wear2wear™ is an innovative partnership of companies in which each individual partner makes a special contribution at a certain stage of the textile recycling process.
100% climate-neutral, recyclable PTFE- and PFC-fee membranes and recycled outer materials
As one of the worldwide leading producers, Sympatex® Technologies has been a synonym for high-tech functional materials in clothing, footwear, accessories and technical fields of application since 1986. Together with selected partners, Sympatex develops, produces and distributes membranes, laminates and functional textiles as well as finished products worldwide. The Sympatex membrane is highly breathable, 100% wind- and waterproof and regulates the climate. It is 100% recyclable, climate-neutral, bluesign® certified, and it received the ‘Oeko-Tex-Standard 100’ certificate. It is also PTFE-free and PFC-free. The technologies and procedures are based on the principles of ecological responsibility and sustainability with a special focus on the optimal carbon footprint. The lamination of the Sympatex membranes, with polyester-based outer and lining materials, leads to single-origin polyester laminates. This combination of materials provides the ideal prerequisite for a direct reutilization process using existing technologies.
Inspire fabrics – a new awareness for work and the environment
The sustainable fabric concept for high-quality workwear consists of 100 percent recycled PET fibers developed and manufactured into single-origin functional textiles using state-of-the-art production systems. PET bottles, which serve as the origin material, are transformed into polymer yarns and processed into high-performance protective textiles. Depending on the application, protective textiles must satisfy high mechanical and thermophysiological requirements. The guarantee of single-origin materials assures customers that Inspire products can be fully recycled again at the end of their life cycle. This creates a closed raw materials loop with negligible waste, reduced CO2 emissions and water consumption, and regenerated clothing articles. The application of ecological technologies can lend the fluorocarbon-free textiles additional antibacterial, water-repellent and dirt-repellent properties. Wind- and waterproof three-layer laminates contain the climate-neutral Sympatex membrane and are rain protection certified. Inspire products can be certified in accordance with environmental standards and manufactured in high-visibility colors.
The wear2wear initiator and manufacturer of sustainable tailored suits
DutchSpirit is the founder of the wear2wear consortium and the inspiration behind the development of tailored suits within a closed loop. Since 2010, the Netherlands-based company has been committed to the goal of significantly raising the awareness of sustainable clothing manufactured within a closed textile loop and offering it to the company clothing and workwear segment. The core business revolves around sustainable tailored suits, wedding suits and jackets. In cooperation with Schoeller, DutchSpirit has already developed recyclable workwear textiles with the aim of creating 100 percent recyclability while taking into account wearing comfort and established safety requirements. In 2015, DutchSpirit was selected as one of the top five Netherlands companies in the field of sustainability within the Circular Icon project. DutchSpirit continues to work on innovative technologies for the reutilization of textiles that to date have not been recyclable.
Innovative yarns for recyclable textiles
The “Textile Screw” is a patented Climatex® technology. Like in the field of mechanics, the “Textile Screw” connects various underlying materials and can be loosened again using a globally-established process. Separating nonhomogenous textiles into single-source materials thus becomes a reality. Relying on innovative technologies from the yarn and fabric manufacturing industry, nonrecyclable materials can be removed cost-effectively and with minimal energy consumption and the sorting and separation process optimized over the long-term.
Protective workwear for the trades industry, industrial environments and the service industry
CWS develops individual workwear collections in close cooperation with partners in the trades industry, industrial environments and the service industry. Each clothing article is tailored to the needs of specific occupational groups and conforms to current norms and safety standards. All collections are available through the sustainable and convenient rental service from CWS. The service ranges from pickup, washing and if necessary repair or replacement, to quality checks and delivery, including direct in the wearer’s storage compartment at work. With its workwear collection, CWS places special emphasis on superior quality, a comfortable feel with extensive freedom of movement, functional details, modern designs and a wide selection of colors. The collections, which can be easily combined, are verifiably skin-friendly and conform to the ÖKO-TEX® 100 standard.
