NETHERLANDS: New initiative for closed loop workwear
A new initiative is being launched during next week's Amsterdam Fashion Week to demonstrate the viability of a closed loop supply and production chain in the workwear market.
EcoProFabrics is being described as "the first circular economy initiative to be developed for the textile industry," and a major step in significantly reducing the environmental impact of the many processes associated with textiles.
Developed by sustainable fashion company Dutch AWearNess, the project's Returnity workwear garments are manufactured from a 100% recyclable polyester-based fibre that is both durable and sustainably developed. Compared to cotton, Returnity fabrics are said to reduce CO2 impact by 73%, waste management by 100% and water usage by 95%.
EcoProFabrics will be managed by consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV, with both companies leading the design and implementation of the project's closed loop structure.
"EcoProFabrics will show that the old linear model in textiles, where garments are thrown away after use, can be replaced by a circular economic model, where used textiles are shredded into loose fibres then converted into new textiles without any loss in quality delivering the first, 100% cradle-to-cradle project in the fashion industry", says Dutch AWearNess's founder Rien Otto.
EcoProFabrics will launch new workwear collections with nine key customers in five European Union (EU) countries and aims to produce more than 30,000 garments across the EU by 2017.
According to a report by the European Textile Service Association (ETSA) workwear group,the workwear market is forecast to generate annual revenues in excess of EUR5bn (US$6.8bn) across Europe by 2015.
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