Every year, about the same amount of textile disappears into waste and incineration as is produced simultaneously from new materials. Why don’t we take the clothing and textiles we no longer use and recycle them into raw materials to make new textiles, instead of incinerating them? With this objective, ReBlend and Ahrend collaborate to tackle this challenge.
Circular in the Chain
The goal is to build bridges between textile waste, designers and textile manufacturers so that movement to a circular world is supported and accelerated. Last spring, in collaboration with leading partners from the chain, they produced a first batch of 6000 yarn.
Started in 2013 as an initiative to investigate whether textile waste, which now disappears in low-value applications such as cleaning rags and filling material, can also be used for new yarns and textiles of high quality. In the Netherlands, 200 million kilos of textiles are lost every year to low-value applications. While at the same time the production of new textiles has enormous negative ecological impact. ReBlend keeps textiles in the chain and uses it as a raw material for high-quality textiles, for both fashion and interior. In August 2014, the first prototype was launched, the Ahrend 2020 office chair, upholstered with ReBlend fabric. Client reactions have been very positive; they expressed surprise that such an attractive fabric can be made from discarded material. The textile used for this is 100% recycled material, without the use of water or chemicals during production. Meanwhile, a wall panel has also been launched, covered with ReBlend.
The underlying reason behind the first initiative and the current development is the fact that there is an extreme imbalance between the short use of textiles and the lasting impact that the materials create. ReBlend wants to develop yarns and textiles in collaboration with designers, producers and fashion labels that provide the same comfort and quality using only recycled material. Ahrend’s aim is to have as many users of this material as possible and wants to widely share this innovation.
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.