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Ralph Lauren invests in fibre recycling startup

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NEW YORK – The Ralph Lauren Corporation has announced a minority investment in sustainable startup Natural Fiber Welding (NFW) which aims to recycle natural fibres – such as cotton waste – into high-performance new materials.

As a part of the investment, Ralph Lauren will help scale NFW’s patented technological process and develop performance apparel made from natural, sustainable materials.

Recycled cotton is often unsuitable for use in new apparel due to the short fibres created during recycling. NFW aims to solve this challenge with an innovative process that welds short fibers into longer fibres to create high-performance cotton yarns which can incorporate cotton and other plant-based waste fibres.

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