Adidas’ new tie-up with Stella McCartney has seen the pair produce a hoodie which is made from 100 per cent liquified old clothes.
In an effort “to end the concept of waste entirely” in fashion, the pair have launched the world’s first commercially produced garment made using a brand-new technology called NuCycl.
NuCycl, which was developed by Evrnu, purifies and liquefies old cotton garments to create a new “high-quality raw material” which it then creates new clothes out of.
According to Evernu’s co-founder Stacy Flynn the blended garment waste is turned into a pulp, using chemicals to break the material down to their “polymer form” then pushed out of a 3D-printer-like machine which forms new yarn.
“It’s demonstrating that not only can we salvage these resources from going into landfills or incinerators, but we can actually create higher performing material than the materials may have been in their original form,” Flynn added.
The small collection of 50 unisex hoodies will be handed out to athletes, but the Evernu says it plans to move past the prototyping phase this year and could begin selling the items commercially after that.
The collection will also feature a tennis dress, the first of its kind, produced by sustainable materials specialist Bolt Threads.
Using cellulose blended yarn and Microsilk, a new material made form renewable ingredients like sugar, water and yeast, the new prototype dress will have the ability to be fully biodegradable at the end of its life.
INTRODUCING NUCYCL: a new kind of engineered fiber with extraordinary performance and environmental advantages, made from discarded clothing. Now, single-life textiles are a multi-life resource. #WearTheSolution pic.twitter.com/ky70KUsGxk
— Evrnu® (@futureofapparel) July 5, 2019
Both the “Infinite Hoodie” and “Biofabric Tennis Dress” come as the pair are set to launch their joint autumn/winter 2019 collection which will feature yet more items using sustainable fabrics.
Stella McCartney said: “Fashion is one of the most harmful industries to the environment. We can’t wait any longer to search for answers and alternatives.
“By creating a truly open approach to solving the problem of textile waste, we can help empower the industry at large to bring more sustainable practices into reality. With adidas by Stella McCartney we’re creating high performance products that also safeguard the future of the planet.”