We aim to create products that have minimal impact and are aligned with circular principles.
Recover™ measures the impact of our products and processes at each point in our value chain and continuously works to further reduce the footprint of our activities and products.
Not only do we aim to create products that are aligned with circular principles, we also promote circular design with our supply chain and brand partners. All Recover™ products are traceable, safe, and third-party certified.
- Recover™ products are made with minimal environmental impact.
- Recover™ is a zero-waste company.
- Recover™ products are aligned with a Circular Textiles System
- Recover™ promotes circular design practices.
Recover™ products are made with minimal environmental impact.
In 2022, we conducted a new LCA of Recover’s fiber products in Spain. The goal of an LCA is not only to measure and improve, but also to support our customers and final consumers to make informed decisions when they buy our products.
We commissioned a study to better understand which impact categories we should focus on, how to ensure we are comparing correctly, and which reference data to use. The results of this study are the impact savings of 1 kg Recover™ RPure and RBlue fiber compared with conventional alternatives and can be found below.
Recover™ is a zero-waste company.
Following our commitment to become a zero-waste company, we are segregating and tracking all the different waste flows in our production hubs and are identifying and implementing opportunities to reduce and recycle our waste.
RParticule is the name we gave to the cotton dust generated by our recycled cotton production and is by far the highest volume by-product of our facilities. In Bangladesh we have found a company that can recycle the white RParticle (50% of our total waste) material into pillow stuffing and are working on several projects to further recycle this by-product at our Spanish and Bangladeshi hubs.
Recover™ products are aligned with a Circular Textiles System
Recover™ has circularity at its core. One of the features that makes Recover™ fiber unique is that our tech support team works closely with spinners and weavers to optimize the yarns and fabric qualities and drive the creation and scaling of circular fashion.
All polyester used for RColorBlend is recycled and GRS certified. All energy used in Spain comes from renewable sources. In 2022, 44.4% of Recover™ global electricity had a renewable origin. Unfortunately, in Bangladesh there are no renewable energy options available through the grid and alternatives are not readily available either. This will be a major point of attention for us moving forward.
Recover™ promotes circular design practices.
Under our Circular Products pillar, Recover™ is very active in supporting circular design practices where possible. In 2022 we came together with YOOX NET-A-PORTER, and The Prince’s Foundation to support The Modern Artisan. Our Chief Sustainability Officer, Helene Smits, hosted a workshop for the program’s participating designers, focused on making tomorrow’s creators aware of the impact of their designs, from the sketch to its post-consumer lifespan.
As an active member of the Textiles2030 initiative, Recover™ also participated in the Design for Circularity working group, working alongside other businesses and industry leaders to align on good practice design principles.
Read more on what we achieved in our Circular Products sustainability pillar in our Sustainability Report 2022.