Recycled fabric suppliers disrupted the fashion scene around 2017 for good reason. They provided a sustainable manufacturing solution that performance brands had been craving. For years, the green advice was to switch from petroleum-based synthetics like polyester and nylon to more natural fibers like cotton and hemp – bonus points if organic. But those fibers don’t hold up for swim, winter jacket, and yoga brands in wet, harsh conditions. Recycled polyester finally offered a sustainable alternative without sacrificing quality.
However, if you have been keeping up with the news, you’ll know that recycled polyester isn’t the cure-all once hoped. But it did spark a movement. Thanks to increased demand, other sustainable options became popular.
In this article, I will talk about all the recycled textile options available and share some of the best suppliers in the industry.