Transform Your Wardrobe: The Ultimate Guide to Textile Recycling and Upcycled Fashion


Do you want to change or recycle your old stuff? Are you worry about fashion changing trends? Do you like to update your wardrobe with new, innovative, and according to fashion lifestyle? Okay, no problem here is all the solution to your questions. You can get so many ideas regarding new trends, upcycled products, fashion trending materials, and much more than satisfy your need or future demand. Just have a look.

Textile Recycling:

Recycling means converting wastes into reusable materials. Textile recycling is all about recovering yarn, fibre,  fabric, and reprocessing the textile material into useful & beneficial products. Textile waste products are gathered from different sources and are then sorted and processed depending on their composition, condition, and resale value addition in a smart way.

Why do textile Recycling?

There is great importance to textile recycling. It is essential and beneficial, both environmentally & economically.

Environmental benefits:

  • It reduces landfill space requirements because synthetic fibres products do not decompose, and natural fibres may release greenhouse gasses
  • Overcome energy and water consumption
  • Avoid any types of pollution
  • Lessened demand for dyes

Economic Benefits:

  • We need no cost for buying raw materials because of wastes used as raw materials.
  • The raw materials (Textile & plastic wastes) are already dyed. As a result, there is no dye, chemical & almost zero water is needed for the recycling process. It is also cost-saving.
  • The manufacturing process of "Textiles from Wastes" is comparatively an easy and quick process than the manufacturing process of virgin textiles. As a result, they finished making within a short time. It saves time, both power & process cost.
  • The production cost for proceeding yarn is less than the production cost of virgin wool & products made from pure yarn. And it is very profitable.
  • The demand is going higher over time.

Customizing clothes:

There are some interesting facts about clothes that many people think that we can not reuse old clothes and old materials into the new one. Still, it's wrong thinking. You can easily make them customize according to your choice and feel pleasure. We are going to highlight some value additions points here.

  • Old clothes can be redesign for making curtains, pillows, cushions, handbags, quilts, etc.
  • We can use Damaged clothing as rags and dusters.
  • For borders in a lampshade, use bright colours.
  • We can also make the head and wrist bands with fabrics having bright and dark colours.
  • We can transform Old garments into works of art, like sewing patches, buttons, and beads into old clothes, ironing graphics, etc.

Recycling Business Brands:

Many people want to do their own business and get benefits or outstanding achievement for a long time. Here you can see lots of entrepreneurs who are very successful and make goodwill and famous brand and satisfying their customers, so we are mentioning some great entrepreneurs and their brands.

Here are the top 10 brands with the most excellent digital presence and the money generated in 2019.

10. Balenciaga

The top three searches for the Spanish luxury brand Balenciaga turned out to be footwear, which included its shoes, sneakers, and speed trainers.

9. Prada

According to metrics from Luxe Digital, the most popular searches for Prada were bags, sunglasses, and shoes,

8. Armani

Based on Luxe Digital's findings, the top three Armani searches were for its product lines Armani Exchange, Giorgio Armani, and Emporio Armani

7. Christian Dior

According to Luxe Digital, famous three searches people entered about Christian Dior were the Dior Sauvage fragrance line, beauty brand, and sunglasses.

6. Tiffany & Co.

Tiffany & Co. is known for its fine jewellery. However, according to Lux Digital, the top three online searches about the brand were rings, necklaces, and bracelets.

5. Rolex

According to Luxe Digital, a renowned watch brand, Rolex has been designing timepieces since 1920, but the top three lines people are searching for are the Submariner, Daytona, and Oyster Perpetual.

4. Hermès

According to Luxe Digital, in 2019, people looked at Hermes belts, the prestigious Birkin bag, and scarves.

3. Louis Vuitton

According to Luxe Digital, the top three Louis Vuitton items searched for online were belts, bags, and wallets.

2. Chanel

According to Luxe Digital, Chanel's top three searches were Coco Chanel, Chanel bags, and the fragrance line Bleu de Chanel.

1. Gucci

The top three Gucci items people are looking for online were belts, flip-flops, and shoes.

Some Upcycled Luxury Fashion Brands

It is a common phenomenon that if we purchase less, that's good for us because many of us don't want to buy an expensive thing, how we can buy too expensive brands without disturbing our society or economy.

