When we asked Kuyichi, why their team felt the need to create the 100% recyclable collection the answer we got was not only limited to their sustainable mindset and DNA.
Why 100% recycled jeans?
Kuyichi’s main goal is to reduce the environmental impact of the products created. And how do they achieve it? By using waste streams “Circularity is the future, when our supplier came up with a technique to create a 100% recycled denim, we were super stoked”.
Dyeing with 85% less water
Besides the fact that this fabric is made from recycled materials, there’s more to its sustainable story. The wash is created using the SaveBlue indigo dyeing technique. This technique reduces water consumption in the dyeing process by up to 85%.
Kuyichi tells us, that indigo dyeing can actually be one of the highest impact dyeing methods out there, since the indigo dye needs certain kinds of chemicals to stick to the fibre. Even so, Kuyichi, has found the way to challenge how denim is indigo-dyed.
What is clean wash?
Then, the jeans are washed with the lowest impact possible. This particular wash technique tends to reduce water usage by a hefty 56%, when compared to the traditional way of washing. But how do they do it? For this they use a sustainable e-flow machine which works with nano-bubbles instead of water, giving the jeans a cool light vintage wash.
Finally, the jeans are finished with a vegan patch made from corn waste. Making the jeans 100% vegan and officially PETA approved vegan, to be exact. Sound good right?
What about the fabrics?
Bossa in Turkey, with whom Kuyichi has been working for many years now, makes the fabrics from production waste. The sustainable and innovative denim factory, Bossa, uses the latest technologies for the products they make.
The issue with recycling is often that the fibre length becomes shorter in the fiberizing process — and therefore less strong and durable material. Their partner has found a mechanism to keep the recycled fibers as long as possible and turn them into a beautiful heavier weight fabric with their guaranteed high quality.
The result: this 100% cotton fabric is just as good and strong as any other fabric made from new cotton.
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