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Rifò - regenerating noble textile fibers into timeless pieces of clothing

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Italy
City: 
Prato

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Project elaborated in partnership: 
Yes
Submitted by: 
ICESP, Italian Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform
Start/End date: 
03/2019
Ongoing: 
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Rifò - Niccolò Cipriani

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ICESP - Italian Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform

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The Rifò (meaning "I remake", in Italian) company was founded in October 2017, in the textile district of Prato in Tuscany, Italy. The company regenerates noble textile fibres, such as cashmere, using a proven technology developed in the Prato textile district over a hundred years ago.

The textile scraps are torn, reconverted into wool fibres and transformed into yarns, to be used for very fine products, with exceptional saving of natural resources.

In particular, dyes are not used in the production process, as the scraps are initially sorted according to their colour. The production and assembly techniques used for the garments ensure their durability and recyclability.

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  • The production process was developed over a century ago in the textile district of Prato, out of economic necessity.
  • Rifò is a social project: part of the proceeds are donated to leading associations in the social, health and environmental sectors that have been operating for years in Prato and its surroundings (AMIPrato, Fondazione Opera Santarita, Legambiente Prato).
  • Rifò adopted the just-in-time approach, in order not to over-produce.
  • Regenerated products can, in turn, be regenerated two or three times more and are covered by a three-year warranty.
  • The goods are manufactured according to the artisan technique of the descent (flat knitting): the mesh is lowered completely without cutting the thread, so the different components are only sewn together. This type of production, which safeguards the characteristics of craftsmanship, guarantees valuable garments and very minimal waste.
  • The whole production process is carried out in Prato's textile district, via the local supply chain, within a radius of 30 km (which implies fuel saving, local job opportunities, direct check of the quality and ethics of the production process).
  • The whole recycling process is carried out according to the Global Recycling Standard (GRS) certified by textile exchange.