EcoIBQ® is our most sustainable and ecofriendly line. Our recycled plastic fabrics are a part of this range. But EcoIBQ® is much more than just that. This brand brings together our most ecofriendly fabrics; the ones that leave the lowest imprint on the planet and which consume the least resources.
This is our response to a growing problem. Although it is easy to ignore these issues, this reality is crude and determined to show us that resources are not infinite. What’s more, consumption rates are going up.
IBQ and Ternua united for the cause of recycled plastic fabrics.
When we first started with our EcoIBQ® brand, the idea was to launch an endeavour to demonstrate our commitment to the sector and the markets. We sought to work with conscious brands that also shared this way of thinking and, above all, acting. Ternua, the brand of technical and mountain clothing based in the Basque country, contacted us about a very exciting innovative project.
Their connection with the land where they were born is strong. In fact, their namesake is the word Basque whalers used for the waters of Terra Nova (i.e. Newfoundland). This connection and their commitment to sustainability inspired them to create a line of clothes using the fishing nets collected from the Basque ports of Bermeo, Hondarribi and Getaria.
These nets were transformed into yarn, which was then used to create the fabrics. Our factory in Vallès produced all the materials needed to manufacture the garments. This process resulted in more highly sustainable garments, manufactured using recycled plastic fabrics, with a reduced impact on the environment.
This experience showed us that there is another way. A way that is more respectful to the environment, in which neither quality nor the planet have to suffer. This is a one-way journey, with no way back. And each day it’s gathering momentum.
What different kinds of recycled plastic fabrics are there?
In actual fact, there are not different kinds of fabrics. What differs is the origin of the material from which they are recycled and the kinds of yarn that are created. For example, in our EcoIBQ® brand, we have a variety of fibres with different characteristics, but what they all have in common is a reduced environmental imprint and that they come from recycled waste material.
This is the fibre used for the project with Ternua. It is made from waste materials composed of plastic, such as old fishing nets and plastic waste retrieved from the oceans.
These materials are regenerated and undergo a spinning process to transform them into reels of nylon yarn. We use these in our factories to create sustainable fabrics that not only give new life to the waste, but are also of a very high quality.
As mentioned above, this process has a lower impact on the environment, and on the planet. In addition to reducing water consumption, for each 20 tonnes of yarn used, we save 70 barrels of crude oil and avoid emitting 57 tonnes of C02 into the atmosphere. These numbers speak for themselves as to the importance of manufacturing this kind of fabrics.
Often plastic bottles end up in large landfill sites, littering a beach, floating in the oceans or polluting otherwise beautiful landscapes. This is a 21st-century scourge to which we, unfortunately, are more than accustomed.
But by using the right technology, these same plastic bottles can be transformed into fabrics to create all kinds of garments. These can be manufactured with recycled polyester, which has the same benefits as virgin polyester, but with a much smaller impact on the planet.
The whole production process stems from the recovery of plastic materials (mainly PET bottles and industrial waste). After sorting and grinding, the resulting material is subjected to a spinning process. It is this yarn that is used to make the recycled polyester fabric used to manufacture thousands of garments.
In addition to giving a new use to waste products, this whole process greatly reduces energy consumption, it lowers dependence on oil and reduces C02 emissions by 75%.
We are well aware that resources are not infinite, but our commitment to being environmentally friendly is. And this is why, for us, EcoIBQ® is one of our most exciting projects. It drives us to innovate each and every day, to become more sustainable and environmentally friendly and to work to leave a better planet for our children.