Recycling used denim into new cotton

Platform Heddels visited the recycle plant Artistic Fabric & Garment Industries (AFGI) in Karachi, Pakistan last July. The AFGI plant transforms used denim items into new cotton fibers. This process allows manufacturers to create new garments directly from old ones. This process is a top topic at the moment as a lot of brands are more aware of being sustainable. Not only commercial wise, but also because the world, nature and people, need to have more production friendly methods. Americans throw away 26 billion pounds of clothing every year, so can you imagine how many it is worldwide. Re-use, recycle is the future. The AFGI plant has a Post Consumer Waste (PCW) machine which can process up to 1.700 pounds of denim fabric per hour, which can then be spun and woven back in with new cotton for completely new jeans. Heddels had a firsthand tour with the system’s designer, Ampelio Del Lago, which you see here below.




Watch the video and see how the recycling works.

Video by Open-End Agency. For more info on AFGI’s recycling system, check out their website

Written by Wouter Munnichs
I'm the founder of Long John. Next to running this daily magazine, I'm working as a freelance denim specialist for the industry. Titled as 'Denim Influencer 2020' by Rivet 50. Celebrated my 10th anniversary with Long John in 2021.