Get Inspired - Recycled Wool

To boost recycling, designers and brands need to communicate how to increase circularity of materials.

Historically, the global recycling of wool has been driven by economic opportunity and necessity, such as during disruptions in the fleece trade.

In Prato, making new fabric from used wool generally follows this process:

  • The garments are manually stripped, and the scraps are mechanically shredded.
  • Next, those fibres are blended by colour to get the desired hue.
  • After a carding machine untangles and aligns the fibres in one direction, the material is spun into yarn and undergoes quality tests before being woven on a loom into a textile.

Be inspired and explore textile waste challenges through traditional and innovative wool recycling techniques, while creating value for local communities.