Yearly Archives: 2015


To guarantee the product's history and the different production stages to protect consumer interests and allow the company to divulge its production chain in a transparent way. The Carded and Carded Recycled trademarks also guarantee the traceability of certified products, thanks to an agreement with the TF Traceability and Fashion certification system (
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Each year in Prato, 22 thousand tonnes of "rags" are recycled, all of which are worked with the carding technique. The yarns are made from virgin fibers or obtained from recycled fabrics or knitwear off-cuts, both new and used. This process stands out for its use of short and non-homogeneous fibers mixed to create diverse…
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LIFE CYCLE To better approach this new path, the Prato Chamber of Commerce and the Consortium for the Promotion of Cardato Textiles teamed up with researchers from the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna di Pisa, who drew up the specification for the life cycle product measurement methodology (LCA - Life Cycle Assessment) in accordance with the new PEF…
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Sorting The used clothing or cuttings of new fabrics used by the garment industry are sorted according to quality and color. In some cases linings, buttons, zippers, etc., have to be removed from the clothing. This is an important aspect of the process where the “hand and eye” of the expert worker are essential.

 Carbonizing Carbonizing is a process that eliminates any vegetable impurities from the wool. Rags and cuttings are dry cleaned with hydrochloric acid, while new wool fiber is soaked in sulfuric acid.The treated fabrics or staples are then beaten to eliminate the carbonized particles.

Tearing In this process, the rags become fiber again by being mechanically torn and washed: the two operations are carried out in tanks where the rags are forced by the current of the water through two pairs of cylinders with steel teeth that tear them. The fiber in then dried.

Tratto da “Il cardato pratese”
Di F. Magi e F. Ceccarelli, Prato 2002



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