Building on its first recycled cotton range in 2018, the firm has expanded the range to include a higher-weight contrasting-weave 100% recycled cotton fabric, the Eco Recycled 430 and Eco Recycled 420, which is markedly different from anything produced by the brand before.
Set to launch this summer, Ventile wanted to challenge what is possible with coarse recycled yarns. The result is a woven, textured fabric made from a contrasting weave and weft. It utilises strands that are pre-dyed before weaving and are five times heavier than those used in previous fabrications, a first for the range. Combining a coarse, heavier-weight recycled yarn with weaving techniques known as a Twill weave, and a Panama weave, gives the fabric its rigid properties as well as making it suitable for machine washing.
Both the 420 and 430 are sourced from pre-consumer off-cuts which are then stripped and re-purposed into the finished product. In addition, both have been tested to 300mm pressure under a hydrostatic head test.
With a weight of 420g and 430g respectively, the new fabrications are the heaviest weight fabrics to be available from Ventile and offer designers an ecological option for shoes, bags, and mid-weight jackets.