US – The ReCashmere collection will halve the carbon footprint of traditional sweaters.
To create the collection, Everlane teamed up with a local mill in Prato, Italy, which specialises in upcycling cashmere wool. The mill collects worn sweaters through a recycling scheme, then – likened to painters mixing pigments – it chooses different colours to comb into new yarns. Finally, they blend them with extra-fine merino wool to create cashmere with a 50% smaller carbon footprint.
The mill has also assessed the lifecycle of ReCashmere to measure the environmental impact of a sweater’s life, from manufacturing and repairs to recycling. Recently, cashmere producers have struggled with increasing global demand, which has had a damaging effect on grasslands and goat herds in Mongolia.
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