In Japan, most waste clothing is incinerated as trash. Also, clothing tends to be manufactured from a wide variety of mixed and blended fibers, making it difficult to sort the waste by fiber type. This has prompted a new startup, colourloop Co., Ltd.*, to sort used clothing by color, and then upcycle the waste textiles.
Used clothing, separated by color, is cut up into small scraps. Using a special process, the textile scraps are then turned into pellet-like granules, which form the basic material for the next step.
The granulated waste fibers are then processed into textile sheets. Made from used clothing in an infinite variety of colors, shades and patterns, the resulting textile sheets are characterized by unique depth of color and richness of texture.
The upcycled sheets are then processed into products.
One of the upcycled textiles used in the sixth Limited Edition KOKUYO ME release is a blue denim, very much on-trend right now, while the other is brown; both were chosen because they combine so well with KOKUYO ME Regular Edition items. We’ve also simplified the product packaging, doing away with the polypropylene package and other superfluous elements.