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Did you know that between 10% and 20% of material is lost when making a garment?

According to fashionrevolution.org, for approximately 400 billion m2 of textile produced per year, it is estimated that more than 60 billion m2 of material is lost, directly thrown away and considered as "surplus". A consequent waste for a textile industry that remains the second most polluting industry in the world after oil.

The best waste is the waste that is not produced.

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What is zero waste?

More than a trend, the term zero waste defines a state of mind, an ecological approach and, above all, a new way of consumption. An approach that aims to reduce the production of waste. An awareness that goes straight to the source of the problem: production.

Indeed, with zero waste, it is no longer just a question of integrating a recycling system at the end of a product's life, but also of having an anti-waste vision from the moment it is produced. Less wasted material, less waste. 

How is a zero-waste garment produced?

From the very first stages of its manufacture, a conventional textile product generates between 10% and 20% loss (cutting of the material). With zero-waste manufacturing, this waste is reduced to a minimum, i.e. between 0.1% and 5%. This is possible thanks to a new generation of knitting machine, which maximizes the use of yarn and minimizes its waste. These new machines knit the entire product in 3 dimensions: hence the name INTEGRAL.

Henjl's zero waste sweaters are assembled in a single operation by the same machine that knits them. In addition to being eco-responsible (100% merino wool), the Integral sweater is more comfortable because it is seamless.

In general, a traditionally manufactured sweater is knitted in several separate parts (front and back panels, sleeves...) which requires more material, more time and a more consequent post-knitting work.

3D knitting reduces material waste and labor since it requires only one manufacturing step.

A zero-waste garment made of merino wool


When you buy a product made of merino wool, a natural and renewable material, you are demonstrating responsible consumption. By buying zero waste clothing made of merino wool, you reduce your environmental impact even more.

And the price in all this?

The price of a product is always a compromise. Henjl, these are fair prices all year round.

In the case of the zero waste sweater, more expensive machines and a longer knitting time do not yet compensate for the reduction in labor costs and material waste. But as this technology becomes more widespread, the price gap is narrowing.

Date of publication : 10/09/2021