Five European companies, representing each phase of the recycling process, have joined the Wear2Wear initiative to develop innovative production systems aimed at transforming secondhand clothes into new textile fibers and functional fabrics. The newborn European industrial partnership Wear2Wear will launch 100% recycled, recyclable and PFC-free functional fabrics.
Partners involved are Heinrich Glaeser Nachfolger, German fiber and yarn producer responsible for recycling fibers for this process; Märkische Faser, also German, fiber manufacturer and upcycler; forward-minded Swiss company Schoeller Textil, who produces sustainable and highly comfortable high-tech fabrics; Sympatex, manufacturer of recycled outer materials and linings; and Technologies, another German company, who produces climate-neutral and 100 percent recyclable PTFE and PFC-free membranes. DutchSpirit is a Dutch company dedicated to environmentally-friendly clothing since 2010. This last company started establishing the Wear2Wear partnership with the aim to further increase awareness for sustainable clothing and introduce the circular economy business models to the formal apparel and workwear segments.
All Wear2Wear partners guarantee that all the fabrics they produce are 100 percent recyclable and that all functional materials are made of recycled textile fibers. Further, water- and dirt-repelling technologies based on renewable raw materials, along with the most advanced membrane technology, will also ensure that the textiles are developed and manufactured entirely without the use of PFC in the future.
As part of the Wear2Wear project, Schoeller Textil offers their Inspire fabrics, high-quality protective workwear fabrics made of 100 percent polyester, with top comfort and a cotton-feel touch. Inspire textiles are very durable, which further helps preserve resources. In addition, their production requires significantly less water and energy.