Recycled fibers at Simons

These are fibres obtained by transforming waste that has been meticulously sorted and processed so that it can be reused for making new clothing and, therefore, upgraded.

In the textile field, waste is collected at two stages in a garment's life cycle:

- Post-industrial,
or the leftover yarn and fabric scraps resulting from textile production

- Post-consumer,
or garments, upholstery fabric, napkins, and other textile materials that have reached the end of their life

By using reusable products and reducing waste, recycling is one of the best solutions for countering the disposal of waste by landfill or incineration.

Waste's Environmental Impact

Do you know how many years it takes to break down the most common waste found in our ecosystems?1

Fishing Nets

Around 600 years

Plastic (Bottles, bags, straws)

From 450 to 1,000 years

Polyester

Around 200 years

Rubber

Between 50 and 80 years

Nylon

Between 30 and 40 years

Acrylic

Doesn't decompose in a human time frame

Besides taking many years to break down, the process of decomposing these materials is far from without its consequences. In fact, most waste releases methane and carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and contaminates the surrounding water and soil with toxic substances. In addition to landfills, waterways and beaches are the most affected by pollution. Every year, it's estimated that 8 million metric tons of plastic are dumped into the oceans. 2

Recycled Polyester

Conventional polyester is the most utilized fibre in the clothing industry. Like plastic, it's made of a synthetic material sourced from fossil-based resources. Recycled polyester is an alternative that helps eliminate the need for new petroleum and keep plastic waste from accumulating in our environment.
After being collected and sorted, the plastic waste is thoroughly washed and treated. These bits of plastic are then melted and turned into fibres. This preserves the quality of the material and allows the fabric to be recycled an infinite number of times.

Sources: HIGG MSI3 comparing GRS-certified, mechanically recycled polyester to conventional polyester

Recycled Nylon

Frequently found in clothing, nylon is also frequently found in our seas and oceans. Every year, it's estimated that roughly 600,000 metric tons of fishing equipment, including nylon nets, are discarded into them. This represents 10% of the debris found in our bodies of water.4

Although more technical and expensive than transforming plastic waste, nylon recycling is possible and has excellent environmental benefits.

Included in the scraps used to make recycled nylon products are:

- Fishing nets
- Pantyhose
- Post-industrial fabric scraps
- Reclaimed clothing

Source: HIGG MSI3 comparing GRS-certified, mechanically recycled nylon to conventional nylon

Recycled Cotton

This popular natural fibre is also one that can be recycled! Recycled cotton gives textile scraps a second life. By reusing reclaimed clothing, cotton scraps, and other post-industrial and post-consumer waste to compensate for the production of new materials, the amount of water, energy, and dye used is massively reduced.

Sources: HIGG MSI3 comparing recycled cotton to conventional cotton

Recycled Wools

Wool is a material that's cherished and highly sought after by consumers. In order to enjoy its thermal properties and sophistication while simultaneously reducing the environmental impact linked to its production, be sure to select pieces made of recycled wool fibres such as cashmere or lambswool.

In addition to giving materials a second life, this alternative helps eliminate the carbon emissions linked to animal farming.

As wool is a durable and high-quality material, the clothing made out of it can last a long time. In fact, many studies5 show that wool garments stay in our wardrobes longer than clothing made of other materials and that they are more likely to be recycled at the end of their life.6 According to the International Wool Textile Organization, wool items account for 5% of the total weight of consumer clothing donations. So keep your well-loved wool pieces for years, and think about donating them to someone else when the time comes!

Source: HIGG MSI3 comparing GRS-certified recycled wool derived from textile scraps with Australian virgin wool

TENCELTM Lyocell with REFIBRATM Technology

Relatively new in the textile market, TENCELTM Lyocell fibres are produced with innovative REFIBRATM technology, which involves upcycling cotton scraps in addition to wood pulp during the manufacturing process.

