Sustainable solutions for the
textile & clothing industry
Closing the Loop is a project of ArtEZ CoE Future Makers. Aim of the project is the creation and demonstration of a regional (East Netherlands) textile and clothing chain, starting at locally produced fibers till the end-product. In the project locally grown hemp and locally produced recycled fibers are combined. In the project the focus is on the production of yarns and knitwear and products thereof.
Partners in the project: ArtEZ CoE, StexFibers, Texperium, Saxion, Alcon Advies, Moyzo.
Going Eco, Going Dutch is a project of ArtEZ CoE Future Makers and Saxion University of Applied Sciences. Aim of the project is the creation and demonstration textile and clothing chain in the Eastern part of The Netherlands. Besides technological aspects there will be a lot of attention for the marketing and branding of local products. In the project a combination of recycled and virgin fibers is used for the production of yarns, woven fabrics, knitwear and products thereof. The first presentation of interim results was June 29, 2016 at the year event of the CoE Future Makers.
Partners in the project: ArtEZ CoE, Saxion Smart Functional Materials, Alcon Advies, Moyzo, StexFibers, Texperium, Collectie Meh, Van den Acker Textielfabriek, Enschede Textielstad, De Reuver, Tous les Cheris, Maison The Faux, Beddinghouse and i-did slow fashion.
Alcon Advies and BMA-Techné produce TexAlert since 2009. TexAlert is an informative magazine on innovations in the textile and clothing industry. In order of the Stichting Reservefonds Textielresearch this magazine highlights national and international developments in textile materials and processes four times a year. In short articles (only in Dutch) a summary of the selected developments are described and links to relevant sources are given.
A bottleneck in the reduction of the environmental impact by the textile and clothing industry is the availability of materials based on recycled textiles. In order of MODINT, Alcon Advies and Martin Havik have made an inventory of European spinning companies using recycled fibers in their production of yarns. Distinction is made between recycled materials originating from industrial production processes and materials produced from discarded consumer products. Spinning yarns from industrial waste is quite common in Europe. However, the number of spinning companies using post-consumer textile waste is very limited. The research revealed that a number of companies not explicitly mention the source of their fibers. This implies that some spinning companies are selling yarns with recycled content without mentioning this to their customers. The report is available for member companies of MODINT and for the members of the working group “Circular Economy”. A copy can be requested at email@example.com
RECURF (Re-using circular urban fibers and bio-based plastics in urban products) is a project of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and Saxion Smart Functional Materials. The project aim is the development of composite products based on textile waste materials, originating from the Amsterdam region, combined with bio-based resins. Alcon Advies assists the consortium with respects to sustainability issues and guides students of Saxion by the design of their experiments and the interpretation of the research results.
Project consortium: Amsterdam UAS, Saxion SFM, Sympany, Synbra, Rodenburg Natural Plastics, Havivank, EKON, NPSP, Omefa, Greijn, HB 3D, Fiction Factory, Biofutura, Plantics, Transmare, Spijkerbrij, TU Delft, Avans UAS, MODINT and DPI Value Center.
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In order of MODINT, Alcon Advies and CE Delft have developed a tool by which the environmental impact of textile materials, processes and products can be calculated over their complete life cycle or specific parts of this life cycle. The first version of the tool was created in 2010. Since then, a number of updates and extensions have been issued. The tool is an excel-based database with environmental data of materials and processes. If needed, the user of the tool can use own data instead of the standard data to customize the tool to a specific situation or scenario. The tool is in use at a number of companies in order to get more insight in their processes and products.