Mango has launched its first capsule collection “based on the circular economy”, featuring recycled fibers generated by garments collected in its stores through its Second Chances project.
That project managed to collect more than 32 tonnes of garments through collection points in its shops and the new collection is made of a mix of 20% recycled fibers and 80% sustainable cotton.
The Second Chances project launched back in 2016 and operates in all Mango stores in Spain, as well as stores in the UK, France, Portugal, Germany, Croatia, the Netherlands, and Italy.
The company has been working with Koopera, a cooperative association that helps promote a social and sustainable economy, as well as creating jobs and job placement services.
The garments collected “are classified in order to give them a second life and, depending on their condition, can be converted into yarn, recycled for alternative uses such as sofa stuffing, or burned in order to generate energy,” the company said.
The six tonnes of reclaimed cotton fabric used for the current collection have been rewoven and the process used to dye the fabrics has made it possible to save 85% of water.
The company has made sustainability a key focus and has the target of using 100% sustainable cotton in its garments by 2025, increasing the use of recycled polyester in its garments to 50% by the same year, and by 2030, using 100% controlled-origin cellulose fibers.
It will launch a Second Chance-linked collection every year.