There are ways, and buying upcycled fashion is one of them. These luxury fashion brands have changed the way the fashion industry operates.

1. Elvis & Kresse  

Elvis & Kresse are also getting 50% of profits from the Elvis & Kresse fire hose line to the Fire Fighters Charity. This non-profit organization aims to maintain life quality for former firefighters suffering from physical injuries while on duty. Elvis & Kresse engaged with Poole's Remploy factory, an organization that helps people with disabilities find work.


2. Reformation

This company aims to vintage clothing, rescues waste stock fabric from fashion houses that over-ordered and uses economically friendly materials to create sexy, sophisticated styles, and wedding dresses.



TRMTAB motive is to overcome the number of leather scraps that find their way into a landfill by cleverly using these scraps to create beautifully woven bags and electronics cases.


4. The R Collective

 The R Collective says, "We believe in creating meaningful designs you'll love for years, not just one season," Founded by Christina Dean, the brand gives new life to high-quality, upcycled fabrics and donates in charity purpose.


5. Peony

 Peony describes its designs as "the first bloom of peony flowers, which signal the beginning of summer." their fabrics made from upcycled fishing nets and recycled polyesters. These fabrics are perfect for swimming and surfing.


6. Triarchy Atelier

It is owned by two brothers and sisters who produce new denim designs made from vintage stock sourced from their Los Angeles location. Since the brand launch, over 1,000,000 gallons of water saved by their upcycled denim process.


7. Bottletop Fashion

They located in the UK, Africa, and Brazil. It provides a sustainable livelihood for highly professional skills and supports people through their foundation, running educational projects.

The label created by Cameron Saul, son of Mulberry's founder (Roger Saul), describes why such beautiful bags formed at the luxury designer handbag market.


8. Boom Shankar

Another entrepreneur named Boom Shankar creates everything from casual trousers and blouses to Boho dresses and pyjamas, whose patterns designed wonderfully. It's all because of upcycled fabrics.


"If you are a seller or manufacturer and want to advertise your products and services, TextileMarkeet is an excellent opportunity. You can quickly contact us to promote and highlight your different products regarding Textile waste."


Top Ranked Textile Recycling Companies


VTT: It found in 1942, located in Finland. It is one of the leading technology research centres providing expert services to public and private sectors and offering domestic and international customer services.


NPL: It is The National Physical Laboratory located in United Kindom, it has its primary measurement standards to meet customers' needs, and it has a leading worldwide centre.


FNC: FNC describes The French National Centre for international scientific research. This centre's main motive is to explore the world to meet the significant challenges in textile industries.


Infinite Fiber Company: It found in 2015, located in Finland. The primary purpose is to remanufacturing new fibres from converting new clothes into new garments by proper recycling. It decreases costs and sustains manufacturing.

EON.ID: EON(ID) is the first tagging system worldwide. It all about innovates waste clothes into new materials.


Worn Again: Worn Again in founded in London in 2005. These technologies are pioneering polymer recycling technology. Its motive is about a waste-free world.


University of Nottingham: The University of Nottingham provides exceptional research education and offers students a great experience.


Pure Waste Textiles: It found in 2013, located in Finland. It produces quality reprocess yarns and fabrics. It reduces costs at large amounts.


SmartBin: SmartBin found in 2010. The intelligent Remote Monitoring System leader works in waste materials and makes them new and innovative and attractive. SmartBin has its tank monitoring system that works smartly and reduces cost.


Qmilk: It uses surplus milk, which is not suitable for human health, produces very new casein-based fibres known as bio textile substitutes for cotton. Qmilk practising zero waste in their production process.



James Robinson Fibres: James Robinson Fibers located in United Kindom. It leads to supplier o polyester staples fibres, stockholders, manufacturers in the UK, and the global market.



Worldwide demand for textile products is increasing day by day, and it is also facing so many environmental and resource challenges. To save the environment and human beings, textile industries globally need to come forward and take the necessary steps to recycle textile wastes & plastic wastes materials into innovative value-added textile products, besides being an economical solution for global waste. Management would open doors to new opportunities (employment, foreign currency, sustainability, etc.) next to us and promote the sustainable textile industry.


By: Sadaf Hanif