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“The textiles industry is arguably the most lucrative, creative, consumer facing industry on earth, and we believe it has the power to change the world.” 
– Circle Economy – 

Creating a circular supply chain in the textiles industry involves increasing the longevity through circular design, developing techniques for high value recycling and creating new business models for fashion and workwear.

Possible topics:

  • Design for reuse and recycling
  • Recycling techniques
  • Collection and sorting
  • New business models

Examples of best practices:

The Open Innovation Centre Texperium was established in 2010 as a non-profit foundation to raise textile recycling and bring textile recycling in the Netherlands to a higher level. Texperium is specialised in the technological area of mechanical textile recycling: sorting, shredding, and spinning of post-consumer textile materials. The focus is on mechanical recycling of non re-wearable post-consumer textiles, the so-called Flock and under-products, which now often go for incineration or very low value is reuse. During the past 6 years they have made a modest contribution to a more sustainable textile industry in corporation with various industrial partners in the Netherlands and Europe.

Mud Jeans
Why be the owner of a pair of jeans that you only want to wear until it’s worn out Mud jeans uses sustainable fabrics to design jeans that can be leased. While you make use of the jeans, Mud Jeans retains ownership of the raw materials. After 12 months they send you an email to ask if you are ready for a new pair. They offer you to switch to a new pair and easily continue with the monthly payment. Fresh jeans, guilt-free. 

Every year, the workwear industry in the Netherlands uses many millions of meters of fabric. In Europe as a whole, this amounts to between 400 and 500 million meters a year – an enormous potential for a circular solution. Workwear, for example in the health-care or cleaning sector, usually only lasts about 18 months. Recycling is not possible because the material consists of polyester and cotton, which cannot be separated. DutchSpirit saw a challenge and teamed up with Schoeller Textiles to develop a new kind of recyclable fabric specifically for workwear. Their collaboration produced a new fabric that consists exclusively of 100% recyclable polyester. In order to guarantee complete recycling, they formed a closed loop of collaborating European companies called Wear-2wear. The fabric is available to all suppliers and manufacturers. Dutch- Spirit is now able to fully dress a company’s workforce, from polo shirts to overalls, from softshell vests to rainwear, and all of it 100% circular.

RetourMatras collects and processes used matrasses for recycling. The predominantly cotton cover is removed and stored separately, to be given a new life as a duster or used in new textile products. The foam, polyurethane foam and latex, are used in carpet underlay, judo mats, filling in the car industry, etc. Any steel springs are melted and used again as secondary material.