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Circular Knitting

Circular Systems and Tintex launch premium knits collection

Combining Texloop RCOT Primo yarns and Colorau Natural Dye Technology, collection features low impact fabrics dyed with natural extracts built for circularity.

17th September 2021

Knitting Industry
 |  Los Angeles

Knitted Outerwear

Circular Systems has partnered with Tintex, a Portugal-based sustainable textiles company, to launch a premium knits collection designed with Texloop RCOT Primo high quality recycled cotton yarns using Tintex's Colorau Natural Dyeing Processing, some of the lowest impact materials and processing available on the market.

The collaboration establishes a new precedent for the textiles industry by using a breakthrough patented process that replaces synthetic dyes with natural extracts and combining with fabric milled with yarns with up to 50% recycled cotton, the partners say.

Circular Systems and Tintex teamed up to bring this much-needed solution to the fashion industry, as dyeing is considered to be one of the most polluting parts of the textiles industry. Colorau natural dyeing process incorporates compounds of natural origin like plants into substrates to produce functional, ecological, and sustainable technology. The technology also focuses on its environmental impact by eliminating potentially toxic effluents generated by synthetic dyestuffs.

A beautiful knit fabric collection, with colours that are both long-lasting and fabrics that are circular by design - Isaac Nichelson, CEO and Co-founder of Circular Systems

The use of low temperatures in the dyeing process and the substitution of traditional auxiliaries with natural occurring alternatives, also contribute to the impact reduction of the process. Additionally, there is no sacrifice in colour durability, as Colorau is focused on natural extracts with inherent colour fastness properties that can be also antimicrobial. This unique technology is designed to mimic the beauty and authenticity of nature. The collection will be available in Thyme, Chestnut Tree, Gambier and Morus Tinctoria colours.

Tintex Texloop RCOT Primo Natural Dye Look. © Tintex

Texloop RCOT Primo recycled cotton is Circular Systems’ most widely adopted impact solution reaching millions of consumers to-date. With its own innovative GRS classification from Textile Exchange (PD0067), RCOT Primo are the highest quality ring-spun yarns with up to 50% recycled cotton with a multitude of applications in fashion. The fabric collection marks the first time Circular Systems has partnered with a premiere mill like Tintex to execute a complete, circular material solution from raw materials to finished fabrics with natural dye.

"We’ve admired Tintex’s work for a long time. They are one of the most sophisticated knit and dye finishing mills in Europe with a strong commitment to creating the lowest impact processes and products,” said Isaac Nichelson, CEO and co-founder of Circular Systems.

Tintex Texloop RCOT Primo Natural Dyes. © Tintex

“We have been collaborating for years with the amazing team at Tintex. In the latest project we are excited to have combined our best in class recycled cotton Texloop RCOT Primo with their Colorau process to produce a beautiful knit fabric collection, with colours that are both long-lasting and fabrics that are circular by design."

“This collaboration with Circular Systems is a great example of how the industry is evolving to become a synergetic and integrated platform of ideas. Through a process of co-creation, we are placing the consumer at the centre of the business We celebrate how our teams aligned to achieve this common objective of bringing the Best-in-Class technologies to the market,” added Ricardo Silva, CEO of TINTEX.

The collection is available for purchase via Tintex and can be viewed on the company’s website. It will also be presented to commercial buyers at Premiere Vision Paris from September 21-23 (Tintex Booth Number 3B4 3C3).

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