Sans Soucie will turn Gildans hosiery waste into textiles and garments

Sans Soucie will turn Gildan's hosiery waste into textiles and garments

Canadian apparel manufacturer Gildan Activewear has teamed up with design studio Sans Soucie Textile + Design to give hosiery waste a new lease of life by transforming it into textiles and garments.

Sans Soucie transforms pre-consumer nylon hosiery waste into new hand-made textiles for garment production. All offcuts are kept and transformed into garments, textile constructions, accessory lines and sculptural forms/installations.  

The partnership sees American Apparel-owner Gildan ship the hosiery waste from its Canada manufacturing facility to Sans Soucie, whose founder, Katherine Soucie, uses this to recreate pieces for her fashion label.

Last month Gildan was one of several applauded for its sustainability efforts in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices 2017 review. It made the list for the fifth consecutive year following a reduction of 10% in energy use in 2016 and recycling or repurposing 86% of its company waste.

"We take great pride in our inclusion in the DJSI indices, which is a testimony to our ongoing commitment to operating responsibly and sustainably," Glenn Chamandy, president and CEO of Gildan, said.

"We are focused on our vision of making apparel better and leveraging our vertically-integrated business model, wherein we own and operate our manufacturing facilities and directly control almost all aspects of the process, allowing us to positively influence our impacts and how our products are made."

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