12 March 2022 Efforts

Every month, FashionUnited selects a number of sustainability efforts from the fashion industry at home and abroad. Today: 12 news from March.

Freitag bag brand develops circular truck tarpaulin

Bag brand Freitag, which makes bags from used truck tarpaulin, is launching an initiative that makes circular truck tarpaulin. Together with a group of industrial partners, the brand has made a truck tarpaulin that meets circularity criteria, according to a press release. Freitag thus closes its own material cycle.

Mycotex wins GEC Textile Award, second place for Resortecs

The Dutch Mycotex is the winner of the GEC Textile Award, according to a press release from organizer Global Entrepreneurship Center. Mycotex also won a cash prize of 200,000 euros. The Belgian Resortecs finished in second place. Resortecs therefore went home with a cash prize of 100,000 euros.

New textile cooperative Cibutex sees the light

Five textile service companies have entered into a partnership, resulting in the textile cooperative Cibutex, according to a press release. The cooperative is committed to recycling and recovering fibers from discarded textiles. Founders of Cibutex (Circular Business Textiles) are Blycolin Textile Services, Dubella, Edelweiss Groep, Lamme Textile Management and Nedlin.

Puma recycles printed and stitched football apparel with Re:jersey

Clothes with prints, appliqués and embroidery are usually not so easy to recycle. Sportswear company Puma wants to try to do just that with the Re:jersey project, it says in a press release. The company will soon start a pilot in which, among other things, old football clothing will be used to make new yarns. These clothes often have printed or stitched logos on them.

Gerry Weber achieves climate neutrality at headquarters

The headquarters of the German Gerry Weber Group is now completely climate neutral, the company said in a press release. This is a year ahead of schedule and the target was one of the group’s key medium-term sustainability goals.

Bleckmann neemt The Renewal Workshop over

Bleckmann, who claims to be the market leader in supply chain management, is taking over The Renewal Workshop, Bleckmann announced in a press release. The acquisition enables Bleckmann to offer a fully circular supply solution.

H&M’s newborn collection is Cradle to Cradle certified

H&M’s latest newborn collection has it Cradle to Cradle gold certificaat got. The items are compostable at the end of the use cycle, according to the press release.

New report: sustainability certificates facilitate greenwashing

From a new report from Changing Markets Foundation shows that sustainability certificates also facilitate greenwashing instead of stopping it† They allow companies to pretend to be greener than they really are.

European Commission wants to ban greenwashing and presents EU Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles

This month, the European Commission published the long-awaited EU Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles. As part of the strategy, the committee wants to combat greenwashing and has proposed a ban on various practices. For example, companies are no longer allowed to make ‘general, vague environmental claims’. The European Commission cites ‘environmentally friendly’, ‘eco’ or ‘green’ as examples. In addition, from now on it will also be punishable by law to make a sustainability claim about an entire product, if in fact it only concerns a part or an aspect of the product. Third, companies are no longer allowed to use a ‘voluntary sustainability label’ that is not based on verification from a third party or public authorities.

Image HNST, via Nightingale

Denim brand HNST develops revolutionary circular dyeing technique for black denim

Denim brand HNST has developed a revolutionary circular dyeing technique in collaboration with their fabric manufacturer, the brand reports in a press release. For example, the waste water from the dyeing process is filtered until it is clean again. The black pigment is extracted and returned to the pigment manufacturer where it is regenerated until it can be reused as a cotton colorant. In this way no dirty waste water ends up in nature, the pigment has no influence on the ecosystem and the pigment can always be reused.

Caffe Inc. secures investment of 4 million euros

Caffe Inc., which makes dyes from coffee grounds, among other things, has secured an investment of 4 million euros. The new capital will be used for the construction of a coffee waste recycling plant in Amsterdam.

Masterpiece, Atelier Jungles and De Naaijerij launch circular collection

The three companies from The Hague have launched the ‘Circular Fashion Matters’ collection. The collection was designed by Atelier Jungles, is rented out from Masterpiece and the items are recycled by the Sewing industry at the end of their use cycle.

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