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wear2wear---Closing the textile loop: European industrial partnership for 100 percent recycled, recyclable and PFC-free functional fabrics (7/25/17)
wear2wear is an innovative industrial partnership dedicated to high-quality, as well as sustainable
clothing. Five European companies, representing each phase of the recycling process, have joined
together to develop cutting-edge production systems that will turn textile fibres from used clothing
into new functional fabrics.
The sustainable wear2wear concept is synonymous with high-quality, responsible clothing. In
Europe, textile fibres from used garments will be used to produce new functional fabrics. Depending
on the area of intended use, they also meet strict waterproofing, breathability, protection and
comfort requirements. To ensure that the raw material cycle comes full circle, these textiles can be
recycled again when they reach the end of their service life. As a result, there is no waste, and they
go on to be used in the production of additional garments. All wear2wear partner companies
guarantee that – from the quality of the raw materials to the guaranteed recycling end process–
these are 100 percent recyclable, functional fabrics made of recycled textile fibres. Water- and dirt-
repelling technologies based on renewable raw materials, along with the most advanced membrane
technology, will ensure that the textiles are developed and manufactured entirely without the use of
PFC in the future too.
Five partner companies
The five European partner companies in the wear2wear cooperation cover the entire recycling ircle.
Heinrich Glaeser Nachfolger GmbH is a German fibre and yarn producer and the “recycler” in the
loop. Märkische Faser GmbH (D) is the “upcycler” and fibre manufacturer. The innovative Swiss
company Schoeller Textil AG is responsible for production and manufactures sustainable, high-tech
fabrics with maximum clothing comfort. The matching climate-neutral and similarly 100 percent
recyclable, PTFE and PFC free membrane as well as recycled outer materials and linings are supplied
by Sympatex Technologies (D), the ecological alternative among the textile function specialists.
DutchSpirit is a Dutch company which has been dedicated to environment-friendly clothing since
2010. In addition to producing recyclable workwear, DutchSpirit is working on a technology to reuse
textiles which, up until now, have not been suitable for recycling.
Inspire fabric from Schoeller Textil with Sympatex membrane
At Schoeller Textil, the recyclable, functional fabrics from the wear2wear concept belong to the
Inspire fabric group. These are high-quality protective workwear fabrics made of 100 percent
polyester, which offers the greatest clothing comfort and feels just like cotton. Conforming to the
stringent requirements of the bluesign® system, the range extends from antibacterial knitted shirt
qualities with outstanding moisture management to more sturdy pant materials with 3XDRY® bio-
feelgood technology and very light windproof and waterproof 3-layer laminates, which ensure a
high level of climate comfort thanks to the superbly-breathable Sympatex membrane. The
“guaranteed green” Sympatex membrane is 100 percent recyclable, PTFE-free and PFC-free and
climate neutral. It is absolutely environment and skin-friendly and certified in accordance with the
strict environment standards Oeko-tex 100 and bluesign®. The water- and dirt-repelling properties
are achieved exclusively through the use of the ecorepel® Bio und 3XDRY® Bio technologies, both
based on renewable raw materials.
In addition to classic colours such as yellow, blue or grey shades, Inspire fabrics are also available in
EN ISO 20471-certified high-visibility colours and/or certified according to EN 343 for protection
against rain. Due to the exclusive use of polyester fibres, Inspire textiles are very durable, which
further helps preserve resources. In addition, their production requires significantly less water and
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