The K-Loop project by Kimood and K-up
The K-loop project is part of an approach focusing on the environment and traceability. The central pillars of this project are use of recycled materials and allowing transparent tracking of each step in a product’s creation for the end consumer.
This intrinsically green project is resulting in savings in energy, water and residue, as well as eliminating waste.
With K-loop, we proudly state where and how we produce our garments.
Grading and reusing production scrap in our factories and using recycled materials are all helping to minimise our environmental footprint.
Through this ethical and sustainable project, we are exploring every avenue and pursuing 2 main focuses in 2 collections (K-loop collection and K-loop tracking collection), with the aim of: designing practical and trendy products while protecting the planet and highlighting all aspects of the production of our clothing.
The two K-loop collections
This is the “closing of the loop”, or the “circular economy” in marketing terms. This means that the fabrics used to make K-loop products come from recovered waste from the production of some organic cotton KARIBAN BRANDS products.
This waste is sorted by colour and shredded to restore the original fibres. These are then combined with recycled polyester from plastic bottles for a stronger construction. The main idea behind the K-loop project is reducing waste, recycling and reusing: “Nothing is lost, nothing is created: everything is transformed” (Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier).
To ensure that this approach is both transparent and verifiable, Kimood and K-up have focused on improving the traceability of their products, from design through to distribution. Each product has its own passport.
During the weaving process, tiny particles generated by the Aware™ technology are incorporated in the yarn to create a unique and lasting digital fingerprint. This information can then be scanned and consulted. Read more
This is the combination of the tracking technology and Polylana® (50% recycled polyester / 50% polyester).
Polylana® yarn is certified Impact Aware™, guaranteeing a 100% transparent and responsible product over the entire production chain, including the Aware™ blockchain platform, which can be used to verify the authenticity of the Polylana® fibre. A special label with a QR code provides access to the Aware™ platform for direct authentication of certifications using a smartphone.
For this project, the Kimood and K-up brands are making every effort to move towards more environmentally-friendly operation and conservation of resources: saving water, reducing waste, organic materials, plastic recycling, reducing the carbon footprint, product traceability. Read more
What are the textile tracers ?
K-loop undertakes to trace, measure and certify each step in the process.