For the last few seasons we have been working with a family-run Italian supplier that specialises in recycling cashmere. Founded by Eduardo Mariotti in 1990, the company’s expertise lies in processing textile raw materials in order to reduce the impact of garment production on the environment.
One of our team has been working with Eduardo at his factory in Prato for the last year, experiencing for himself the end-to end process led by the specialist in-house team. Starting with huge bales of pre-loved pure cashmere knitwear, labels are removed from the garments which are then carefully sorted into colour groups before being shredded and broken down, taking the yarn back to its almost raw state. The recycled yarn is then blended with virgin cashmere and spun into a combined yarn, ready to be knitted into new designs – beautiful pieces with a new lease of life.
We currently receive kind donations of pre-loved Cashmere garments from our UK customers, after arranging for a secure bag and prepaid label to be sent. This service is unfortunately not available outside of the UK.
Once we receive a sufficient amount, we arrange its shipment to Italy. Here you can see Dominika P and Dominika J checking and sorting a recent delivery before despatching it to Prato.
Cashmere is a beautiful yarn and we’re proud to be working with Eduardo and his team to reduce the waste of this wonderful natural resource.