We believe in a future where there is no longer need to produce new textile raw materials but it is possible to reuse all those that have already been produced and then forgotten.
Rifò's goal is to create recycled and recyclable products.
Recycled cashmere wool
The recycled cashmere wool yarn we use is produced through a mechanical process developed in Prato centuries ago. Its composition is 95% regenerated cashmere and 5% mulesing free virgin wool, necessary to strengthen the fibers.
Collection: The cashmere used to be recycled can have two origins: it can come from old clothing (post-consumer) or from industrial waste (pre-consumer).
Selection: In both cases the old knits and scraps of fabrics are selected by color and then reduced to the fiber state through a carding process.
Spinning and coloring: The raw material is then spun again, obtaining an already colored product that drastically reduces water consumption. Only in some cases it can be dyed to obtain brighter colors that otherwise we could hardly obtain from the pure regeneration process.
Certification: Global Recycled Standard, OEKO TEX, Responsible Wool Standard.
Virgin cashmere can be recycled for at least 3 times
Features: Breathable, Thermoregulator, Very soft, to be washed carefully to prevent shrinkage
Recycled cotton from textile waste
Recycled cotton is produced from textile waste, which are then shredded and transformed again into a yarn. Its coloring process can generally take place through the upstream selection of industrial waste, saving water. On the other hand the yarn can be dyed again to obtain particular colors. We weave this yarn together with small percentages of natural cotton to produce the beautiful textures of beach towels and shawls.We weave this yarn together with small percentages of natural cotton to produce the beautiful textures of beach towels and shawls. Furthermore, by combining this yarn with recycled polyester, we create sustainable and resistant Polo shirts and T-shirts. Unlike wool, cotton has a short fiber, for this reason it must be strengthened with a virgin fiber or a recycled synthetic fiber. We tried to make a t-shirt with 100% recycled cotton but after the first wash it was spolied.
Certification: Global Recycled Standard, OEKO TEX
Features: breathable, to be washed carefully to prevent shrinkage
Cotton is regenerable for 1 cycle
Cotton recycled from old jeans
We use the yarn recycled from old jeans to produce fresh cotton sweaters but also fabrics and garments in recycled denim. In this case, as for the recyclcing of the old jeans garments, the process takes place in Prato by tearing the old clothes up and trimming the material obtained.
The colors cover various shades of blue and light blue. The large quantities of old pants needed for the recycling process does not allow to create shades of gray-black or white jeans. Also in this case the consumption of water for coloring is almost nothing. To make the garment sturdy and maximize its durability it is often necessary to insert a small amount of natural cotton, around 15%. Whether it's a sweater or a jacket, garments made with recycled denim yarn behave just like denim trousers: they stiffen after the wash and then soften again by wearing them, adapting to the shape of the body.
Certification: Recycled Claim Standard
Features: Breathable, fresh, flexible fiber that shrinks when washed.
Denim cotton can be recycled for 1 cycle
Polyester recycled from plastic bottles
Polyester is the only fiber of non-natural origin that we currently use. For this reason it could be nothing but recycled. The polyester yarn is in fact necessary in many cases, for T-shirts and polo shirts for example, to give the other fibers elasticity and resistance. We use a specific type of it that has been produced by recycling plastic bottles, the same that would end up in the oceans or landfills. Currently 70% of plastic bottles are not recycled. About 8.7 million RPET bottles are recovered for the production of the polyester yarn we use. Using a recycled polyester yarn means not only using already produced resources but also polluting much less. Compared to polyester directly produced from oil, recycled polyester is less toxic, pollutes less and limits the production of greenhouse gases.
To avoid the spread of microplastics caused by washing synthetic materials in the washing machine, you can use the washing bag Guppy Friend!
Certification: Global Recycled Standard OEKO TEX
Polyester can be recycled indefinitely
Natural and metal buttons
Based on the needs of the garment, we choose the buttons reflecting at best its style and history, using the most sustainable materials available on the market. For this reason we have chosen nickel free metal buttons for our jackets with OEKO TEX 100 and ISO 14001 certification, a standard that certifies respect for the environment during the production phase. For the polo shirts instead we have chosen a mother-of-pearl button, a natural and biodegradable material.
Certification: OEKO TEX 100, ISO 14001
Bottone in metallo: riciclabile all’infinito
Bottoni in madreperla: non riciclabile
Labels and accessories
We leave nothing to chance: even for the labels we insert inside our garments we choose recycled and recyclable materials. Our composition labels and branded labels are all made and applied on garments through recycled polyester yarn. We make our labels internally or we buy them from artisans and local companies, so we can be sure of the materials with which they are made.
Certifications: Global Recycled Standard, OEKO TEX 100
Polyester can be recycled indefinitely