Recycled Nylon - Like polyester, nylon fiber is made from petroleum. Some recycled nylon comes from post-industrial waste fiber, discarded industrial fishing nets, yarn collected from spinning factories, and waste from the weaving mills that can be processed into reusable nylon fiber. Incorporating as much recycled nylon as possible lessens the dependence on petroleum as a raw material source. It curbs discards, thereby prolonging landfill life and reducing toxic emissions from incinerators. It helps promote new recycling streams for nylon products that are no longer usable. And it causes less air, water, and soil contamination compared to using non-recycled nylon.
Recycled Wool - The production of wool requires vast amounts of land for grazing the sheep. In addition, wool production demands energy, water and chemicals to convert the wool from fleece shorn off the sheep into clean fiber of consistent quality, and then into beautifully dyed wool products. One way to lessen the impact of wool production is to recycle used wool. The practice of recycling wool dates back hundreds of years. After wool sweaters had been worn threadbare, they were collected and shredded into individual fibers and then converted into blankets. Nowadays, aided by modern-day quality controls, the wool goes through a meticulous sorting of materials into color categories prior to shredding. By selecting and blending colors of dyed wool fabrics and garments, the dyeing process can be completely eliminated, saving water and chemicals and eliminating the resulting wastewater.