A chemical process dissolves Levi's denim and turns that into a new fabric that’s used to create new jeans, according to the iconic jeans brand. It’s now working with the Swedish company Renewcell, which turns the old jeans into new material.
“When you’re considering chemical recycling, you want to make sure that there aren’t any toxic chemicals that make their way into the fabrics,” Paul Dillinger, head of global product innovation at Levi Strauss & Co., told Fast Company. “But Renewcell’s factory must operate within Sweden’s very stringent environmental protection regulations. It was ultimately a very clean process, with no effluents coming out of the plant.”