From old workwear to 100% recycled uniforms

Dutch family firm Schijvens has been designing, manufacturing and distributing workwear for 150 years. With support from the ECAP fibre to fibre trials, Schijvens produces workwear from recycled fibres.

Through its work with the hotel chain Stayokay, and retail discount chain HEMA, it has taken old, discarded workwear and recycled it into brand new uniforms – made from 100% recycled materials.

New workwear report released

The second part of the European Textiles and Workwear Market report ‘Embedding Circular Procurement in purchasing of workwear‘ has just been released. It explores the opportunities and barriers to sharing and implementing circular procurement principles to workwear across Europe. It also analyses the role of EU procurement National Action Plans and Green Public Procurement criteria in supporting ECAP’s mission, and examines the potential for other methods, such as policy, economics, procurement and capacity building, to deliver the benefits of more circular workwear products.

New research shows environmental impact of clothing industry in Europe

Our latest research has found that the environmental impact of clothing in Europe is very high. Six million tonnes of clothing was consumed in 2015, presenting a huge opportunity to address less wasteful practices across its life cycle.

The report ‘Mapping clothing impacts across Europe: the environmental cost’ shows how ECAP can help to reduce this environmental impact, and inspire change across Europe.

Read the report here

MADE-BY launches ECAP initiative in partnership with Reverse Resources

MADE-BY has launched a first-of-its-kind initiative for the European clothing sector, working in partnership with H&M Global Change Award Winner, Reverse Resources.

Research from Reverse Resources shows that manufacturers producing textiles and clothes for many of the world’s major fashion brands and retail outlets are “spilling” an average of 25% of virgin material resources, much higher than previously perceived. This figure has been supported by other organisations working in this field, including WRAP and opens up an important conversation around the management of textile leftovers – much of which is treated as waste.

This project will explore this issue and will have direct benefit for the participants and will also develop lessons for the wider industry.

Brands, retailers, and suppliers who are interested in learning more, keeping in touch or getting involved in the project can contact the MADE-BY project lead at More information is also available at

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New €3.6 million textiles project to be launched across Europe
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A new project led by WRAP launches today which aims to increase environmental and economic benefits by reducing the carbon, water and waste footprints of clothing in the EU.

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