There’s no denying the fact that it is essential for businesses to be aware of their impact on the environment and how they can give back to it. There is a growing movement among businesses to take steps toward sustainability. A variety of different programs and initiatives have been made in order to help companies realize their impact on our planet.
The term circular economy has been at the forefront of rising industries. It refers to a model in which no product or raw material is wasted, and instead, every part of a product is recovered for further use. The circular economy is a new way of thinking about how we manage resources. It changes the linear idea that “waste equals trash” into a cycle that emphasizes reuse and repurposing, keeping value in use as long as possible.
What Is a Circular Economy?
The process of creating circular products, systems, and processes is known as the circular economy. The idea behind this concept is re-purposing materials or products rather than consuming them once and throwing them out when they no longer work or are no longer needed.
Circular systems promote sustainability by minimizing resource use, pollution, and carbon emissions. Using circular principles, materials can be transformed into new products and materials that are efficient and safe for long-term use.
Circle of Sustainable Consumption
A circular system is more sustainable and efficient as it minimizes waste, reduces energy use, improves resource efficiency, and creates additional profits from waste. It can also improve our quality of life by creating opportunities for work in local communities, providing clean air and water, conserving the environment, and reducing our impact on climate change.
Besides benefitting the planet and its inhabitants, circular systems also come with an array of benefits that can be included in our current consumption habits:
- Raw materials are less likely to be extracted. Encourages the minimizing or elimination of polluting discharges.
- The economic value of labor, investment, and technology is preserved in the economy for a long time.
- With more durable and repairable products, consumers gain greater purchasing power.
- Circular economies can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, strengthen raw materials, improve production practices and material security, increase competitiveness, stimulate innovation, and spur economic growth while reducing pressure on the environment.
The Practice of Circularity in Textile Industries
The circular model is better for the environment, better for our planet, and even better for you as a customer. Textiles are a big part of our everyday lives. Whether it’s the clothes we wear or the fabrics in our homes. The textile supply chains are a significant polluter, consuming huge amounts of non-renewable resources and generating colossal amounts of waste.
While textiles account for a large part of the global economy, there are many problems with how they are currently produced and distributed. The current linear system requires considerable amounts of nonrenewable resources, and the resulting textile wears out quickly, leaving no opportunity to reuse or recycle them.
There is a growing trend toward making companies more environmentally and socially responsible. Not just because it’s seen as the right thing to do but because it makes financial sense to do so. Today’s consumers are increasingly using their spending power in favor of brands that adhere to environmentally and socially responsible habits, creating sustainable practices where businesses can thrive by doing good.
A Circular Approach to Down Filling
The use of down and feathers in bedding goes back centuries. It is, however, not a new concept to recycle down and feathers. Traditionally, the recycled down used in new products would be separated from shell fabrics, washed, then mixed with new down. The down and feather industry has taken great strides in the last few years to reduce the environmental impact of its processes.
With advanced technologies, it is now possible to separate down from other materials in used and worn-out jackets, comforters, and other bedding more quickly and efficiently. When it comes to down-filled bedding, the down stays undamaged due to down fiber’s resilience, while the shell fabric is usually worn out. Because of this, it is possible to reuse the down.
Downcle: The Smart, Ethical Way To Get a Good Night’s Sleep
At Downcle, we know that increasing consumer awareness and the rising concern for our natural resources are bringing about a need for new patterns of consumption. With this in mind, we’re committed to making clever solutions for smarter products by using high-quality recycled materials sustainably. Our current samples indicate that 95% of our product is made with recycled content, including sustainable fibers, lining, and recycled down fill.
When it comes to sustainable products, Downcle does more than just put a label on the box. We ensure that every step of the production process is dedicated to minimizing damage to the environment and focusing on waste reduction.
In order to reduce our carbon footprint and give used down a new lease on life, Downcle embraces responsible sourcing methods. In most cases, we source our raw materials from old, worn-out clothing and household items. A small but important step in our commitment to a sustainable future is our ‘Recycle Down Program,’ which started in 2018, where we collect discarded down from around the world.
Global Recycle Standard
At Downcle, we believe in the importance of giving back to the earth. We’re proud to be GRS certified, which is a global standard that ensures safe labor practices and environmental protection throughout the production process. Downcle welcomes the opportunity to contribute responsibly to the world around us. Our commitment to sustainability is reflected in the products you love and our efforts to reduce our impact on the environment.
As a leading manufacturer of zippers and fastening products, YKK strives for responsible consumption and strives to contribute to a better world. The Downcle line of products features YKK NATULON zippers manufactured from post-consumer plastic bottles. The yarn used on the tape of the NATULON mechanically recycled zipper is composed of more than 99% recycled material.
Downcle: Bringing You the Best in Sustainable Sleeping
The circular model helps us not only reduce our environmental impact but also to regain control of our consumption and production practices. The circular business model is a move away from a linear economy and sequential thinking. Circular economy principles can be applied at all levels to virtually every industry and sector, including the textile industry.
A circular economy sees production as a continuous process rather than a finite process with a beginning and an end. While many industries are still not where they should be, we are seeing more companies going beyond the bare minimum and actively seeking ways to reduce their environmental impact.
At Downcle, we believe in the power of responsible manufacturing and are committed to creating products that are both sustainable and environmentally conscious. We have taken many measures to reduce our footprint on the earth. Through responsible sourcing of raw materials, recycling of waste materials, and use of alternative energy sources, Downcle is dedicated to contributing to a sustainable future. Visit our online store today!