Why We Love Recycled Cotton?

We have believed in using recycled materials, since the beginning of Finarte story, back in the year 1985. Taking care of the worlds resources is in the core of our thinking and priorities, and that’s why we aim to minimize the amount of waste in our business. Recycled cotton is not just an ecological choice, it’s also a practical material for all kinds of home interiors.

Recycled And Upcycled Material

Recycled cotton is usually defined as converting cotton fabric into cotton fiber that can be reused in textile products. The biggest volume of recycled cotton is produced through pre-consumer waste. According to the Council for Textile Recycling, annual textile waste is estimated to equal 25 billion pounds.

Energy and water are reduced from using a product that has already been processed. The savings are achieved by compensating the production of new materials. Recycled cotton yarns are most commonly sourced from pre-consumer textile scraps, so they are usually already dyed.

Did you know, growing 1kg of cotton requires 11 000 litres of water? In other words, 1kg recycled cotton saves 11 000 litres of water – and this is one of the reasons we want to use recycled cotton in our designs.

Production and tradition in India

Our production takes place in India, where the textile industry exists mainly. Our aim is to combine the local weaving heritage and the Nordic design sensibility to create a shared view on beauty and sustainability. There are two ways we take advantage of cotton material that would otherwise be waste:

Most of our cotton rugs are woven from upcycled material, in a town called Biswan. We re-use the cutting-edges of textile rolls and therefore transform waste material into Finarte rugs.

Printed cotton rugs are woven from recycled yarn. In the process, material that is derived from cut-offs, scraps and leftovers from the clothing industry, is shredded into fibers and made into new yarn. This process takes place in a town called Panipat, also known as the “recyclinghub”.