Wool recyclers aims to make use of unwanted garments and involve consumers

Wool and cashmere circular economy platform Re.Verso is launching a programme which aims to make use of unwanted garments and involve consumers as “active players” in recycling.

Entitled Take Back, it gives consumers the chance to bring their old woolen and cashmere garments to participating stores to be returned to the production cycle.

Re.Verso is an evolved supply chain platform formed by Italian textile providers, Green Line, Nuova Fratelli Boretti, Filpucci, and A. Stelloni by Mapel, which bills itself as the “first and only” platform for re-engineering wool and cashmere in fashion.

It turns post-industrial wool and cashmere offcuts into Italian-made yarns, fabrics and knitwear but this is the first time it has incorporated unwanted clothing from consumers.

Federico Gualtieri, CEO of Re.VerSo, said Take Back marked an “important step that envisions consumers and companies as responsible allies for a better future”.

Re.VerSo’s raw materials are Global Recycled Standard (GRS) certified meaning they conform to rigorous specifications regarding recycled content, chain of custody, social and environmental practices and chemical restrictions.

The re-engineered fibres are also third-party assessed by PRiMa-Q to require 92 % less energy and 82 % less water, and create 97 % fewer carbon emissions, than their virgin counterparts during manufacturing.

Some of fashion’s biggest names have employed Re.VerSo’s recycled products, including Gucci, Stella McCartney, Eileen Fisher, Filippa K, Patagonia and Whistles.