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our ecosystem explained: creating infinite textiles

a deeper dive into our circular ecosystem

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Ambercycle’s mission is to end ‘waste’ in fashion, by creating the ecosystem for infinite textiles. (more on that in a minute).  We have no doubt that this mission can be accomplished with a growing community under a common framework all contributing to a collective goal. 

 To set goals and actionable steps, it is helpful to have a clear vision of what we are moving towards. Even if we start with few in numbers, small collective action will inspire others to join and turn into large impact. 

 To begin the conversation, we are offering common, accessible language to help guide actionable steps towards eliminating ‘waste’ in fashion. 

 Ambercycle is the ecosystem for infinite textiles.  Our team has spent the last 6 years building out a path for the continuous movement of end-of-life textiles back into the production of new yarns.

Healthy ecosystems are created when their living and nonliving components interact with each other harmoniously.

Rather than being extractive or unidirectional, they usually work together in regenerative cycles. The Ambercycle ecosystem follows this same model to bring harmony between society and the materials we use.

Synthetic textiles possess attributes such as durability and longevity, and we can break them down and build them back up at the molecular level in ways that we really can’t with natural fibers. These attributes are harmful when synthetic materials have short lifespans and are sent to the landfill or environment. 

However, synthetics excel when they are responsibly kept above ground and in circulation. The durability of the molecules allows for infinite regeneration.

This eliminates the need to extract raw resources from the earth and to send valuable materials to the landfill.  We already have all the material we need above ground, let’s learn together how to live harmoniously with it in a healthy ecosystem.

The Ambercycle ecosystem entails:

1. Collection of landfill-destined textiles

2. Preprocessing for regeneration (sorting and cutting / shredding) 

3. Ambercycling 

4. Spinning new yarns 

5. Integrating regenerated materials back into supply chains 

6. Creating pathways for this process to happen infinitely

Our process refines ‘waste’ rather than refining oil. While the concept may seem intuitive, there are a lot of
challenges that have made this difficult to accomplish in the past. One of the largest roadblocks is that most
textiles are blends of many different substances.

Purifying them back to their original state and ensuring their high quality has been difficult to date, leaving a vast majority of these items unrecyclable and without use. Through chemistry, Ambercycle regenerates at a molecular level which allows us to purify high-quality materials from textile ‘waste’ inputs. 

One step to enabling a healthy ecosystem is beginning to think about the future of our materials even when we are shopping for them. It is one thing to ask ‘where did this come from?’ but a far more impactful question is ‘where is this going to go?’

Each fiber has a story to tell, and we can help write a part of its narrative. We believe that buying material with a storied past and character is more valuable than buying new molecules made from oil. 

If we think about our materials as ongoing stories, we can consciously learn about their past, mindfully play a part in their present, and set them on a continuous path for their future.In community, Nava Esmailizadeh

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