CO2 emissions related to fossil fuels have increased by 61%, the melting of the poles, the great heat waves, … climate change is teaching us a lesson and stopping it is in our hands.
Everything we do now to take care of the planet is essential for future generations. Therefore, our current actions should be considered to create the minimum environmental impact. Fashion is not only combining clothes, feeling comfortable or looking good, it goes much further, fashion is knowing what you buy, who is behind each garment and feeling proud to consume brands that respect the environment.
You cannot talk about sustainability without taking into account the environment that surrounds us and the protection of our land. In order to achieve sustainable production, it is essential to talk about circularity and infinite production with finite resources.
Mending, reusing, giving new uses to things that can no longer fulfill their original function, but are used for many others... All this is not new, it has been with us for a long time and we must not forget it. It is tradition and common sense, currently it is also called Circularity, it was already invented, but now technology allows us to take this concept further.
At Captain Denim we have been betting on this type of initiative for a good handful of years or, as our colleague Juan Ángel says, “everything is used here”. Next, we are going to explain what we have been doing and what we plan to do with the waste derived from our sector.
Pre-consumer waste is the remains of fabric generated from textile production. For example, scraps are one of the most common pre-consumer waste. These pieces can no longer be used in the production process, so the most usual thing is to dispose of them, incinerate them or recycle them.
In our case, we have been responsibly managing pre-consumer waste for more than two decades so that it can have a second life in other industries.
From our own factory we take care of classifying them by color and a waste manager processes it and creates yarn for the automotive sector.
Waste is generated throughout the production process, especially in the dyeing and washing of jeans. Although we use methods with which we manage to minimize waste, it is very difficult not to generate it.
After using the water in the washing machines, it goes to our treatment plant. Once it meets the parameters and is optimal for use, the water returns to the general water circuit of our town to be reused again.
To give a new useful life to the waste generated by washing , these are recovered creating a recoverable material that allows reuse in other industrial sectors, in the form of mud sheets.
Post-consumer waste is products that, after being used, have exhausted their useful life. In our case, post-consumer waste is pants that have already been used and that, for various reasons, are no longer used.
Currently post-consumer waste can be recycled, incinerated or ends up in landfills. Those that are recycled are turned into yarn so that they can be used again as fabric. For example, our Ecolojeans are made with recycled cotton from other jeans.
We are currently working on a new project called Neo-Recycling . One of the objectives is to develop technologies with low environmental impact. One of the pillars of Neo Recycling is the study of methodologies capable of obtaining recycled material from pre-consumer and post-consumer waste for its reincorporation into the production process and thus be able to have a completely circular production process.