Figli di Michelangelo Calamai was founded at the end of the 19th century, roughly 100 years before the birth of the environmental movement. Two brothers (one was 15 years old and the other 18) selected used garments and shredded and cut them into reclaimed fibers before they were sent to be spun into yarns. Bernardo Calamai, great-grandson of the founders, runs what is now Calamai Tech Fabrics.
Pictured: Used clothing waits to be sorted at Calamai Tech Fabrics in Prato, Italy
Photo: Jeff Johnson
See how we worked with reclaimed wool in the new Truth to Materials collection at patagonia.com/truthtomaterials