Collection: Waste textiles or clothes are collected from a clothes bank or are purchased from charities that sell them on in bulk.
Sorting: Incoming material is then sorted by type and colour. The fabric is sorted into colours so that it doesn’t need to be re-dyed.
Pulling/Shredding: The fabrics are then pulled into fibres or shredded, sometimes introducing other fibres, to make a yarn. At this point, polyester based fabrics are shredded, granulated and made into polyester chips. These are then melted and used to create new polyester fibres.
Cleaning/Mixing: The yarn is then cleaned and mixed through a carding process.
- Re-spinning: The yarn is then re-spun and ready to be used in weaving or knitting. Not all fibres spun, some used as textile fillers for things such as mattresses.
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