About Our Recycled Apparel
All Recover garments begin at the source – recycled plastic bottles and recycled cotton.
Here’s the breakdown: First, we collect and sort post-consumer plastic bottles, stripping them of all labels and caps. Next, we salvage cotton from discarded industry scraps, which are also sorted by color and blended with polyester.The reclaimed fiber is then spun into yarn and knitted into fabric, which is ultimately cut and sewn into a garment. With our proprietary process, we’re able to make fibers that are “first quality,” which makes them look and feel great.
We presort both the plastic bottles and recycled cotton by color, which saves us from dying the fabric during the manufacturing process. Our eco-friendly process results in:
- 35% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions
- 66% reduction in energy consumption
- 55% reduction in water consumption
- 8 plastic bottles = 1 shirt!
Beyond working to make the most environmentally friendly products possible, we also strive to make the most socially responsible products possible. It’s not just about the planet, it’s about people, and with that in mind, we carefully choose the people that we work with and make sure they share our core values.
Folks often ask where we make our products?
We work with partners in the United States, Haiti, and Guatemala. Some of our products are made right here in North Carolina, where others are made through work co-ops in Haiti. At the end of the day, we believe environmental and social responsibility are global issues and we strive to make products in areas that can have the most positive impact.
Our program in Haiti, we supply Made-in-the-Carolinas, 100% recycled fabric to a cut and sew co-op there that aims to create sustainable jobs in developing countries. Their team then uses that material to construct the shirt you end up wearing on a daily basis. The work co-op creates sustainable jobs and living wages for hundreds of workers.
The facility in Guatemala is powered by biomass that consists of wood chips, coffee extract, and other raw materials. The wood chips are collected from the local forestry industry. You can read more about our partner here in this trip report.
We are always looking to improve our process. If you have any ideas, leads, etc, feel free to drop us a line!
Collect Recycled Materials
We begin by collecting and sorting plastic bottles, stripping them of all labels and caps.
Next, we salvage cotton from discarded industry scraps, which are sorted by color and blended.
Spin into Yarn
The reclaimed fiber is then spun into yarn. The process used make fibers that are "first quality".
Knit & Finish
The yarn is then knitted into fabric, which is ultimately cut and sewn into a garment.
Assemble into Garment
8 plastic bottles later we have a shirt that looks good and feels great! A win for us and a win for the environment!