Did you know that the environmental impact of the cashmere industry is approximately 100 times that of the wool industry?
Cashmere comes from a special breed of goat that is found between Mongolia, Southwest China, Iran, Tibet, Northern India and Afghanistan. They have very little fat so they grow very soft and fine fibres underneath their coat to keep them warm in the winter. When the temperature increases, the goats shed their coats and that is when a producer can comb out the fine hair. These hairs are what makes cashmere.
However, with increased demand, the goats can be the first to be affected - shearing them too early mid-winter means that they can freeze to death. Alongside this, the grasslands where they roam are suffering. Since there is a demand for lower prices, herders need more goats to produce the same amount of cashmere. Did you know it takes 4 goats to produce a cashmere sweater? Overpopulation of goats is damaging the grasslands turning them to deserts, and herders have to deal with the pressure of feeding increasing numbers of goats.
That's why we decided to use recycled cashmere in the form of Re.VerSo™ Yarn.
What is Re.VerSo™ Yarn?
Re.Verso™ is the trademark of a truly innovative supply chain that relies on the collaboration of 4 key companies, all based in Italy. The yarn is essentially made from textile waste. Although there are different types, our Re.Verso™ Yarn is made from pre-consumer waste, such as industrial scraps from factories and knitters. Because it is pre-consumer, it means that it is more traceable and offers a great circular solution.
The result is a re-engineered yarn, which has the same soft, insulating qualities as cashmere - just without the negative environmental and social impacts taking place in the cashmere industry.
How is it made?
Through a collaboration between the 4 key companies as follows:
Based in Recanati, they are responsible for the sourcing and sorting of pre-consumer textile waste from Italy and some selected European countries.
Nuova Fratelli Boretti
They are responsible for hand picking the selection of materials that can then be mechanically transformed to produce high quality fibres. Based in Tuscany, they have been working with regenerated textile materials since 1960.
During the 3rd phase, Filpucci Spa focuses on the transformation of the fiber into high quality Re.Verso™ Yarns. Also based in Tuscany, they are a world leader in the production of high quality yarns, innovative products and technical expertise.
A.Stelloni Collection by Mapel
Focused on creating textiles and fabrics for the fashion industry, all of the production is done in Prato.
Why have we chosen to use it?
Re.VerSo™ yarn offers the same quality as virgin cashmere, but with a much smaller carbon footprint (read our blog post here to find out the problems that are associated with virgin cashmere). All ReVerso™ yarn is CO2 free, untreated and went through a Life Cycle Analysis, which identified that regenerated cashmere has a lower environmental impact in all categories analysed compared to virgin cashmere. As an example each kg of Re.Verso uses 92% less water than virgin cashmere. It’s a yes from us!
The majority of Re.Verso™yarns are not re-dyed, instead the materials are sorted by colour and fibre being sent for testing. They are also GRS (Global Recycling Standard) certified, which makes sure that the recycling process is verified and traceable.
Which products are made from it?
Recycled Cashmere Sweater
Recycled Cashmere Beanie
Recycled Cashmere Scarf
Recycled Cashmere Funnel Neck Sweater
Recycled Cashmere Sweater 05
Recycled Cashmere Socks
Recycled Cashmere Stripe Scarf
Global Recycled Standard
Images via Re.VerSo™