Working together to close the textile loop
Our vision is to manufacture high-quality textile products from 100 percent recycled textiles
wear2wear™ is an innovative partnership between companies that have committed to running their businesses in a sustainable and environmentally-friendly manner. Each partner makes an individual contribution to the closed textile loop.
The wear2wear™ textile loop
Eight steps – one cycle: for a sustainable textile future
Sustainable membrane and material suppliers – the foundation for all other wear2wear™ processes.
Here the focus is placed on single-origin material components, as well as high-quality manufacturing processes. Apart from the manufacture of functional textiles, engineering application areas can also be provided. As base materials, the laminates and fabrics provide the comfort and functionality and form the foundation of the material selection.
design2recycle – the recycling-based design concept.
design2recycle creates the basis for all future recyclable products that the partners in the wear2wear™ loop take into account. The foundation is a selection of materials with the highest degree of purity, as well as a design with fewer seams. This should ensure the individual components of the textiles can be separated with a technically-viable and cost-effective process once they are used. Apart from the integration of recyclable materials and ingredients, the focus is on already recycled materials to guarantee the upcycling character.
Manufacturing in line with design2recyle guidelines.
Apart from single-origin product selection, design plays a key role in the profitable circularity of textile products. Thanks to a design with fewer seams and a selection of compatible ingredients, manufacturers are in a position to sustainably supply circular clothing and products that can be re-utilized as raw material components and resources after they are used.
Manufacture and furnishing of the wear2wear™ apparel.
In addition to supplying single-origin, recyclable products and collections, the manufacturers offer extensive consulting services and engineering know-how for the implementation of circular textiles. The wishes and requirements of the customer are taken into consideration and then transformed into an adapted design concept. Furthermore, the quality and durability of the clothing play an important role in the design of circular products, both of which are constantly monitored and optimized by the manufacturer.
Industrial processes for cleaning and treating workwear.
Industrial cleaners assume responsibility for the professional cleaning of the materials after they are used. They rely on low-emission processes that not only remove dirt and impurities, but also ensure that the materials are optimally treated prior to the subsequent recycling process. Apart from the cleaning processes, the partners enable logistics services that forward the materials to the downstream process steps after cleaning.
Collection, separation and sorting.
To ensure the value-generating re-use of materials and raw materials, the used textiles must be prepared and supplied with processes that reduce both time and costs. After they are collected, the used textiles are examined, cleaned and repaired and then sorted according to the material category.
During the sorting process, apart from removing impurities, each piece of used clothing is analyzed in accordance with its wearability and marketability in order to determine the economic viability. The screening and sorting process is carried out either through the human eye or by using machine-controlled infrared spectroscopy. Through these steps the industry partners ensure that the used textiles are optimally prepared for the subsequent recycling process.
Chemical and mechanical recycling processes for the shredding and chemical treatment of used textiles.
Mechanical recycling involves an industrial process, in which the textiles are shredded into small fragments or fiber structures, which are then turned into a regranulate through supplemental, optional polymer melting processes.
During chemical recycling, used textiles are degraded into basic substances such as oligomers and monomers, which can then be utilized as new raw materials for diverse manufacturing processes. By combining them, these current processes can be profitably implemented, both economically and ecologically, and used within the consortium for raw materials reprocessing.
Manufacture of fibers and yarns from recycled raw materials collected within the loop.
Within the consortium, fiber and yarn manufacturers utilize recycled regranulate to manufacture fiber or fabric materials. This process step leads to a sustainable material loop and makes it possible to supply reusable and recycled basic materials for the manufacture of textile products.
wear2wear™ is an industry partnership for closing the textile loop
Behind wear2wear™ are renowned European companies that have taken on the task of manufacturing new textiles solely from recyclable and single-origin materials. Each company makes an individual contribution in a specific phase of the textile recycling process.
The sustainable wear2wear™ concept is synonymous with high-quality, responsible clothing. New functional apparel is manufactured with state-of-the-art production systems using recycled textiles from across Europe. Depending on the field of application, the functional textiles meet high standards and requirements related to waterproofness, breathability, protection and comfort.
To ensure that the raw material loop closes, these textiles can be completely recycled again at the end of their life cycle. The advantage: no waste is created and the textiles can be further utilized to manufacture new, upcycled apparel products.
Become a wear2wear™ partner
Let us work together to close the textile loop!
Do your part: As a system partner, you enhance the wear2wear™ loop with your product and contribute to the wear2wear™ market concept as a sustainable multiplier. As a technology partner, you enhance the wear2wear™ loop with your technical know-how and/or your services, thus becoming part of the consortium. wear2wear™ is constantly searching for additional creative and sustainable solutions. Be part of the textile future and join us to close the textile loop!