ABOUT RECOVER: All Recover garments begin at the source – recycled plastic bottles and recycled cotton.
Here’s the breakdown: First, they collect and sort post-consumer plastic bottles, stripping them of all labels and caps. Next, they salvage cotton from discarded industry scraps, which are also sorted by color and blended with polyester. The reclaimed fiber is then spun into yarn and knitted into fabric, which is ultimately cut and sewn into a garment. With their proprietary process, they’re able to make fibers that are “first quality,” which makes them look and feel great.
They presort both the plastic bottles and recycled cotton by color, which saves them the need to dye the fabric during the manufacturing process. Their eco-friendly process results in:
35% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions
66% reduction in energy consumption
55% reduction in water consumption
8 plastic bottles = 1 shirt!
Beyond working to make the most environmentally friendly products possible, they also strive to make the most socially responsible products possible. It’s not just about the planet, it’s about people, and with that in mind, they carefully choose the people that they work with and make sure those folks share our core values.
They work with partners in the United States, Haiti, and Guatemala. Some of their products are made in North Carolina, while others are made through work co-ops in Haiti. At the end of the day, Recover believes environmental and social responsibility are global issues and they strive to make products in areas that can have the most positive impact.
They supply 100% recycled fabric to a cut and sew co-op in Haiti that aims to create sustainable jobs in developing countries. Their team then uses that material to construct the shirt you end up wearing on a daily basis. The work co-op creates sustainable jobs and living wages for hundreds of workers.
The facility in Guatemala is powered by biomass that consists of wood chips, coffee extract, and other raw materials. The wood chips are collected from the local forestry industry.