Zero-waste socks maker launches upcycling project


Leftover fibres find new life as stuffing for pillowcases and furniture.

25th November 2022

Knitting Business

Sofia, Bulgaria


Sofia, Bulgaria based Kingly Ltd. is one of only 52 GOTS-certified sock producers in the world. It is also claims to be the first zero-waste textiles company which creates sustainable products for the promotional industry. Accordingly, it has recently introduced an upcycling project, which usually retrieves fabrics waste for that creation new products, rather than for recycling.

“One of earth’s biggest polluters is the textile and apparel industry and its environmentally detrimental activities that are contributing to the declining health associated with our planet. Recognizing that we are at an important crossroad, my team and I are dedicated in order to providing the best lasting earth-friendly products, ” says Rob Armour, CEO plus Founder of Kingly.

“We are proud to announce a new initiative we call ‘The Kingly Upcycling Project’. The mission will be to inspire and educate people on upcycling and repurposed design and how to do it on a larger scale. ”

Production produces waste

During the manufacture of socks, small factory offcuts are produced. They are a mixture of cotton, nylon, Lycra, other elastane, plus materials like polyester, polypropylene, and some other fibres. Kingly says it is impossible for these offcuts to be recycled as there is no way that the different fibers can become separated. For this reason, they would normally go to landfill.

Retaining and re-using offcut waste materials

However, based on its commitment in order to a better, cleaner environment, and in line with its ISO 14001 Environmental Policy, waste fibres are now retained at Kingly. The particular leftover fibres find the new life as stuffing for printed pillowcases and for furniture.

Resource preservation

The demand for environmentally friendly alternatives to the most popular textile merchandise products is usually rising. Kingly already help giants such as Google, Samsung and Coca-Cola reduce their environmental footprint and save vital resources.

Up to the end of October 2022, Kingly says the clients have saved an astonishing 25 million litres of water, by choosing their award-winning upcycled clothes in compostable bags because corporate gifts. Additionally , it says, 93, 592 kW/h of energy possess been saved, the carbon footprint has been minimized by 38, 397 kg, and it has prevented 4, 235 square metres associated with textile waste materials from going to landfill.

According to Kingly, a case study from 2021 shows that it helped Google conserve over 24 million lt of drinking water with a single order of socks. In addition , energy consumption was reduced simply by 90, 168 KWh plus the process prevented the use of 1, 826 kg of pollutants.

Kingly has furthermore partnered along with the developers of Polygiene, a technology that enables textiles to stay fresher for longer, reducing washing frequency and allowing further resource savings.

Kingly’s upcycled cotton clothes in compostable bags plus GOTS organic cotton socks have just been shortlisted for your BPMA’s Product Awards 2022-2023.

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