ONE MILE is constantly sampling garments with natural fibres and looking into fabrics with recycled components for our upcoming collections, ensuring we are doing so with the least amount of water, treatments and energy as possible. ONE MILE has also obtained certificate documentation on each material we use, to confirm traceablitiy. Sustainablitiy has always been a huge component in our design and manufacturing process, but of course we do not claim to be perfect. We are currently sampling garments with natural fibres and looking into fabrics with recycled components for our upcoming collections, ensuring we are doing so with the least amount of water, treatments and energy as possible. We are always researching ways to better our sustainable approach, and aim for our garments to be as sustainably minded as possible. Please read a little information we’ve put together regarding the materials we use.
Fashion for Good, a global initiative, has launched the Viscose Traceability Project. The project applies the innovative blockchain technology from TextileGenesis (a Fashion for Good Innovator) to trace the viscose in the textile supply chain. “A critical step towards a circular fashion industry is verifying that the materials used are sourced sustainably, processed responsibly and can provide the information needed to ensure their value can be recaptured at the end-of-use. This consortium project elaborates on our foundational traceability work with organic cotton to bring a scalable solution for traceability, from fibre to finish, in the viscose supply chain,” said Katrin Ley, managing director, Fashion for Good.
ECONYL, created by Italian firm Aquafil, uses synthetic waste such as industrial plastic, waste fabric, and fishing nets from oceans, then recycles and regenerates them into a new nylon yarn that is exactly the same quality as virgin nylon. This regeneration system focuses on 6 steps that form a closed loop which uses less water and creates less waste than traditional nylon production methods. Waste is collected, then cleaned and shredded, depolymerised to extract nylon, polymerised, transformed into yarn, and then re-commercialised into textile products. ECONYL is a way to recycle and replace virgin nylon in our everyday products and clothes. Traditional production methods for nylon are not eco-friendly, they require huge amounts of water and produce a hefty amount of nitrous oxide, which is 10 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
Nylon, a synthetic fiber made of polymers, doesn’t break down easily and accounts for about 10% of the debris in the ocean . According to the World Society for the Protection of Animals, more than 600,000 tons of fishing gear is dumped into oceans every year, including nylon nets. Fishermen often discard the nets because the alternative is paying someone to dispose of them properly. Recycled Nylon has the same benefits as recycled polyester: It diverts waste from landfills and its production uses much fewer resources than virgin nylon (including water, energy and fossil fuel). A large part of the recycled nylon produced comes from old fishing nets. This is a great solution to divert garbage from the ocean. It also comes from nylon carpets, tights, etc.
About 20,000 liters of water are needed to produce one kilogram of cotton, the equivalent of one T-shirt, and one pair of jeans, according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). One solution to prevent water scarcity issues is using recycled cotton. It's a very environmentally friendly fabric, even more than organic cotton. It offers many advantages for sustainable apparel production. Recycled cotton is collected from industry or consumer waste. Items are first separated by type and colour, then shredded by a machine into smaller pieces and further into crude fibre. It can then be respun back into yarn for reuse and given a new life as another product.
Recycled polyester is definitely a sustainable option for our wardrobe. Recycled polyester, often called rPet, is made from recycled plastic bottles. It is a great way to divert plastic from our landfills. The production of recycled polyester requires far fewer resources than that of new fibers and generates fewer CO2 emissions. There are 2 ways to recycle polyester: For mechanical recycling, plastic is melted to make new yarn. This process can only be done a few times before the fiber loses its quality. Chemical recycling involves breaking down the plastic molecules and reforming them into yarn. This process maintains the quality of the original fiber and allows the material to be recycled infinitely.