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REVOLUTIONARY CLEAN DYE RECYCROM™ ON FAST TRACK TO SCALING (10/22/18)
In 2016, the Italian textile chemical company Officina+39 invented Recycrom™ – color powders made
from 100% textile waste. Almost immediately, RecycromTM was being rated as one of the biggest
innovations in dyestuffs in the last 50 years. In 2017, the clean dye won the Keyhouse Hightex Award at
Munich Fabric Start 2017, and was applied to the first of two capsule collections by Italian high-street
retailer OVS. As interest in this start-up technology increases exponentially, Recycrom™ is now set for
truly mass volumes.
Turning waste into colors
RecycromTM is a full range of colored powders made by recycling textile fibers from used clothing and
manufacturing waste. Through an innovative and patented process, these fibers are upcycled into a
remarkably uniform and solid powder that can be used as a pigment dye for fabrics and garments
made of cotton, wool, nylon or any natural and most artificial fibers and blends. Recycrom™ can also
be applied using various methods: exhaustion dyeing, printing and spray – with coating now under
The colors come out with a washed-out and natural look – making it very on-trend. Brands can also
collaborate with the inventors Officina+39 to make custom dyes from their own scraps and textile
Upcycling meets scaling
After winning the Keyhouse Hightex Award at Munich Fabric Start 2017, Recycrom™ had the attention
of the industry. Officina+39 began collaborating with Italian high-street retailer OVS, which has so far
resulted in two capsule collections. Currently the company is talking to many other interested brands
and retailers for a whole range of collaborations.
The remarkable story behind Recycrom™’s development is featured in the newly released Book of
Denim, Volume 2 (Amsterdam Publishing Int, 2018). Officina+39’s CEO Andrea Venier will also be a
featured speaker, along with other supply chain disrupters, during the denim industry innovations
summit Kingpins Transformers in Amsterdam on 23 October 2018.
Changing the game
Based in the traditional high-end textiles town of Biella, one of the most important textile regions in
Italy, the textile chemical company was founded by Andrea’s father, Roberto Venier, in 1992. “The
long-term goal for Officina+39’s R&D center was always to invent a game-changer – one that could
impact the whole textiles industry,” says Andrea. “And in the end, we found our inspiration very close to
With its long tradition in textiles, Biella also has a long tradition in recycling. “One day I was visiting an
old friend, Simone Gaslini, who has a spinning unit for regenerated yarn. He was showing me how he
selected and sorted scraps and I suddenly noticed some powder coming from his machines,” recalls
Andrea. “I took some and discovered that I could use this powder as a pigment – but a very poor one
due to all the inconsistencies.”
Hence, the Officina+39 R&D team set out to make a perfectly uniform solid powder – a huge challenge
due to the famously stretchy nature of textiles. Eighteen months later, they came up with an eight-step
process involving various machines that could transform fibers into powder. Result: Recycrom™. ”
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