With rising popularity of cashmere, more and more fashion houses are incorporating cashmere knitwear in their winter collection. Cashmere makes up $4 billion dollars of the $60 billion luxury market according to a survey. Many of the high street labels are starting to sell cashmere in cheaper prices. This is suddenly increased the demand of cashmere raw material demand and needless to say overproduction leads to exploitation of the source to meet the growing demand.
This has risen concerns about cashmere fibre being sustainable among fashion industry critics. Fashion industry now is considered the second most polluting industry in the world with carbon emissions more than total international flights and maritime shipping combined. It contributes to a large percentage of wastage every year with rising overproduction and quick turnaround of seasonal collection. People are more driven toward buying cheaper fabric that can be worn few times are thrown away. This is causing a great impact in our environment as more production means more carbon footprints and more wastages are piling up in the landfill.
With a concept of reusing the offcuts, old pieces, garments that are not accepted by the QA, our factory has started reusing and recycling cashmere yarn to be part of the greater cause.
HOW IS CASHMERE RECYCLED IN OUR FACTORY?
1) Firstly all the sweaters and offcuts are separated according to their composition and colors.
2) They are then unravelled, by hand and made in cones. The two ends of the yarn are tied together into a knots which will be fixed later.
3) The similar color tones yarn are then dyed into a darker tone to bring consistent new color.
4) They are again knitted using hand knit machines, which are operated solely by hands.
5) The knots that are made to tie shorter yarn threads are then mended by hand by expert menders and they look like they never existed.
Our process of recycling is different than other companies who shred the threads and make new yarn out of it. This process usually leads to shorter, lesser quality fiber. However, our process does not break the fibre so we are able to produce new yarn without compromising the quality of the cashmere or mixing it with virgin cashmere or other wool. Hence our recycled cashmere is 100% recycled cashmere.