It is always a pleasure to talk about an Italian company that makes sustainable fashion, even more if, in addition to careful research and selection of materials (and suppliers) and attention to the context in which it is produced, there is also the added value of recycling.
Quagga has been a “made in Italy” (Piedmont) brand since 2010 and it produces very high performance outdoor clothing; I’ve already known its technical garments with minimal lines but rich in detail made of water-repellent fabric and thermal wadding of recycled fiber. Recently the brand launched a crowdfunding campaign called ‘Q-Bottles’, which ended last October; the project consists of the production of outwear for autumn/winter 2018/2019 made of a fiber obtained from recycled plastic bottles, then transformed into fabric. From renewed polymers, this fiber is obtained by a mechanical spinning process without the use of chemicals and the fabric may have the texture of silk or thin cotton, the feel is soft and is in a matt or glossy version and, at the end of the garment, it can be recycled again, throwing it in the trash dumpster like it was a plastic bottle.
Quagga is so preparing its next winter collection and at the same time sends a significant signal about the importance of recycling, respect for the environment and the use of certifications, which are fundamental to demonstrating that recycled materials are (re) used consciously and safe because they are treated in certified companies, where all the potentially harmful substances are eliminated through dyes and finishing.
Last but not the least, Quagga also uses the ‘Animal Free’ certification, that is, that excludes the use of animal origin components. And it is no coincidence that the brand is named after a gentle equine particularly close to zebra, that populated South Africa until the end of the 19th century, extinct due to the quality of its meat and its coat but recently brought back into life following a special selection process called breeding back, which allowed to recreate a similar species, then reintroduced into its natural habitat.