A close-up on closed-loop production
From scraps to new fibres
Some products are marked with a special Designed for circularity tag. They have received the tag since they meet the criteria below.

  • At least 25 percent of the main material of the product is regenerated from cutting waste or other leftover materials from the manufacturing of Marimekko's products.
  • The cutting waste and other leftover material from the production will be used as raw materials for future products.
  • The product is made with monomaterials, which improves the recyclability of the product at end-of-use.

Closed loop is a circular economy operating model where materials used in products circulate back into the production of new products. The goal is to reduce natural resource consumption and production-related emissions. Marimekko has launched several initiatives to significantly reduce emissions throughout its entire value chain. The materials used in the products are key in this effort. We are particularly looking for materials whose production consumes fewer natural resources and supports our climate goals.

Together with its partners, Marimekko has put the closed-loop production model to the test by using cutting waste and other leftover materials from the manufacturing of Marimekko’s jersey products as raw materials for new products. In Marimekko's first closed-loop products, which will be available for sale in winter of 2023, the share of recycled fibre is 25 percent and virgin cotton fibre is 75 percent to ensure durability and quality.

Our first closed-loop products were produced in Portugal. There are typically many different parties involved in closed-loop production, and that’s why an efficient process and close local cooperation are essential. Marimekko's closed-loop T-shirts, sweatshirts, and hoodies demonstrate the various stages of closed-loop production.


Material collection and sorting
Material collection and sorting
The Pedrosa & Rodrigues factory, which manufactures Marimekko’s jersey items, collects and sorts waste material generated during Marimekko product production based on colour and material quality, allowing the original colour to be used in the design. The colour of our SS23 pilot project T-shirt, for example, is derived directly from the collected fibre. Pedrosa & Rodriguez, S.A. Rua dos Escuteiros nº42 | Gilmonde 4755-230 Barcelos | Portugal
From waste material to fibre
From waste material to fibre
A fibre opening line is used at the Sasian factory to break down waste material into fibre. Marimekko uses either its own waste material generated during production or material from other brands' products, depending on the overall situation. The raw material for the SS23 pilot comes from Marimekko's jersey product manufacturing. The fibre opening line has seven cylinders with cutting blades that allow textile buttons and zippers to be removed. The textile waste has been transformed into fibre fluff after processing. The fibre is packaged into fibre bales before being delivered to a yarn manufacturer. Sasia Rua Escola da Portela nº 50 | Apt. 7001 4761-908 Ribeirão | Portugal
From fibre to yarn
From fibre to yarn
Yarn manufacturer Inovafil combines recycled fibre with cotton fibre to create a more durable material. The fibre material is then spun into yarn and delivered to the knitting factory. Recycled fibre accounts for 25% of the material in Marimekko's first closed-loop products, with virgin cotton fibre accounting for the remaining 75%. Our goal is to increase the proportion of recycled fibre in our products while maintaining product durability. Inovafil Rua Comendador Manuel Gonçalves | São Cosme 4770-578 Famalicão | Portugal
From yarn to fabric
From yarn to fabric
Fabric manufacturer Trimalhas knits the yarn into a jersey fabric, which is then sent for finishing. The fabric is finished and washed at the Acatel factory. Following that, the fabric is returned to the Pedrosa factory to be cut into pieces in accordance with the sewing patterns. Trimalhas Knit Inspiration, S.A. Rua Eng. Orlando Vital Marques Rodrigues Cardoso S. Tiago | 4835-244 Guimarães | Portugal Acatel - Acabamentos Texteis, SA. Rua do Barreiro, Nº. 310 | Gilmonde 4754-909 Barcelos | Portugal
From fabric to printed garment
From fabric to printed garment
The Cor Suspensa printing house prints the desired placement print onto the cut fabric pieces. The pieces are then delivered to the Cardacao de Cardoso & Santos garment factory, where they are sewn together to create the final product. Cor Suspensa , Estampargem, LDA R. D. Elvira Gomes Barroso, nº 2681 4755 - 230 Gilmonde | Barcelos | Portugal Cardação de Cardoso & Santos, LDA Rua das Calçadas, Nº. 450 | 4750 - 572 Mariz Barcelos | Portugal
Marimekko's closed loop
pilot project partners:
Jersey cutting, scrap collection and sorting
PEDROSA & RODRIGUES, S.A.
Recycled cotton production
Sasia
Yarn manufacturing
Inovafil
Fabric manufacturing
TRIMALHAS KNIT INSPIRATION, S.A.
Fabric finishing
ACATEL - ACABAMENTOS TEXTEIS, S.A.
Fabric cutting
PEDROSA & RODRIGUES, S.A.
Printing
Cor Suspensa, Estampargem, LDA
Sewing
CARDAÇÃO DE CARDOSO & SANTOS, LDA
Finishing and control
PEDROSA & RODRIGUES, S.A.