Recycled Cotton 


Recycled cotton yarn

Ambatomanga Weaving Workshop
Tsimöka Cluster

In collaboration with the French Development Agency (AFD), Antananarivo - MA

The cotton t-shirt is one of the clothing item most worn across the world. Its manufacturing leads to considerable waste of water. The textile industry is the second most polluting industry after the oil sector. Several million tons of clothes are thrown away each year. Half of the garments discarded or landfilled are made of cotton.

Manufacturing a cotton t-shirt leads to enormous pollution and negative externalities for the environment (water consumption during the irrigation of vast arable lands, the use of pesticides, chemical bleaching treatments, etc.). 

When I discovered the garment and weaving workshops of Ambatomanga, the artisans were already reusing textile waste they had bought at a low price from other cooperatives.
They were well aware of the soil drought caused by cotton crops and spoke about the disappearance of the Aral Sea, which was due to irrigation systems set up in neighboring regions.

After having made a very meticulous samples selection, the cotton-recycling artisans showed me their innovative weaving method, one that does not require any water. Together, we decided to design a fully recycled t-shirt, hand-woven and crafted, to ensure minimal impact on the environment.