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The Recycle Factory – RECOVER

Since 1947 third-generation family business RECOVER has been pioneering the production of sustainable materials through mechanical recycling. Located in the Mediterranean Valencia the factory works closely together with our neighbouring fabric mill Tejidos Royo.

The Recycle Factory – RECOVER

Since 1947 third-generation family business RECOVER has been pioneering the production of sustainable materials through mechanical recycling.

The process

At RECOVER the metals are taken out of the old jeans consisting of more than 96% cotton. They are shredded until they resemble a blueish version of virgin cotton. All the water, energy and manual labour needed to grow virgin cotton is avoided at this stage and replaced by a minimal amount of energy needed to shred the fabric. During the next stage the shredded material is mixed with organic virgin cotton and spun into a new yarn. Together with RECOVER, we developed a fabric consisting of 40% recycled post-consumer denim. We don’t mean to brag but this is the highest amount out there at the moment. From there on it is send to their neighbouring fabric mill Tejidos Royo where the yarn is dyed and woven into fabric.

Fabric collection

RECOVER works with brands and companies to collect fabric waste in order to recycle it to new yarns. Their yarns have scored highest in the Higg Material Sustainability Index, which means they are free from hazardous substances and exceed the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) and Reach compliance standards. So no need to worry, the preloved denim that our fibre is made of is nothing but good for the wearer and the environment.

Recycle tour

In 2016 we went on a roadtrip to deliver the first badge of old MUD Jeans to the recycle factory. Have a look inside the factory: