What are the benefits of using circular fabrics?
Circular fabrics are a new type of fabric that is made from recycled fibres. It is also called regenerated fabric or “up-cycled” fabric. The following points will discuss the benefits and uses of circularity, how they are made and what they can be used for.
No microfibres are released.
Microfibres are dangerous for marine life and can even cause them to starve. This is because microfibres are small enough to get into their mouths and gills, which prevents them from feeding properly. Dolphins and whales are especially vulnerable because they feed by filtering the ocean for food like krill or other small fish and plankton. They often ingest large amounts of plastic that cannot be digested.
Suppose you use conventional fabrics such as cotton or polyester. In that case, you’re releasing microfibres every time you wash your clothing—which means that if you wash a pair of jeans once a week (or more frequently than this), hundreds of thousands of pieces of microscopic plastic go into our oceans each year. Circular fabrics do not release any microfibres when washed; circular fibres have been proven to biodegrade within five years (compared with 100 years for conventional cotton).
It can be recycled and up-cycled multiple times.
- This is a great way to recycle materials and create something new. Circular fabrics are made from recycled materials, meaning they can be up-cycled multiple times without losing quality. Up-cycling is converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value. Up-cycling has many benefits: it reduces waste, keeps things out of landfills and prevents landfill overflow into the environment; it reduces carbon emissions (since less energy is used in production); and it creates new jobs.
It saves 60% of water.
With circularity, you can save 60% of water.
It takes less water to grow cotton than it does to grow other crops like corn, soybeans or wheat. And it takes less water to process the cotton into the fabric. In fact, according to Cotton Inc., one pound of cotton requires only about 700 gallons of water for growing and processing compared with the 3,000-5,000 gallons needed for a pound of polyester!
When you wash your clothes in hot or warm water instead of cold (which uses more energy), you’re also using less energy, thus saving more resources. Plus, because circular fabrics are so soft, they don’t require harsh chemicals for washing—so there goes another way we use up our precious supply of freshwater!
It saves energy than virgin cotton.
Circular fabrics are created using recycled cotton, which is then compressed into a circular shape. These properties create significant energy savings compared to traditional woven cotton fabrics. Because circular fabrics are lighter and easier to transport, they require less energy than virgin cotton in the production process.
It is biodegradable.
Another benefit of using circular fabrics is that they’re made from 100% renewable resources. Because of this, they can be composted in a commercial or home composting facility and converted into soil within 2-6 months. This means you don’t have to deal with the waste traditionally produced by disposable materials on your business’s end. You also won’t have to worry about recycling or disposing of parts that could harm the environment (like chemicals).
Circular fabrics are the ideal choice for consumers. They have innumerable benefits and can be used by everyone. It is eco-friendly and can be recycled without any environmental side effects. The textile industry has come a long way from using conventional cotton fibres to circular fibres made out of recycled bottles to provide sustainable clothing options for everyone.