Italian apparel company Exkite has come on board with major outdoor brands that use recycled items to create the materials used to produce their products.
The company is making jackets from used kiteboarding sails. The kite fabrics are well suited for apparel as the materials are durable, come in a variety of different weights, and bring a unique look to every garment. The concept of using kiteboarding sails to make clothing first came to Renzo Mancini, Founder, and former pro kiteboarder, Exkite while he was testing new gear on the island of Sardinia.
Also, Exkite opened its first retail outlet on the island of Sardinia. The fact that the company’s first store launched on the island where Mancini first came up with the idea of using recycled kites to make clothing also seems quite fitting, bringing the entire concept full circle.
Some of the major outdoor are also in the league of using recycled items to produce apparel and shoes. Columbia’s OutDry Extreme Eco Jackets is made from fabrics developed from recycled water bottles. Similarly, Adidas capitalized on this trend as well by making performance athletic wear and running shoes from plastics that were retrieved from the ocean.