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 slowing it down is in our hands.
Everything we do now to take care of the planet is essential for future generations. That's why our present actions should be thoughtful to create the minimum environmental impact. Fashion is not just about matching clothes, feeling comfortable or looking good, it goes far beyond that, fashion is about knowing what you buy, who is behind each garment and taking pride in consuming 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 be able to produce sustainably, 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 serve many others... All this is not new, it has been with us for a long time and we should not forget it. It is tradition and common sense, nowadays it is also called Circularity, it was already invented, but now technology allows us to take this concept further.
At Capitán Denim we have been supporting this type of initiative for a good handful of years, or as our colleague, Juan Ángel says, "Here we take advantage of everything". Here, 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 fabric remnants generated from textile production. For example, remnants are one of the most common types of pre-consumer waste. These pieces can no longer be used in the production process, so they are usually disposed of, incinerated or recycled.
In our case, we have been managing pre-consumer waste responsibly for more than two decades so that it can have a second life in other industries.
In our own factory, we take care of colour sorting 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 to minimise waste, it is very difficult not to generate it.
After the water is used in the washing machines, it goes to our treatment plant. Once it meets the parameters and is optimal for its use, the water returns to the general water circuit of our locality to be reused again.
To give the waste generated by the washing process a new useful life, it is recovered to create a recoverable material that can be reused in other industrial sectors, in the form of sludge slabs.
Post-consumer waste are products that, after having been used, have reached the end of their useful life. In our case, post-consumer waste is trousers that have already been used and, for various reasons, are no longer used.
Post-consumer waste can currently be recycled, incinerated or landfilled. Those that are recycled are spun into yarn so that they can be used again as fabric. For example, our Ecolojeans are made from recycled cotton from other jeans.
We are currently working on a new project called Neo-Recycling. One of the objectives is to develop low environmental impact technologies. One of the pillars of Neo-Recycling is the study of methodologies capable of obtaining recycled material from pre-consumer and post-consumer waste to be reincorporated into the production process in order to have a completely circular production process.