It should be noted that the wood pulp used to produce this material comes entirely from certified and controlled sources. Additionally, TENCELTM Lyocell is made using a closed-loop production process, meaning that the water and solvents are reused every time. This way, nothing is wasted, contaminated, or thrown away!

REFIBRA TENCEL lyocell environmental impact
REFIBRA TENCEL lyocell environmental impact

Sources: HIGG MSI3 comparing TENCELTM Lyocell to conventional lyocell

Vision Tricolour cardigan Tricolour cardigan
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$50.00

Vision Flowing slip dress Flowing slip dress
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$60.00

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$69.00

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$79.00

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$44.95

Vision Recycled polyester and wool jacket London fit - Semi-slim Recycled polyester and wool jacket London fit - Semi-slim
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$230.00

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$79.00

Vision Eco-friendly minimalist hoodie Eco-friendly minimalist hoodie
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$44.95

Vision Eco-friendly minimalist fleece sweatpant Eco-friendly minimalist fleece sweatpant
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$35.00

Vision Ribbed recycled nylon biker short Ribbed recycled nylon biker short
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$25.00 $19.99

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Le 31 exclusive

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$40.00 $24.95

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$40.00

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Recycled fibre stretch swim trunk

$50.00

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$50.00 $34.95

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Vision Rural retreat duvet cover set Rural retreat duvet cover set
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Rural retreat duvet cover set

$79.00

Vision Percale plus 200-thread-count sheet Fits mattresses up to 15 in
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Fits mattresses up to 15 in

$15.00

Vision Geometric bouclé cushion 40 x 60 cm
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Geometric bouclé cushion
40 x 60 cm

$45.00

Vision Recycled polyester and cotton percale duvet cover set Recycled polyester and cotton percale duvet cover set
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Recycled polyester and cotton percale duvet cover set

$30.00

Vision Sweet mandarins percale plus 200-thread-count sheet Fits mattresses up to 15 in
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Sweet mandarins percale plus 200-thread-count sheet
Fits mattresses up to 15 in

$25.00 $19.99

Vision Colourful stripes rug 90 x 130 cm Colourful stripes rug 90 x 130 cm
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Colourful stripes rug
90 x 130 cm

$69.00 $24.95

Vision Velvety recycled polyester throw 130 x 150 cm
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Velvety recycled polyester throw
130 x 150 cm

$14.99

Vision Forest green recycled leather placemat
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Forest green recycled leather placemat

$25.00

Vision Expressive lines rug 60 x 90 cm
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Expressive lines rug
60 x 90 cm

$25.00

Vision Recycled leather coasters Set of 4
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Recycled leather coasters
Set of 4

$19.00

Vision Modern geometric rug 60 x 90 cm Modern geometric rug 60 x 90 cm
Simons Maison exclusive

Modern geometric rug
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$50.00 $24.95

Vision Recycled leather placemat
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Recycled leather placemat

$25.00

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Sources:
1 https://www.thebalancesmb.com/how-long-does-it-take-garbage-to-decompose-2878033#glass

2 https://oceanconservancy.org/trash-free-seas/plastics-in-the-ocean/

3 These results were calculated with the help of the Higg Materials Sustainability Index (Higg MSI) developed by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). The Higg MSI analyzes the impact of materials over their entire life cycle (up until the materials are ready to be assembled into a product). The Higg MSI scores or the calculations of percentages provided here represent only one production step within the scope of the Higg MSI (for example, fibres or raw materials). They do not provide an overall view of the impacts involved in the production of materials. The SAC does not verify the results of users' custom materials. (Higg Materials Sustainability Index, 2020) https://msi.higg.org/page/msi-home

4 https://www.unenvironment.org/news-and-stories/story/how-banish-ghosts-dead-fishing-gear-our-seas

5 http://www.iwto.org/re-use-and-recycling /

6 Wool items account for 5% of the total weight of consumer clothing donations, according to the International Wool Textile Organization (http://www.iwto.org/)