France's Clerici Tessuto has partnered with environmental organisation Parley for the Oceans to manufacture luxury fabrics using a Global Recycle Standard (GRS) polyester yarn created from upcycled plastic debris from beaches, islands and coastal communities.

Parley for the Oceans upcycles ocean plastics into technical yarn fibres that can be used for performance products – and has already developed a wide range of shoes and apparel using the marine plastic waste.

The agreement links high-end fabric production with Parley's upcycled Ocean Plastic, aligning fashion and eco-innovation to help drive the 'material revolution' needed to end marine plastic pollution, the two organisations say. This approach follows and supports the Parley AIR Strategy to 'Avoid, Intercept, Redesign'.

"We often see the fashion industry as a reflection of society, that purpose is the new luxury," says Cyrill Gutsch, Parley founder and CEO. "Clerici Tessuto is one of the most important textiles manufacturers in the world for the luxury sector – this partnership strengthens the Parley mission to end the 'toxic age' and drive forward the 'material revolution' on a global scale."

Clerici Tessuto says it worked to fine tune the production and finishing process to reach the quality requested by the luxury segment and obtain the best features for the polyester-based cloth.

"By this agreement Clerici Tessuto will transform the Parley GRS yarns into high-end fabrics dedicated to top worldwide brands for both beachwear and womenswear," says CEO Stefano Bernasconi. "Working together allows the two companies to contribute to the changes required by the fashion industry, enabling a transition toward a circular economy and create a better future by outstanding and impressive initiatives and fabrics."