Textile company Dutch Awearness has created the first circular textile chain with 100% recyclable fabric for workwear. Moreover, it offers circular solutions for used textiles and plastics. Fashion designer Rien Otto worked on sustainable textile previously. Through the European Commission’s Eco-Innovation scheme, he had the opportunity to implement his idea on a large scale. This resulted in the founding of EcoProFabrics and the launch of Dutch Awearness.
The DA Inside Workwear of Dutch Awearness focusses on circular design. The company developed their Infinity material which can be recycled 8 times in a closed loop. Additionally, the company created a track-and-trace system to map the course of the raw materials and to guarantee the origin of the materials. This system can also be applied to other types of chains. Dutch Awearness concentrates on a circular approach on all fronts, not just the production side, but also as a business model. This model incorporates the use of lease contracts on workwear.
Clothing that is not made from Infinity material, can also be collected by the partners of Dutch Awearness. This clothing is processed into ’Cliff’, a composite of used textile and plastic. Cliff is used to make furniture, among other things, an is also 100% recyclable. The Cliff products are sold by resellers who are affiliated with Dutch Awearness.
‘Finding the right partners who want to work in a circular way, is the biggest challenge’, says Rien Otto of Dutch Awearness. ‘Good communication and transparency are often at the heart of a well-functioning circular chain. We are working on work processes rather than products.
Through pilot projects, Dutch Awearness researched which types of textiles are necessary to serve the workwear market – from uniforms to protective clothing. Dutch Awearness and its partners have now developed a full-service model: in addition to clothing, they also collect other personal protection items and plastics, so that the material can be reused in other high-quality products.