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Ecotec cotton by Marchi & Fildi is now even smarter

The company originally launched its Made in Italy smart cotton at Première Vision in Paris in February 2015.

25th January 2017

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Milan


SS 2016 Marimekko dress with Ecotec. © Marchi & FildiMarchi & Fildi, a leading Italy based manufacturer of natural, artificial and synthetic fibre yarns, has received the Tessile e Salute certification promoted by the Italian Ministry of Health for its Ecotec smart cotton.

The company originally launched its Made in Italy product innovation at Première Vision in Paris in February 2015. Since then, seven companies became Ecotec accredited partners by signing the Ecotec policy that makes them active part of the Ecotec marketing and communication activities. These include: COMATEX, Euromaglia S.r.l, HATA, Lana Reale, Manifattura CBM, Tessuti & Tessuti srl, and Tintex Texteis Sa.

Ecotec yarn

Ecotec yarn is made in Italy and produced by an exclusive traceable and certified production process that transforms pre-dyed textile clippings into a 100% cotton yarn with record savings in water and energy consumption, according to the manufacturer.

According to the company, Ecotec is the new generation of smart cotton. Thanks to the exclusive Marchi & Fildi process, the redundant remnants from the fashion system’s garment production are recovered and transformed into Ecotec yarns, making it possible to use less resources while maintaining the quality standards.

Measuring the efficiency of the process, the company says it recorded proven metrics of up to 56.3% reduction on the greenhouse effect, up to 56.6% in energy savings, and up to 77.9% in water consumption throughout the complete process.


The Ecotec yarn is now also compliant with a number of certifications, including Oeko-Tex 100, GRS (Global Recycled Standard), Certified Quality System Company ISO 9000:2008, TF (Traceability & Fashion), and LCA (Life Cycle Assessment).

Ecotec Innovation in Polaris 80% Ecotec/20% cotton. © Marchi & Fildi

The brand also participates in the Textile and Health Project, funded by the Ministry Of Health and aimed at protecting the health of people, guaranteeing to the end consumers the safety and the transparency of the textile-clothing products.

Choice of premium brands

Marimekko is a Finnish design company renowned for its original prints and colours. The company’s product portfolio includes high-quality clothing, bags and accessories as well as home décor items ranging from textiles to tableware. The company’s Summer 2016 collection included a jersey series called Stripe 15 made with Ecotec yarn from textile industry waste.

Ecotec Collection in Polaris 80% Ecotec/20% cotton. © Marchi & Fildi

For the Spring/Summer 2016, Manifattura CBM created a poncho for Eileen Fisher. The fabric is realised in Ecotec Polaris yarn (65% Ecotec, 35% CO). As stated by the brand: “Spun from garments or cutting room scraps, recycled and reclaimed cotton yarns have a speckly, mélanged effect. Their environmental advantage: They eliminate farming, harvesting and ginning, reducing both energy and transportation needs”.

Ecotec Book at textile fairs

Ecotec smart cotton is high quality, refined and versatile yarn that is perfect for woven and jersey fashion fabrics, as well as for knitwear and hosiery, according to the manufacturer. It is available in an extended range of vivid and bright colours. Customers can specify their own colour ranges on request, customising the range to suit their own needs, and building creative partnerships within the R&D departments of Marchi & Fildi.

This year Ecotec by Marchi & Fildi will present two product lines:

  • Ecotec Innovation: a line of smart solutions created by the R&D department of Marchi & Fildi, in cooperation with a textile style office
  • Ecotec Collection: an exclusive range of Ecotec fabrics made by accredited Ecotec partners

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