Where Responsible Fashion Begins | By Edwina Huang
So here we address the sustainable issue from the beginning of the lifecycle. But how about the end of the lifecycle? After all these clothes are made, are they still going to end up in landfill?
To share a little insight, op shop fabrics are up cycled fabrics, not of recycled fabrics. Recycled fabrics are made from waste, shredded and reformed back to a molecule level. With development and research over the past several years, we have been expanding developing our range of sustainable textiles made from recycled polyester (RPET plastic bottles) and recycled nylon (Econyl, recovered fishnet). To mention we are committed to supplying natural and sustainable organic fabrics as well.
We believe it is vitally important to address the sustainable issue from the start of the supply chain by providing a sustainable material.
“Not too long ago, when we first started, no one knew what recycled fabric was! Most people assumed recycled fabrics were fabric donations to op shops, which were made from second hand clothing.”
Vivify Textiles started its journey with the vision to create a circular economy through offering and innovating sustainable textiles made from recyclable reusable waste.”
We are thrilled to work with all our Australian and International customers and to educate them on what sustainable fashion means. Currently we have been working with two infamous, eco-friendly Aussie Designers; Ginger and Smart, KitX supplying fabrics for their current collections. We are your best point of leverage to unfold international sustainable fashion standard.
Through a multitude of experiences, sustainable fashion has proven to be a growing global movement with a large number of luxury brands shifting towards this direction. We have seen massive growth from the independent brands we’re working with locally and offshore, in the demand to meet their sustainability goals. For example, our recent online data indicates strong, positive growth in searching for sustainable textiles over in the US. Historically the US has had a slower uptake on this fashion trend.
To overcome this global problem, we need to treat and deal with these fabric wastes in mass scale in order to make it work. This leads us to ask ‘why do we need to use fabrics not made from recycled fibres’ for commercial level. Not only can we be more sustainable in our supply chain, but we can also help make sustainable fashion more accessible on a larger scale. By recycling more textile waste you reproduce and reuse it back through the supply chain.
Our biotechnology is designed to be sustainable by separating textile fibres. Unlike natural fibre such as cotton or linen, it takes more than 200 years for synthetic fibre – such as polyester and nylon – to be broken down biologically. There is a desperate need to resolve an issue such as this.
“Sustainable fashion has proven to be a growing international movement.”
Biotech is a scalable and feasible solution to recycle synthetic fibres, the process has minimal environmental impact in it’s recycling phase. This is why it is important to work with a supplier who has the expertise to offer sustainable textiles, but also cares about how to “close the loop” in the fashion supply chain.
We are here to instigate industry collaboration and partnerships. Vivify Textiles has been working on its recycling biotechnology, to help transform textile waste back to new fibres. We’re looking to become a huge part of this journey and take sustainable fashion to the next level. We’re encouraging and inviting new conversations from every level of industry, to happen today so we can work more closely towards our goal of reducing textiles in landfill.