Why Recycled Cotton is good for the planet

By Mikkel Jerichau
24th April 2019
Why Recycled Cotton is good for the planet

Why is it important to use recycled cotton?

Cotton is harvested from cotton plants and processed into cotton yarn or fabric. Recycled cotton fabrics, manufactured with cotton recycled and waste fabrics, reduce our use of virgin cotton and thereby the significant water, carbon footprint and other impacts from cotton farming.

Cotton recycling prevents unneeded wastage and is a more sustainable alternative to disposal. Recycled cotton usually comes from second hand textile or waste and leftovers which gets spun into new yarn, and later on fabrics.

How does the recycling process work?

During the recycling process, the cotton waste is sorted and then processed through stripping machines that break the yarns and fabric into smaller pieces before pulling them apart into cotton fiber. The mix is created multiple times in order to clean and mix the fibers to sustain the comfort and softness of the cotton.

Cotton is a quite resource-demanding harvest in terms of use of water, pesticides and insecticides. Using recycled cotton results in significant savings of natural resources and thereby a reduction in pollution. Recycling one tonne of cotton can save around 765 cubic metres of water.

Recycling cotton cuts down on the demanding process of creating brand new cotton products, it’s a natural fiber and is biodegradable, so any leftover fibers that can’t be recycled or used further can be composted and will not take up space in landfills.

Tekla’s beach towels are a mix of recycled and organic terry, made from 100% cotton. With a natural feel and great absorbency the towels are made to keep you comfort, whether you are going for a swim or enjoying the sun.

Mikkel is a content writer for Tekla Fabrics.