HERZOGENAURACH – A new ‘100 per cent recyclable hoodie’ from the Adidas by Stella McCartney collection was widely touted online as being a significant step towards circularity in the textile sector; partly because it could be a “stride in the continued drive to solve the problem of 92 million tonnes of global textile fibre waste,” according to a press statement.

But with only around 20 kg of upcycled ‘NuCycl’ fibre actually being used in just 50 prototype garments – none of which were for sale – how much of an actual ‘stride’ forward is this development?

Perhaps more importantly, what really makes this new fibre different from other existing, repurposed man-made cellulosic fibres that also use the long-established viscose or lyocell process? John Mowbray take a more in-depth look. 

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