One of the most common methods of using textile waste is recycling. The fabric thus obtained is used not only for the products of the fashion industry, but also for any other textile or even as a filler. While this is a useful way to turn a discarded by-product into a resource, some things make the process more difficult. Such a bump can be, for example, if the material has been treated with different chemicals, mixed with different materials, or received any other decorative element. In an ideal circular system, the first step is to preserve the quality of the material, this is where the mono-textiles we use in Printa in the form of natural linen and natural cotton come into play.

Natural large pocket women's sweater

Natural organic cotton overshirt jacket

ZW natural organic cotton vest

Natural organic cotton rubber slouchy women's pants

Natural cotton canvas slouchy pants

What is a mono textile?

A mono textile is a fabric made up of only one type of fiber, made up of one type of material. This is forward-looking, as an uncontaminated mono textile is much more likely to be successfully and easily recycled, and its afterlife is much easier to solve. On such a material, certain decorative techniques are also more effective, such as laser cutting or needle punching methods, which can add extra aesthetic value to the material without damaging it, reducing the chances of its recyclability.

The formula is actually a slap in the face: if a garment is made in such a way that the components of its material can be easily separated, it will definitely be a step forward in terms of sustainability.

Curiosity: Dr Kate Goldsworthy's Mono Finishing Project

Designer and textile researcher Dr. Kate Goldsworthy examined various decorative processes in a 2009 project. Its purpose was to give the materials decoration, yet remain mono-textiles so as not to lose their recyclability.

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Alternatives to mono textiles

Fortunately, more and more inventions are constantly emerging in the fashion industry to reduce the use of petroleum-based or resource-intensive materials. One such discovery in recent years has been Piñatex , which is made from cellulose fibers extracted from pineapple leaves, or hemp , which, while not new, is becoming more popular. These include Mylo , a skin-like substance made from mushrooms, or AlgiKnit , a company that makes degradable yarn from seaweed.

Several novelties in clothing decoration have come to mind, such as the Bioglitter Eucalyptus Degradable Mica or Recycled PET Sequins ( Sustainable Sequin Company ).

All in all, these are all super initiatives and innovations, but they are still in their infancy, expensive and cumbersome to purchase, so we will stay with our traditional and popular mono textiles until then.

Mono textiles at Printa

At Printa, we have long been in the forefront of mono textiles, not only because of their environmentally friendly properties, but also because of their natural aesthetics. Exactly in our case it is natural linen and natural cotton, the color of which is somewhere between white and beige, light creamy, neutral shades.

Natural organic cotton double-breasted blazer

ZW organic cotton t-shirt

Natural women's trousers

ZW natural linen jacket

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