Circular economy

Schijvens strives for a circular economy, where products are as much as possible – preferably 100% – reusable and where the impact to the environment and raw materials remains as limited as possible. The circular economy offers new possibilities and opportunities. Schijvens together with its co-innovation partners, is continuously seeking to improve and is actively working on improving the sustainability of corporate clothing collections as well as the production process. Collaboration is necessary to achieve this ambition.

Circular companies that are with and for each other.

The textile industry is known as the 2nd most polluting industry in the world. In the global world, the Netherlands has only a modest role, accounting for only 1% of the total global market. Worldwide production and consumption of textile fibers is expected to continue to grow by 3-4% per year. Textile fibers are taking up an increasing amount of raw material stocks and the production of textiles has a large environmental impact. The solution to the increasing demand for textiles and the flow of dyes and synthetic materials into the soil is the application of a circular model for closing the textile chain. Where possible, Schijvens tries to reduce the impact on the environment and leave a better footprint. We do this by making an informed choice in the use of raw materials and materials for its corporate clothing collections, such as the use of recycled plastic and recycled textile.

Schijvens now retrieves old clothing from its customers and uses it as a raw material for its circular yarn. In this yarn she processes 30% post-consumer textiles, 20% cutting waste and 50% recycled PET polyester from PET bottles, fishing nets and polyester clothing. As a result, this yarn falls into class A of the Made-By benchmark.

100% recycled clothing for Stayokay

The sustainably produced post-consumer corporate clothing for all Stayokay personnel is a current project that is being rolled out. Since the start of April 2017, personnel are wearing corporate clothing that consist of 50% ‘already worn textiles’ mixed with 50% recycled polyester. This collection is also a reflection of the sustainability policies of both parties: Schijvens and Stayokay. This collection is the first pilot in the ECAP project, an initiative of the European Union to undertake a circular shape in the textile sector.

After Stayokay many other projects of circular yarns followed.