A new initiative to demonstrate the viability of a closed loop supply chain in the workwear market is set to launch collections with nine key customers in five European Union countries and aims to produce more than 30,000 garments across the EU by 2017.

Companies including floor covering specialist Desso and engineering firm Royal HaskoningDHV are among those lined up as launch customers.

Developed by sustainable fashion organisation Dutch AWearNess, corporate wear garments will be made from the 100% recyclable polyester-based Returnity fabric, which can be used and re-used.

The initiative is part of the EcoProFabrics project, a pilot scheme in the European Commission's Eco Innovation Programme.

The goal is to scale-up the production and distribution of the Returnity fabric, which is said to reduce CO2 impact by 73%, waste management by 100% and water usage by 95%.

The projects work so far will be on display at the Resource symposium taking place in London next week.