Innovative clothing manufacturer as key for design2recycle concepts
The company’s production facility includes a complex for manufacturing smart materials from synthetic fibers and a plant producing natural and blended fabrics. The process of manufacturing covers a complete production cycle, from spinning and weaving and knitting to fabric finishing, which gives materials such properties as fire resistance, wind protection, water repellency and fast drying. BTK features full-cycle garment production facilities (pattern cutting, garmenting and final processing of finished sewn garments with a varying degree of complexity and construction) for the fields workwear, outdoor, everyday business and unique clothes. The vertical integration enables BTK to exercise control over the entire value chain to ensure top-notch quality and timely delivery. Unique technologies of finishing and modern equipment allow BTK to create innovative fabrics and materials used in production of professional clothing for various business industries and government institutions.
Workwear with superior comfort and top functionality
CWS symbolizes the benefits of resource-efficient and sustainable reusable solutions. With the rental service, the issue of sustainability is an important aspect of the daily business at CWS. After selecting from a wide assortment of workwear and protective clothing, customers receive deliveries on a regular basis. That means clothing that is always clean and fits properly, repaired or exchanged if necessary and returned to the original wearer after a quality check. Sewn-in RFID chips ensure there are no delivery mistakes. With all of its collections and fields of applications, CWS offers consulting services related to industry-specific requirements and legal norm guideline. In the field of personal protective wear, CWS ensures that all current norms and safety requirements are adhered to during the entire timeframe that the clothing is used. Every article of clothing offers superior quality, a comfortable feel with extensive freedom of movement, functional details, a modern design and a wide selection of colors. The collections, which can be easily combined, are verifiably skin-friendly and conform to the ÖKO-TEX® 100 standard.
Decontex: Professional Textile Cleaning Solutions on CO2 basis
The company from Bruges (Belgium) took a technology from the space agency NASA to dust all kinds of special clothing with CO2. Firefighter suits, the fluorescent suits of NMBS workers, motorcycle and diving suits, military clothing, work clothing from well-known companies. During washing the CO2 penetrates the deep fibers and the membranes without – contrary to washing with water – damaging the properties of the textile. That is not unimportant given the high cost of technical clothing. Moreover, it is a closed circuit and the CO2 can be reused constantly, without any waste. The Belgian start-up makes a valuable contribution to resource conservation and, thanks to its innovative technology, offers a valuable component in the wear2wear cycle.
The textile and hygiene service provider for workwear
All textiles offered through the CWS rental service are washed in the company’s own 43 high-tech laundries across Europe. After all, only professionally cleaned and maintained workwear constantly satisfies all demands and norm guidelines. The CWS laundries are equipped with water- and energy-saving systems and are certified in accordance with international quality, environmental and hygiene management standards. CWS thus carries out its washing and drying operations in a resource-efficient and energy-saving manner, such as reutilizing the laundry water while adhering to hygiene standards. CWS furthermore sorts the textiles according to the respective washing requirements, ensuring a careful washing process and avoiding the use of environmentally-harmful washing additives. The company also emphasizes sustainability with its logistics services by relying on intelligent route planning tools that ensure the products are delivered to the customer via the shortest route. CWS furthermore recycles as much disused material as possible or reutilizes it for other purposes – all in the spirit of the circular economy, which is the focus of the CWS daily business activities.
Heinrich Glaeser Nachfolger GmbH
Heinrich Glaeser Nachfolger GmbH is a traditional family company that has been involved in all types of textiles since 1888. Over the past few years, the company has grown into reputable group with numerous subsidiaries and stakes in other companies. Glaeser Textil is a high-performance supplier of textile raw materials such as PES staple fibers and yarns made from conventional and regenerated materials. Other departments such as operations hygiene, materials & home textiles, plus used clothing and shoe collection services (faircollect) also contribute to the company’s overall success. faircollect pursues the fair, transparent collection of secondary raw materials in the form of used clothing and shoes. Old shoes and clothing collected via special containers are separated and recycled into various material categories. Thanks to the use of intelligently-located, regularly inspected used clothing containers, recovering resources from the collection of old clothing is simple and effective, turning them into second-hand merchandise, cleaning rags or textile raw materials.
