Every year, the workwear industry in the Netherlands uses many millions of meters of fabric. In Europe as a whole, this amounts to between 400 and 500 million meters a year – an enormous potential for a circular solution.
Workwear, for example in the health-care or cleaning sector, usually only lasts about 18 months. Recycling is not possible because the material consists of polyester and cotton, which cannot be separated. DutchSpirit saw a challenge and teamed up with Schoeller Textiles to develop a new kind of recyclable fabric specifically for workwear. Their collaboration produced a new fabric that consists exclusively of 100% recyclable polyester. In order to guarantee complete recycling, they formed a closed loop of collaborating European companies called Wear2wear. The fabric is available to all suppliers and manufacturers. DutchSpirit is now able to fully dress a company’s workforce, from polo shirts to overalls, from softshell vest to rainwear, and all of it 100% circular.
The Best Practices
Holland Circular Hotspot (HCH) wants to support international cooperation on the circular economy, with the aim of creating business opportunities and promoting the exchange of knowledge and innovation. In the magazine Circular Is Going Global - Join Holland's Flow you can read which circular best practices the Netherlands has to offer.