all over again. The benefits are multiple: clean the oceans, reduce the production of new synthetic fibres, avoid the polluting incineration of waste.


Recycled fabrics are the new face of eco-responsible fashion, a philosophy that strives for harmony across the environmental, economic and social spheres, with an ethical dimension at the heart of its work, and with care to ensure transparency and traceability of the products.


In 2019-20, the raw recycled look is over. Waste can now be transformed into premium materials, with the same high quality, appeal and variety as new fabrics: second-skin, metallics, prints, wet look, and more.


Since raw materials are not available in infinite quantities, producing fabrics without depleting the planet’s resources must become standard practice, and not a utopian experiment. Reasonable consumption and responsible industrial processes are major societal challenges, but this also creates an opportunity for differentiation among manufacturers and fashion brands who make this commitment. With their fashionable colours, pleasant touch and genuine technical qualities, the new recycled fabrics will lead us on the path to fashion that is sustainable and desirable, for the benefit of all.



Some recycled fabrics from the Marketplace

Lanificio Subalpino


2172 col 1 / Recycled Wool


Category : Fabrics

Subcategory : Colour-woven

Composition : 100% Wool Green Fiber

Colour : Grey

Season : Autumn winter


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Lanificio Cipriani Srl Unipersonale


Aznavour 1801


Category : Fabrics

Subcategory : Woollens

Composition : 45%PC 30%PL 20%WO 5%OF

Colour : Black

Season : Autumn winter


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Hokkoh Playspot


CM-102-A / Recycled polyester JQ


Category : Fabrics

Subcategory : Jacquard

Composition : 100% Polyester

Colour : Khaki

Season : Autumn winter


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LEMAR, Portugal

Rose Lem469 / printed


Category : Fabrics

Subcategory : Knits

Composition : 100% Recycled Pes

Colour : Multicolour

Season : Autumn winter


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Paltex Company Ltd


RRC404-B / Woven lanination 3L


Category : Fabrics

Subcategory : Technical fabrics

Composition : 100% Polymide from regenerated waste fishing nets with recycable Nylon film

Colour : Blue

Season : Permanent


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