Clothing Brand Turns Unwanted Fabrics Into Colored Dyes To Make New Apparel
By Nicole Rodrigues, 05 Aug 2022
These pastels are pink, orange, blue, and yellow—but mostly, they’re green.
Pangaia, a material science brand, has upcycled its own garment waste into vibrant dye for its latest clothing collection.
The ‘Re-color’ collection is a pastel-shaded loungewear capsule line that takes a sustainable approach to dyeing. The process to obtain the color reimagines an age-old method and mixes it up with a patented dyeing process called ‘Recycrom’.
‘Recycrom’ was created by Officina+39, an Italian textile brand that takes scraps of fabric that have been tossed and turns them into colored powder. This is then used as the basis for other clothes.
The powder works with any organic fiber, nylon, and artificial blends. To take eco-friendly measures to the next level, the dyes can be filtered out of the water to reduce carbon footprint even further.
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The colors Pangaia has created include ‘Aloe Green’, ‘Sky Blue’, ‘Banana’, ‘Apricot’, and ‘Coral Pink’. The bright and environmentally-friendly hues were then turned into a line of hoodies, sweatpants, T-shirts, and shorts—fit for the most colorful Earth-lovers out there.
Pangaia’s production methods are also a testament to its sustainability. It uses 100% organic cotton and rain-fed water during the process. Coupled with that is the brand’s own Pprmint Treatment—a blend of peppermint oils that have an antibacterial effect on the clothes—used on the garments to keep them fresher.
As the fast-fashion industry grapples to keep out of landfills, it is refreshing to see brands repurpose waste into things that are aesthetically pleasing, even.
The clothing line is being sold on the brand’s website and ranges from US$75 to US$175.
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