The EU directive on waste is changing legislation for waste management and encourages a route towards a circular economy. From July ’23, the Danish municipalities need to separately collect textile waste, followed in 2025 by the rest of the EU. In 2022 several pilot projects take shape to help clear the way, of which Textile Symbiosis Herning is one.
A circular economy aims to elongate the lifecycle of products. Traditional textile production has a significant impact on the environment, and any effort to increase the material’s lifetime will impact the environment beneficially. In contrast to the ‘take-make-waste’ linear model, a circular economy is regenerative by design and aims to decouple growth from the consumption of finite resources gradually.
Businesses working in textiles can adapt the idea behind circular economies and use them to rethink their business methods. In addition, the development of new technologies, networking, and innovation leads to the effective recycling of textiles and textile fibres.
Enter Textile Symbiosis Herning
Textile Symbiosis Herning is a 2-year project backed by the European regional development fund (ERDF) and the Danish Board of Business Development. Its goal is to be ready with solutions and legislation to create an efficient way of separately collecting textile waste on a national scale, starting in 2023. (Read more in an earlier LinkedIn post on the EU directive on waste).
At a New Year’s reception, Textile Symbiosis Herning and other members of SMV— a Danish trade organisation for small and medium-sized companies within industry, construction, and service— met with innovators and larger businesses.
We loved experiencing these initiated partnerships up close, extending throughout the entire current framework of the textile industries, and already devising new angles and solutions that help achieve our common goals: to recycle used textiles.
WHITEWEAR is part of Textile Symbiosis Herning
At WHITEWEAR, we feel that this project seamlessly fits our ambitions within increasing sustainability in the textile industry. Therefore, we are proud to be part of Textile Symbiosis Herning.
We’re already working on identifying possible areas and opportunities to incorporate reused textiles into our supply chain, and we look forward to testing and creating circular business models!
The gross majority of our textiles are white or unbleached. This allows us to study how we may recycle uni-coloured textile waste and determine the demand for such fabrics in today’s textile industry. Fortunately, WHITEWEAR’s textiles are primarily made from cotton and cotton-polyester, making them reasonably uncomplex materials.
We are bursting with ideas of recycling possibilities for our white textiles. So, now we need to use our network and seek the right technologies to turn these ideas into concrete initiatives.
We want to support our customers
At WHITEWEAR, we aim to work towards an even more sustainable trade continuously. We want to strengthen our business by becoming a better partner and sounding board for our customers. We know that they need to build knowledge about their handling of textile waste, especially in light of the 2023 waste collection changes. Therefore, we hope that we, via Textile Symbioses, can achieve even closer cooperation with our customers.
Contact us if you have questions about us, our products, or our participation in Textile Symbiosis.