Recycled towels are made by textile leftovers in production, pre-used cotton clothes like garments, and other related products. The waste clothes which are going to be disposed of in-ground are used for this purpose.
Why do we need to prefer Recycled Towels?
- Of Course! it is eco-friendly. We learned very well in the COVID-19 period, we need to rethink to save the planet.
- This process reduces the cost of fabric production. That’s why it is affordable in costs. The Cotton recycling process much easier than polyester or other synthetic products recycling.
- They are durable because we mostly use textile leftovers in the textile industry. Their fibers are stronger than the used cotton cloths.
- There is not any heavy chemical process in production so recycled towels are suitable for sensitive skins.
Recycling Fabrics through Used Cotton products:
The best method of making recycled towels is by used cotton products. It includes the recycling of used cotton into fibers and then the process of spinning and weaving.
Recycled cotton products are not any new concept in the textile industry however it has a great value.
The used cotton products are collected and then tore into yarn and raw fiber. This process could be harsh.
The recycled fiber is then sent to the textile industries to make towels and other products.
We will discuss this process step by step below:
#1 Collecting used cotton products:
First of all the used cotton products are collected. The cotton is gained by the pre-consumer waste and also post-consumer waste.
Pre-consumer waste refers to the waste from the industries and post-consumer waste includes the used garments and other cotton products.
However, pre-consumer waste is easier to be recycled than post-consumer waste. Most of the recycled fabrics are made from pre-consumer waste.
#2 Bailing and storing:
The next step is the bailing of the used cotton products. The used cotton is all messy and takes more space to be stored.
In this process, the cotton is torn by the machines and turned into small pieces that consume less space.
These pieces are further used to make cotton rashes which are further used to make recycled products.
#3 Flaked chopping:
In this step, the pieces of cotton are put into the machine where they are chopped and converted into flakes.
The flakes are passed through a liquid that removes any kind of label and unwanted materials.
#4 Sorting in term of colors:
In this process, the flakes of the cotton are colored to reach a pure color in the final product.
They will divide into soft/pastel and dark colors.
If we will not color the fabric then the color of the final product will be affected.
#5 Fiber Extraction:
These flakes are then stretched and the fibers are extracted which are further used in the spinning process where threads are made from fiber.
This process is important to spate the short fibers which are not suitable in the spinning process. That will also affect the quality of recycled yarn.
The recycled fiber should be mixed in other fibers to give strength to the new-made products.
#6 Yarn Spinning and Towel weaving:
The fiber is then warmed and passes through a “spinneret” where it is stretched and converted into fine thread-like fibers.
The natural fiber is also added to increase the strength of the product. Thousands of fiber are collected together creating a yarn. Now, this fuzzy yarn is smoothened and stretched and then sent for the weaving process.
In the spinning process, the thread-like fibers are sent to the machines where they are knitted or weaved into the pieces of towels.
#7 Dying in Desired colors:
In this step, the towels are dyed into the colors.
We have 2 options for dye towels.
The First option is dying the yarns that are most expensive than the second option. The yarn cons are dyed then the yarns are weaved into towels. We can create more colorful towels through this process.
The second option is the dying of the towels rolls after weave, so we can dye them only one color.
The towels are dipped into the colors, wrenched, and then dried.
#8 Towel Cutting and Stitching:
This process is the same as the traditional towels cutting and stitching.
The dyed roll fabrics are then sent to long side cutting machines then short side cutting machine.
After cutting the towels in desired sizes they are stitched and packaged.
There are many benefits of recycled fibers such as this process is eco-friendly.
The used materials are reused and it saves the space of earth also. We don’t have to wait for the cotton to be produced naturally.