Sorting and provision of clothing for a circular cycle economy
Texaid was founded in 1978 as a charity-private partnership between six Swiss relief organisations and an entrepreneur. With its headquarters in Switzerland (Canton of Uri) and branches in Germany, Austria, Spain, Bulgaria, Hungary, Morocco and the USA, the company is one of the leading service providers of textile recycling services in Europe. Texaid has extensive know-how in the collection, sorting and recycling of used textiles. The company has consistently developed and expanded its collection, sorting and recycling capacities in recent years, as well as investments in numerous research and development projects. Texaid pursues the vision of closing the textile cycle in the long term.
Märkische Faser GmbH
The “upcycler” and granulate manufacturer
Märkische Faser GmbH holds a unique position in the field of chemical fibers. With a production capacity of roughly 55,000 tons annually, Märkische Faser GmbH is strategically, technologically and geographically positioned to be able to respond to the special needs of the market. The Premnitz location near Berlin relies on a combination of technologies to manufacture fibers, cables and granulates based on primary and secondary raw materials and additives (master batches), also based on GRS-certification. When it comes to sustainability, Märkische Faser GmbH uses two state-of-the-art treatment systems for the upcycling of polyester materials – a process known und the name P-ETernity™ – which apart from shredding and regranulating also includes a downstream chemical-physical reactor step. The model P-ETernity™ results from the idea of an entirely closed production process, which symbolizes both the brand name and the slogan “we close the loop”. In the spirit of “upcycling”, where a new product is created out of something old, PET waste and polyester residuals are converted into P-ETernityTM regranulates in a complex and innovative three-stage production process. They are then reused in fiber and filament yarn production and end up back in the consumption loop as uniforms, sportswear or furniture upholstery materials. Furthermore, the company has a long-established clean color concept that offers spin-dyed fibers with polyester, and multicomponent fibers with viscose, which aim to revolutionize the market as sustainable and ecological alternatives to yarns.
The developer and producer of polymers, polyester fibers and polyester yarns from recycled raw materials
The vision of this medium-sized, owner-operated company is to ensure that harmful substances and waste no longer end up in the environment. Carl Weiske has managed to optimize the upcycling of used wear2wear textiles so that it’s possible to create a permanent textile recycling loop. The recycled polyester contains fewer harmful substances and features a high level of quality and excellent physical performance. Carl Weiske is a reliable partner in the development and manufacture of polymers, fibers, yarns and textile systems. With an inventive spirit and a passion for innovation, Carl Weiske’s mission is to utilize physical and chemical correlations to the benefit of the textile industry as well.
The developer and producer of polymers, polyester fibers and polyester yarns from recycled raw materials
Carl Weiske is a medium-sized, owner-operated company and a reliable partner in the development and manufacture of polymers, fibers, yarns and textile systems. With an inventive spirit and a passion for innovation, Carl Weiske’s mission is to utilize physical and chemical correlations to the benefit of the textile industry as well. Carl Weiske therefore developed an innovative polyester polymer – GREENCYCLE – that serves as a base material for the wear2wear textile loop and which is made from used textile, production waste and recycled PET bottles. “Waste” is recycled in order to begin a new life cycle and improve resource efficiency. Quality and safety are of the utmost importance in this process. Carl Weiske checks for harmful substances and furthermore guarantees the traceability of the materials that are utilized.
Spinning the future
TWD Fibres GmbH is a manufacturer of filament yarns based in Deggendorf (Bavaria) and covers the entire range of filament yarns. With an average annual production capacity of 30.000 tons, TWD Fibres is Germany’s largest producer of polyester and polyamide 6.6 filament yarns. All production and finishing stages (spinning, texturizing, dyeing, twisting and coning) are a 100 percent made in Germany. The yarns are certified on a yearly basis in line with the Oeko-Tex 100 standard, product class 1. With the DIOLEN®ReCircle product, TWD offers fibers made from 100 percent recycled existing PET products. To produce its wide range of colorful yarns, TWD relies on spin dyeing, which saves up to 70 percent of the water resources.