by Yvonne Heinen-Foudeh, Senior International Correspondent
Along with its clearly defined mission to create the first generation of recycled products instead of using natural materials with the same quality and design as the best non-recycled Ecoalf from Spain presents its next innovation for textile and apparel. To give coffee waste a second life, Spanish fashion brand Ecoalf has developed a new, unique yarn made from coffee grounds. For the production of the so-called S.Café yarn, the coffee grounds are first dried and de-oiled. The coffee powder is then converted into pellets and incorporated into plastic filaments under high pressure.
In the recent fall/winter 2022 collection, the innovative S.Café yarn is used in two models for 3-in-1 functional jackets. Their outer material consists of 20 cups of coffee and about 23 recycled plastic bottles. Thanks to the recycled materials used, CO2 emissions for each jacket are calculated to be around 62%.
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Ecoalf creates a sustainable and ethical fashion brand that aims to reduce the negative impacts of the fashion industry and the excess use of the planet’s natural resources by identifying and integrating breakthrough technology. According to Ecoalf their clothing and accessories are made entirely from recycled materials.
Founded in 2013 by Javier Goyeneche the concept of the brand came after the birth of his first son, Alfredo - the company was named after him - when the ambitious entrepreneur was reflecting upon what kind of world we were leaving to the next generation due to the excessive use of the world’s natural resources.
With that Ecoalf was born in 2009 as an idea and was launched after four years of careful pre-works.
In 2015, the fashion brand, which was the first in Spain to receive B-Corp certification, launched the “Upcycling the Oceans Initiative”. Here, one acts in close collaboration with the fishing sector to cleanse the ocean of waste materials, which are then transformed into new fabrics. The brand has so far launched two Upcycling the Oceans projects - one in Spain and one in Thailand - and has worked with more than 550 boats and more than 3,000 volunteer fishermen to collect marine debris - including plastic bottles, nylon, cotton, wool, and even old tires - which is then turned into fashion apparel. According to the company, the initiative has recycled around 500 tons of marine debris since its launch.