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Refit Wool and Cotton: same concept, but different sensations

15 Oct
2019

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Close your eyes and feel your clothes. By touching, we are able to identify materials and fabrics of our clothes, for example a wool sweater or cotton trousers.

“Just like clothing, Refit, the new eco-sustainable paper produced by Favini with 15% of wool and cotton textile residues, also gives contrasting sensations and different tactile feelings from its two distinct versions in Cotton and Wool.” Says Michele Posocco, Product Manager for Refit.

Similar to the sensation you feel when closing your eyes and touching fabrics made of different materials: rough and soft, warm and cold, smooth and compact.

Paper and textiles are both evaluated from the reaction produced by the feeling of “touch”.

Refit’s sartorial appeal comes from its innovative content of natural textile fibres, as well as from its fashion inspired colours.

Refit, which means “dress up again” or “readjust”, has distinctive individual sensorial values when it is touched, caressed, and although this is a key point of differentiation between Refit Wool and Refit Cotton, it is not the only one. Let’s explore together in this article all the differences.

Find out more about the Refit range in this article: Refit: paper, fashion and circular economy.

From the one idea of circular economy, two variants of Refit Wool and Cotton

Refit Wool and Refit Cotton are the result of the need to create and produce a new ecological material according to the principles of the circular economy.

Nowadays consumers look increasingly for ecological products, in particular, the fashion sector shows a marked sensitivity to environmental sustainability and for the research into sustainable solutions.  This trend is proven by projects such as the sustainable fabric using the food residues from citrus processing by Orange Fiber and through the Fashion Pact [1] which is signed by 32 fashion brands to declare their willingness to reduce their environmental impact.

Refit responds and answers to the needs of this sector: A new recyclable material of high aesthetic and technical quality for packaging and greener communications.

The two variants of Refit, Wool and Cotton, in fact have the same strong green connotations combined with the application of the principles of the circular economy for their production. [2]

“A perfect industrial symbiosis between the paper and fashion industries that allows us to maximize the use of textile waste in the production of high quality papers”, explains Posocco.

Refit, just as an haute couture garment, is the result of a meticulous search for colours, contrasts and attention to detail.

Let’s discover together the differences between Refit Wool and Cotton, the papers born from the single concept of creative reuse of textile waste, which thanks to each of their distinctive surface finishes impress with unique tactile sensations.

Refit Wool, with its characteristic apparent fluff contrasts with the dark colour of the paper is a unique paper to the touch, the wool fibres that are clearly noticed when caressing the paper give a distinctive tactile effect. Best not to print in litho, tough, but it looks super foil-blocked, silkscreened or embossed.

The Refit Wool paper is made of 15% fibre deriving from the by-products of wool spinning and carding.

Refit Cotton stands out for its crisp laundry look and feel that comes from its dark cotton content on the light colours of the paper. It is versatile in print; suitable for all main printing techniques adding further value to Refit paper.

The Refit Cotton paper is made of 15% fibres deriving from the by-products from spinning and weaving of cotton.

Both variants of the new Refit range include more than 15% fibre derived from textile by-products – wool residues for Wool and cotton residues for Cotton – 40% post-consumer recycled cellulose and 45% virgin cellulose fibre.

From textile waste into paper to create ecological packaging and design projects with Refit

Refit is the ideal support for projects in the fashion world. There is nothing better than an ecological paper produced with 15% waste from carding, spinning and weaving processes for the packaging of clothing and accessories, for their labels and shopping bags.

For inspirations and more examples, see Refit’s Pinterest board.

The ecological paper Refit by Favini has also inspired the world of jewellery design. Cartalana and Arualdem, two paper jewellery brands have been inspired to create original necklaces and bracelets using Refit Wool and Refit Cotton.

This necklace by Cartalana was inspired by Refit. This jewellery, made by spinning Refit paper like a yarn, takes a tribal mood, hinting at the historical origin of both the yarn and the art of spinning. Favini and Cartalana both use material in unconventional ways, whilst promoting the need for sustainable living.

“GRAPES OF PAPER” by Arualdem is formed into a bunch of grapes contrasting the colours between the black of Refit Wool and the white of Refit Cotton. The juxtaposition of weaving these opposing paper finishes and shades together into toroidal shapes then by assembling them cleverly maximises theinterplay of light and shadow. Extremely light but of great visual impact, it celebrates nature in its complex simplicity.

 

Are you curious to see and touch sheets of Favini’s new ecological paper? Click here to request the Refit swatch.

 

 

[1] https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/21/fashion-g7-summit-sustainability-kering-inditex-macron

[2] https://www.smartgreenpost.com/2019/10/01/refit-a-new-ecological-paper-made-of-wool-and-cotton/

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