Going Green - Textile Recycling

Conscious of our ever-changing environment, we're always looking at ways we can improve our impact on the planet, both personally and professionally.

This month we're "going green" - and we'll take a look at different ways that some of our brands approach sustainable business practices, as well as habits we can adapt to shape our own eco-footprints.

First up, we take a look at Icon Textiles and how they are supporting the 'closed-loop' model of sustainable textile production...



Recycled Fabrics


The team at Icon Textiles believe the most environmentally friendly brick is the one left in the wall.

"Our commitment to reducing waste in Interior Design has led us to work with mills committed to the same cause we are, causing the least possible environmental impact in production while maintaining quality of design and durability."

Utilising the unique Recover + Closed-Loop program, Icon Textiles and the mills that they support able to do just that for Fashion and Interior environments.
Textiles made from Recover Yarns can flow through the Upcycled Textile System for many life-cycles. Recover creates long-lasting, high-value products in each successive generation.


and so the cycle flows...


Used clothes and garment production waste is submitted.

Old garments and textile waste are deposited at collection bins for re-wear or recycling.
This is then recovered from all over the world.

Textiles waste, recover fabrics

The textile waste is then upcycled into new Recover fiber.

Cutting/Shredding and Spinning what was once considered “waste” into valuable new recover yarns.

Recover yarns are made Into new fabrics.

Recover yarns are knit or woven into new textiles for virtually every product application imaginable.

Mill recover fabrics icon textiles

New products are made from recover fabrics.

Apparel, accessories, home, and industrial products are cut and sewn from textiles made with Recover yarns. Closing the loop on fashion and interiors.

New recycled product

Recycled Fabrics

This is what is appearing on the back of the hangers:

This Recover™ Icon Everyday fabric is made from 100% recycled cotton and polyester, recovered from our supply chain using sustainable business practices.

Using one tonne of recycled cotton and polyester yarn:

• Saves 4817.6 litres of water
• Saves 16.5kg of chemical products
• Avoids the emission of 233.8kg of CO2 into the atmosphere
• Avoids the dumping of 3574.4 litres of contaminated wastewater
• Saves 512.5 kW/H of energy
• Recycles textile garments or clips and PET bottles that would otherwise be treated as waste
• Saves 1990.1m surface area of cotton growing land per tonne of yarn, which can be used to grow other crops


Recover™ is Third Party Certified for the highest labour and environmental standards – The Global Recycled Standard, The Global Compact, and Oeko-Tex Standard 100. Icon Textiles supports and encourages environmentally sustainable interior design for a greener future. www.icontextiles.co.nz


The Designs

Recycled fabric designs

The current Recover™ textiles - available through the Icon Everyday range - come in four designs:





All suitable for curtaining and upholstery with soft handles and 30000 Martindales.

All sampling available through Icon Textiles (Auckland) and Designmade showrooms (Wellington & Christchurch).


So what is the 'closed loop' system? 

At a basic level, a closed loop system is one which embraces the circularity of materials, understands from the concept of an idea that all component parts of a product can and should be broken down at the end of its useful life to be reconstituted into new products.

This is something that is already taking place in the car industry through regulation and it is a process creeping into the textile industry as an increasing number take note of the impending resource scarcity issues. On top of this, waste is also becoming an increasing issue across several industries - and with very few textile recycling centres available in New Zealand, it can be very difficult to find sustainable solutions.

We think it is great to see some of our brands taking a look at their respective industries and coming up with creative solutions to these problems.

To read more about the Recover™ 'closed loop' movement - please take a few moments to check out their website: