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Partnership for large-scale post-consumer textile recycling announced

UK-headed Beyond Retro, a leading European vintage clothes retailer, and Canadian parent company Bank and Vogue Ltd, have announced an innovative project in partnership with Swedish textile recycling company Re:NewCell AB, that will turn post-consumer denim into a new, recycled fibre at industrial scale.

UK-headed Beyond Retro, a leading European vintage clothes retailer, and Canadian parent company Bank and Vogue Ltd, have announced an innovative project in partnership with Swedish textile recycling company Re:NewCell AB, that will turn post-consumer denim into a new, recycled fibre at industrial scale (photo courtesy Beyond Retro).

The partnership has developed from a groundbreaking project that sees Beyond Retro offering its experience in the used garments space, together with Re:NewCell’s technological expertise in textiles to give new life to 90 000 pairs of secondhand jeans.

By working together to change the potential for recycled clothing, through closing the post-consumer textile loop will provide a boost to recycled fashion within a brand new framework.

Beyond Retro’s parent company, ​Bank and Vogue are one of the largest traders in used apparel in North America, and operator of the largest commercial re-manufacturing facility in the world in India with over two decades of textile circular economy experience in the ReUse space.

Offering a completely unique perspective, Bank and Vogue is the only full circle global solutions provider in the reuse world of the apparel industry.

The key to the future of sustainable fashion is to maximize the value hierarchy of used apparel. We aim to resell, then repair, and remake, but by partnering with Re:NewCell, we can forge new ground through fibre technology to recycle. In this process, we can work on tackling a larger problem of unwanted, discarded clothing, and we’re thrilled to be a supplier of post-consumer textiles that will truly be recycled, commented Steven Bethell, Creative Director of Beyond Retro.

Novel cellulosic textile waste recovery

Fibre-to-fibre recycling has long been the missing link to fully close the loop on fashion. The pioneering Re:NewCell cellulosic textile waste recovery process dissolves the fabric of the jeans to create a natural pulp that can then be spun into textile fiber and fed back into textile production to produce new high-quality garments; creating a fully circular economy.

The company operates a demonstration plant in Kristinehamn, Sweden, the first of its kind in the world, and has the capacity to recycle 7 000 tonnes of discarded textiles every year.

We’re excited to partner with Beyond Retro to recycle worn-out jeans into a pristine raw material for the fashion industry. This collaboration brings together the expertise needed to prove that truly circular fashion, from reuse to recycling, finally works. The precious material in 90 000 pairs of jeans can now be recovered and made into clothes once again, saving massive amounts of CO2, freshwater, and chemicals, said Mattias Jonsson, CEO of Re:NewCell.

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