The whole process seems rather labor intensive, until you think about the work and chemical input it takes to plant, grow, harvest, spin cotton into threads, and then weave it into fabric. Still, the Ioncell-F technique isn’t perfect. It can’t handle fabrics that contain elastane (better known as spandex), which is quite a handicap in the realm of stories like Forever21. And right now the process requires that the fabrics be bleached and then dyed again after the fabric is remade. Haslinger hopes that with better industry cooperation, they’ll be able to sort fabrics by color in the future. If all blue textiles showed up at the recycling plant in the same pile, the Ioncell-F process could keep their dyes intact—thus reducing the environmental impact of the new fabric even further.