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Santanderina’s S360 Gives Textile Waste New Life

The Rivet 50 is calling for nominations for leaders in the denim industry in 5 categories: design, influencer, leadership, sustainability and supply chain. Nominations close on May 23.

To achieve a more sustainable fashion industry, one of the top items to tackle is waste. Production and consumption have grown in recent years, creating a speedier cycle from creation to disposal. With more manufacturing also comes more cutting scraps that often get tossed. In order to get out of this cycle of take, make, waste, companies instead need to embrace circularity.

Spain-based mill Textil Santanderina is closing the loop with its S360 production process. The solution takes pre- and post-consumer waste and upcycles it into new textiles. At a recycling plant in Morocco, the fabric first goes through stripping machines that separate the scraps into smaller pieces, and then the fibers are carded to clean and combine them before spinning. By repurposing scraps and deadstock, the mill saves on water, chemicals and energy.

Laetitia Grimoult, export manager at Textil Santanderina, spoke with Carved in Blue about her company’s start in circularity and how TENCEL™ lyocell fibers fit into the recycled fabrics.

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This article is one of a series on Rivet from Lenzing’s Carved in Blue denim blog. From conversations with the experts behind the mills that make some of the world’s most-wanted denim to the global brands bringing novel denim made with TENCEL™ Lyocell and Modal to the market, Carved in Blue shares the stories of those whose roots run deep with denim. Visit www.carvedinblue.tencel.com.