VINIL fabric is finally making its way back into fabric shops across Chicago.
The city’s fabric artist, Jacquard Textiles, has teamed up with the Illinois Department of Agriculture to make textiles from recycled polyester, cotton and viscose fibers.
The yarns are now being used for garments for children and pregnant women, as well as women in the developing world.
The company’s fabrics are the result of a partnership between Jacquards’ Chicago office and the Illinois Division of Agricultural Sciences, which collects samples of the recycled materials and distributes them to textile producers around the country.
Jacquards and the USDA will partner with other producers to distribute the fibers in 2017.
Vinyl, polyester and polyamide are made from cotton, viscose and nylon fibers, but these fibers are often recycled.
The USDA’s Recycled Fabric Program collects and distills these fibers.