The other day I was in Hill Country Weavers with my mom when I stumbled upon Berroco Remix. I was intrigued because the label said it was made of 100% recycled fibers, which is just so cool. In fact, I’ve used quite a few fabrics and yarns with recycled content for school projects in the past, but I’ve never seen a 100% recycled yarn.
As I read the content I grew more and more excited; 30% nylon, 27% cotton, 24% acrylic, 9% linen, and then I saw the measly 10% silk (not vegan!).
So now I’m experiencing an ethical dilemma. Basically, this would be my dream yarn, except for the silk. I’ve always hated buying new synthetic fibers for environmental reasons, but in order to make a nice sweater it’s sometimes a necessity to buy new acrylic or nylon. This blend does seem like it would make a great sweater yarn. Even if the silk is recycled and makes up such a fraction of the content as a vegan is it still okay to use? Is not using this yarn and then choosing a new cotton/acrylic blend for my next sweater a more ethical decision?
“Garments and high-quality commercially knit fabric panels left over from the ready-to-wear industry are collected from across Europe and sorted by fiber, then color. Because these pieces are pre-dyed, there is no need to dye them again, which saves water and prevents water pollution. Instead, colors are created by carefully blending garnetted fibers. Garnetted fiber is the result of shredding old textiles to make a new, fleece-like fiber that is ready to be spun into a new yarn.”
So basically, a bunch of fabric scraps that would otherwise be tossed in the garbage are being reused to make new yarn. I’m still not sure what I think. I’m not sure if there is a right or wrong answer.
I would love to hear some opinions from other vegan knitters. Would you be inclined to use this yarn, or would the silk stop you?