Design2Recycle – At the 2019 AplusA, Sympatex is presenting a highly-functional workwear jacket that meets all demands for ecological and economical reuse in a single product
Dusseldorf / Munich, October 29, 2019 – Representing the wear2wearTM European industry partnership, which was formed by five expert partners in 2017 with the goal of working together to close the textile loop, Sympatex is presenting at the 2019 AplusA in Dusseldorf (November 5-8, hall 11, exhibit booth B26) an innovative and sustainable, fully waterproof and highly-breathable functional jacket. The product, which is made from the Inspire functional fabric, was developed by the Munich pioneer’s Design2Recycle team of sustainable functional textile experts, in collaboration with Swiss wear2wearTM cofounder Schoeller Textil. Inspire is a 100 percent polyester, high-quality workwear fabric that features a non-PTFE, non-PFC and climate-neutral Sympatex membrane with optimal breathability to ensure a high degree of climate and wearing comfort. The Design2Recycle team designed the functional jacket so that it combines the best worlds of ecological and economical reuse in a single product, all without the need for time-consuming and costly separation processes. Apart from the Sympatex membrane, high value was also placed on fully reusable polyester in the selection of the materials for the jacket components (i.e. cord, zippers, Velcro fasteners) in order to manufacture a recycled, unmixed polyester product that in turn can be easily fed back into the upcycling process at the end of its life cycle.
The Sympatex commitment: 100 percent circular by 2030
With the creation of the wear2wear industry partnership, Sympatex is pushing its explicit goal and corporate strategy of offering 100 percent contaminant-free, recycled functional textiles, which in turn can be reused, by the year 2020. After establishing the corresponding commitment at the beginning of 2017, Sympatex raised the bar for its sustainability goals even higher in May 2019. By next year, the functional specialist will begin offering closed loop laminates made out of used textile materials in all of its business areas. The goal within five years is for at least half of the raw materials required for its functional laminates to originate from a closed textile loop, and be reusable again. Longer term, Sympatex is committed to being fully reliant on a closed loop by 2030. This will be made possible through the development of joint efforts and industry partnerships such as wear2wear, as well as by investing in new technologies such the British startup Worn Again Technologies.
“With wear2wear, our vision is to manufacture high-quality textile products made completely from used textiles. Thanks to the consortium, we are coming one step closer to this goal each day. Each partner makes its own individual contribution to the textile loop, from the collection of old textiles, to the production of new ones. After all, only by bundling our technology know-how and our innovative services and expertise, will we be in a position to fully close the polyester loop for textiles in the near future,” explains Dr. Rüdiger Fox, CEO at Sympatex Technologies GmbH. “Given that 50 percent of the textiles from our entire industry are made from polyester, we obviously need to place our focus on this material for our journey to circular manufacturing. This is a vision that can already be turned into reality in concert with all wear2wear partners,” adds Fox.
A detailed introduction to all of the founding members of wear2wear, plus industry and technology partners that have subsequently joined, can be found on the recently-launched Internet platform www.wear2wear.org. wear2wear™ is continuously looking for additional creative and sustainable solutions. Any company interested in the vision of rapidly closing the textile loop is encouraged to contact the wear2wear consortium via the platform.
Guaranteed Green – The Sympatex climate-neutral and recyclable membrane
As one of the worldwide leading producers, Sympatex® Technologies has been a synonym for high-tech functional materials in clothing, footwear, accessories and technical fields of application since 1986. Together with selected partners, Sympatex develops, produces and distributes membranes, laminates and functional textiles as well as finished products worldwide. The Sympatex membrane is highly breathable, 100% wind- and waterproof and regulates the climate. It is 100% recyclable, climate-neutral, bluesign® certified, and it received the ‘Oeko-Tex-Standard 100’ certificate. It is also PTFE-free and PFC-free. The technologies and procedures are based on the principles of ecological responsibility and sustainability with a special focus on the optimal carbon footprint. Sympatex is represented worldwide with sales offices and branches. www.sympatex.com
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