Round Two

Autor: Maloja | Pictures: Michael Müller | Datum: 06. 12. 2018

Starting this winter, for the first time we are using exclusively a new stretch material that is made completely from recycled raw materials. Textile engineer and Maloja head of production Sven Köhler tells us the story behind.

Starting this winter, for the first time we are using exclusively a new stretch material that is made completely from recycled raw materials. Textile engineer and Maloja head of production Sven Köhler tells us the story behind.

When developing products, we are always looking for environmentally friendly materials. Finding these materials is not always easy, especially for functional garments. Therefore it is increasingly important that textile manufacturers like our partner MITI from Italy dedicate their production entirely to the development of environmentally friendly materials. Needless to say we were immediately impressed, when MITI Tech showed us Thermal Stretch ECO from their new Green Soul collection.

Why?

For the first time, Thermal Stretch ECO, which is a brushed, stretchy fabric, is made from 100% recycled materials, recycled nylon (83%) and recycled spandex (17%). Producing in this way meant that waste that was previously unusable was made usable and ultimately material that earlier on would have been waste has been transformed into a premium product.

What waste is this?

In regards to recycled nylon, industrial wastes from yarn production, carpets, packaging material or fishing nets are utilized. Spandex is recycled from garments and fabric remnants. Unlike PET bottles, which produce recycled polyester, there is no established recycling system for nylon and spandex. This makes the availability of recyclable raw materials more difficult.

Where does the raw material for Thermal Stretch ECO come from?

It comes from Europe and all raw materials are collected here. Nylon yarn is sent to Nurel in Spain for recycling and Spandex is sent to Asahi-Kasei in Germany before it is finally processed into fabric by Miti in Italy.


What is the upside for the environment?

Until now there has been no use for the waste and now it can be used again and furthermore reprocessed. Previously it would have all ended up in the garbage. As an example, recycling nylon waste reduces CO2 emissions by 53 percent. In the production of recycled spandex 75 percent of energy is saved compared to conventional spandex. Additionally there is less consumption of chemicals and fewer impurities in the water. Last but not least, the fabric is bluesign® certified, which means that it is subject to the world’s strictest textile standard for environmental, labour and consumer protection.


In which products is Thermal Stretch ECO used?

In the current autumn⁄winter collection 2019 we use Thermal Stretch ECO in 31 products, specifically in biking and cross–country skiing garments. In the photos you are able to view the hybrid items for the ladies CrestaM. and AlpinaM. as well as for the men BeppinM. and CorvatschM.

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