The Recycled collection by Dalle Piane
From the desire to start a sustainable production of cashmere comes DP Recycled, the regenerated cashmere collection from Dalle Piane whose manufacturing process is inspired by the historical art of fabric recycling in the textile district of Prato, in Tuscany.
A production model based on the recycling of old garments and production waste, to be spun to create a new fabric ("carded wool"), thereby allowing textile manufacturers to optimise processes and make savings on energy, water and chemical substances.
«The whole history of Italy and Europe ends in Prato: all in Prato, in rags» - Curzio Malaparte, "Maledetti Toscani" (1956).
Over time, this process has also been applied to other materials. Thus we have regenerated cashmere yarns with a high degree of environmental sustainability, obtained from the recycling of production waste and used cashmere garments that would otherwise have been thrown away.
So in line with the continuous propensity to face new challenges, in Dalle Piane we decided to embrace the principles of the modern circular economy and take this path towards the regenerated.
The new products are created using the latest technologies applied to the knitwear sector, without however neglecting traditional care and craftsmanship, and processed with the aim of respecting the environment.
The regeneration of cashmere
The cashmere regeneration process begins with the recovery and selection of waste fabrics and garments to be processed and transformed into regenerated yarn and, once the process is complete, into a new product with the same qualities as virgin cashmere, but obtained with a reduced use of energy, water and chemical resources and putting old garments back into circulation.
Dalle Piane good practices
Dalle Piane has put in place a series of good practices that allow us to carry out the purpose of sustainable production more effectively.
Our products are strictly 100% Made in Italy. We select regenerated cashmere from small and medium-sized companies in the area that can guarantee a supply of quality yarn, companies that share our values and with which we develop the regenerated yarn we use to create our garments. Local production allows us to better supervise the quality of the product we are offering and to establish relationships of trust with our suppliers.
We produce everything that we sell
Right from the start of our e-commerce we decided not to produce more than what is really necessary using a system of orders that provides us with an estimate of how many pieces of a product we are going to sell. This allows us not only to better manage our resources, but also to prevent the waste of raw materials and generate less production waste that eventually pollutes the environment, with benefits for all: by minimising the risk of unsold products, we are able to provide an affordable and constant price all year round to our customers, who will have the certainty and pleasure of wearing clothes that have just been made.
An opportunity to offset carbon emissionsIt is widely recognised that excessive carbon dioxide in the atmosphere contributes to climate change, causing a succession of environmental disasters. That is why we should try to curb CO2 emissions, by cutting consumption or producing energy in a sustainable way, without resorting to fossil fuels.
We are aware that, through our actions, we are contributing to CO2 air pollution. For every parcel that is shipped and for every journey we make, we are releasing carbon into the air.
For this reason, we have recently launched a service that calculates the distance in kilometres for each order and the amount of carbon produced due to the delivery. This can be offset by paying a fee.
A financial contribution that will enable us to finance the Jarí Para Forest Conservation project, dedicated to the Amazon rainforest, which covers about 496,988 hectares of tropical forest in Brazil, a large area that is home to over 2,400 species of flora and fauna.
Protecting existing forests, as well as planting new trees, is essential, because they absorb 30% of CO2 emissions every year, even though they are gradually losing their absorption capacity, due to drought and rising temperatures.
Carbon offsets are definitely not the ultimate solution to the problem, but at the moment, they are a useful way of reducing the overall amount of carbon emitted into the air. This is our contribution.