There are many different types of recycled clothing, they could be made from recycled plastic cups, recycled cotton, or other bizarre things. But what’s so special about t-shirts and other clothing made from recycled materials? Well...
What is “Recycling”?
Recycling is the process of taking a waste product, perhaps something that is old, no longer needed, or a by-product in a production process, and using it to make something new. Most local authorities in the United Kingdom now provide recycling services for most household waste, including paper and plastic. You can also recycled on your own, using food waste to make compost, for example.
Recycling on an industrial scale often involves breaking waste down into fibres and using it to make the same product again, or something completely different. For example, paper can often be recycled to make more paper, and you can often buy stationary made from plastic cups.
Why is recycling Important?
Recycling is important for a number of reasons:
- It helps to conserve precious raw materials
- It reduces the amount of waste that ends up in landfill
- It prevents damage to the environment
- It reduces energy consumption
There is something called “The Waste Hierarchy”, it outlines the impact that is made by different actions of dealing with waste. For example, it is better to reduce the amount of waste that is created in the first place, instead of recycling it into something new. But, if the waste is created, it’s better to recycle it than to throw it away. Therefore, we shouldn’t think of recycling as the ‘holy grail’ of waste management, but it is definitely important.
What is recycled clothing?
Well, recycled clothing is t-shirts, jumpers, hoodies, and other garments made from recycled material. Recycled clothing from A.M. Custom Clothing is made from 60% recycled, organic cotton and 40% recycled polyester. These materials come from offcuts of other products, are broken down into fibres and respun to make new, recycled garments.
Why is recycled clothing better?
Recycled clothing reduces the impact on the environment by reusing waste, be it from off cuts of previous production runs, or old clothing that is recycled to make new products. Our recycled t-shirts, jumpers and bags are of a higher quality than non-sustainable alternatives you can find on the market, which also helps to extend the life of the product, and in turn, reduce waste.
Is recycled clothing more expensive?
Recycling clothing from A.M. Custom Clothing is probably less expensive than you think. They are inline with other commercially produced sustainable and ethical products, and a blank t-shirt can be picked up for around £5.