Trials where recycled fibres are substituted for virgin fibres in clothing ranges are moving ahead. Leading the way in our January 2017 pilots are Dutch based companies Tricorp, Schijvens mode and Havep. Their work will show that you can use recycled textile fibres in clothing, get the items into the shops and sell them profitably.
Tricorp Workwear is one of the Dutch market leaders in the field of B2B workwear who consider it their duty to be a leader in the solution of CSR related issues.
The company embraces the latest developments in the field of circular workwear and is enthusiastic to start a pilot with F2F to add new circular products to their collection. During the pilot they will develop and produce two different kinds of polo shirts with recycled content from textiles and add them to their stock collection.
Willem Eimers from Tricorp Workwear said: “We strongly believe in the 4 P’s: People, Planet, Profit and Partnership, which are embedded in our company DNA. This means taking care of our employees by optimally supporting them in all they do and to offer them opportunities to develop further, taking care of the many men and women in the work field by offering them the most comfortable and safe workwear, and taking care of all the thousands of workers in our factories by giving them safe and good working conditions as laid down in the Code of Conduct of the Fair Wear Foundation.
“But we also take care of our planet and its resources by finding new ways of re-using textiles at a high-level and by focussing on circular innovation with ‘Design for Recycling & with Recycled content’ in mind. We do this not just on our own; but by always looking for partner organizations and alliances because the circular economy can only succeed through collaboration and partnership. This F2F project is an incredible opportunity and a big boost towards the path of circular innovation!”
Schijvens and Stayokay
Another pilot will be run by Schijvens. This Dutch family-owned business has been designing, producing and distributing work wear for over 150 years. Schijvens designs and produces work wear for a variety of target groups, in retail, facility and hospitality services, in construction and logistics. They design and produce custom-made work wear collections consisting of all kind of articles, from tailored polo’s to dress shirts, from coveralls to aprons, from work trousers to suits.
Corporate Social Responsibility or sustainability is part of Schijvens’ DNA, both on social as well as on environmental issues. Their ultimate goal is to be circular in 2020 and complete the supply chain in accordance with the Cradle2Cradle principle. To accomplish their ambition, Schijvens acquired a majority interest in a production plant in Turkey in order to optimize their product life-cycle. Running a pilot project for the European Clothing Action Plan (ECAP) is a great opportunity to reinforce this ambition.
Schijvens owner and commercial director, Shirley Rijnsdorp, said: “Co-operation is needed to realise this ambition and we are very proud to announce the release of a sustainable post-consumer workwear collection for Stayokay hostel. This collection is a reflection of co-creation and the sustainability policies of both parties: Schijvens and Stayokay.”
For 152 years HAVEP have been producing workwear and protective wear for a broad variety of target groups such as petrochemistry, construction, agri, industry, maintenance and care.
Their strategy is to develop circular workwear for the hospital and care sector. Sustainable circular workwear is not readily available in this market and the ECAP collection pilot, if successful, will give them the competitive advantage over many traditional suppliers.
HAVEP is well aware of the limitations circular workwear may pose in design and production. They already have built up expertise in this area during the development of the HAVEP® REWORK sustainable collection. HAVEP has identified that in the supply chain they need to have back-up companies in order to prevent delays in the supply of the fibres, yarns and fabrics they need. HAVEP started working together with several supply chain partners who guide companies with respect to procurement, care and the end-of-life of sustainable products. In this way HAVEP is quickly gaining insight into the demands of potential clients.
Sustainability of products can be a decisive factor in the procurement of workwear in the care sector, provided the design, functionality and price of the end-products are competitive to current workwear.
Vinsent Jansen, product manager HAVEP says: “Our next act will be to place containers all over the country to help our partners gather worn and used up workwear so that we can recycle clothing instead of burning it. Together, with one of our partners, Sympany, we are going to collect the containers and see if we can give the clothing a second life elsewhere. Everything from the containers that is not re-usable as clothing will be shredded by FBbasics. From that point the possibilities to re-use the shredded textiles are endless.”
HAVEP believe they can master this with the help of the right supply chain partners. They have already contacted a potential client interested in the sustainable workwear and are ready to participate in trials and wear tests. Based on these tests, HAVEP has the intention to produce a whole range of sustainable and circular work wear items for workers in the care sector.