SIMCO Spinning & Textiles was established in 2009 in Bangladesh with the mission to responsibly recycle the hundreds of tons of cotton fabric discarded daily as cutting waste. Our mechanical recycling process greatly reduces the amount of water, energy, chemicals, and carbon emissions by eliminating the dyeing process.
Our recycled yarns (branded as CYCLO in 2015) are used commercially across a variety of applications and garments. CYCLO recycled cotton is now one of the most sustainable raw materials used in textiles and apparels.
Working with the GFA to track and trace cutting scraps and leftovers, we are creating a truly transparent closed-loop recycling solution for our retail partners in their manufacturing regions.
Circular Fashion Partnership
In partnership with GFA, Reverse Resources, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association textile and garment manufacturers recyclers, and major fashion brands operating in Bangladesh, we intend to demonstrate a win-win business case throughout the fashion value cycle that can be utilised to accelerate the transition to a circular fashion industry.
Desserto® is a highly sustainable plant-based vegan-leather made from cactus, often distinguished by its soft texture. The level of break in the material is first-rate. Qualities like roundness and spring that you normally find in leather, are also found in Desserto®’s materials.
Desserto® adheres to the most rigorous quality and environmental standards, while still managing to deliver a wide variety of products that perform well. The company’s overarching goal is to provide the fashion industry with a sustainable and cruelty-free alternative to faux and animal leather – free of any toxic chemicals and with a significantly reduced environmental footprint.
As the world’s first cactus vegan-leather, Desserto® remains highly sustainable across its production value chain.
Desserto’s five Sustainable facts
1. The micro-flora and micro-fauna soil is enriched through native and typical organic cactus afforestation.
2. The water usage is reduced, as no irrigation is applied.
3. Environment is preserved, as no chemicals (such as herbicides or pesticides) are used.
4. Cactus is left unharmed to enable repeated harvesting from the same plant.
5. Energy is saved by drying the feedstock in a solarium.
DuPont Biomaterials brings innovation ideas and solutions to global partners through the development of high performance, renewable materials. Through its novel bio-based solutions for industries, ranging from packaging and food, to cosmetics and apparel, and even carpeting, DuPont Biomaterials provides sustainable choices to their customers navigating the challenges of greening their supply chains and offering high performance.
Sustainable materials innovation
DuPont Biomaterials is an extension of the company’s long heritage of leadership in sustainable materials innovation. DuPont Biomaterials brings world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace, guided by a focus on partnerships with forward thinkers to promote the new bioeconomy.
Procalçado S.A. was founded in 1973, and has since become a go-to resource for design, development and manufacturing of footwear and moulded footwear in the European market. The company operates the following brands: For Ever®, WOCK® and Lemon Jelly®.
The company’s strategy has focused on investing in product diversification, customer service and value creation — including heavy investment in advancing innovation.
Today, the company produces 6 million pairs of soles and moulded footward each year – with more than 400 employees.
We invest in environmental sustainability – including (i) sourcing energy from 100% renewable sources, such as photovoltaic power (utilising 920 panels that reduce CO2 emissions by 150 tons/year), (ii) operating selective separation of waste (up to 72% recovered), and (iii) employing a closed circuit water system to promote reuse. In addition, our reverse logistics system increases the life cycle of packaging by approximately 25%.
IndiDye® Natural Color Company provides an eco-friendly fibre-dyeing solution based entirely on natural dyes and auxiliaries. The dyeing technology combines high colour fastness with very low water consumption. IndiDye® is applicable to natural, cellulosic and synthetic fibres, and all our products are currently melange.
We manufacture our own dyes and dye fibre at our own facilities and provide melange yarns for knits woven through our manufacturing partners.
IndiDye® is certified following the Plant Dyes Standard, a rigorous certification process developed in cooperation with Control Union. The standard verifies all-natural content in our dyes and dyeing process. In addition, our dyes are GOTS approved and OekoTex 100 Class 1 certified.
100% natural alternative
IndiDye® Natural Color Company was founded with a vision to challenge the prevalence of harmful and wasteful conventional dyes with a natural, clean and good alternative. Since founding our company in 2010, we have conducted more than 85000 tests, resulting in 14 patents for natural dyes, auxiliaries and dyeing. Our pursuit of a natural alternative has culminated in IndiDye®, a dyeing solution that offers both brands and consumers the choice to replace conventional dyes with a 100% natural alternative.
Parley for the Oceans is a global network where creators, thinkers and leaders come together to raise awareness about the plight of our oceans’ future.
To address the fast-growing threat of marine plastic pollution, Parley devised a strategy called Parley AIR (Avoid. Intercept. Redesign) and created Ocean Plastic® – a range of premium materials made from intercepted and up-cycled marine plastic debris.
The use of Ocean Plastic® replaces virgin plastic, demonstrating the perks of eco-innovation, while at the same time raising awareness and funding for longer-term solutions. Parley’s ultimate goal is to end and replace plastic through a “Material Revolution”.
the Parley Global Cleanup Network
Every country faces a unique set of challenges in responding to ocean-related threats. Over the past few years, Parley has focused heavily on expanding our network and raising awareness. Partnering with NGOs, governments, private businesses, logistical partners, marine experts and educational institutions enables us to harness the strengths of each community and approach solutions from all angles. In addition to our cleanup efforts, plastic waste interception and recycling programs, the Parley Global Cleanup Network aims to be active in every country with a coastline by 2024, educating and empowering communities, especially youth, to participate in creating change.
RECYCTEX is a textile innovation company providing sustainable solutions for brands and designers. The company focuses on R&D and production of sustainable fabric created from plastic bottles, discarded clothes, ghost fishing nets and textile waste.
Since 2007, RECYCTEX founder Steven Chueng and his team have been studying and designing fabric using post-consumer recycled polyester material from China. RECYCTEX was the first company to create recycled nylon woven fabric from ghost fishing nets. And in 2018, we developed a process to create made-to-order recycled fabric with low minimum order quantities (as low as 200 mt per colour).
RECYCTEX works with more than 100 fashion brands across sportswear, fashion wear and accessories.
The Sea Island Project
With the Sea Island Project, RECYCTEX is working to build a plastic bottle recycling system near the East China Sea Islands, which suffer from plastic pollution and limited recycling activities. The project focuses mainly on recycling plastic bottles and fishing nets in order to make high quality recycled fibers and fabrics. In addition, this project collaborates with the local community to clean up beaches and reduce marine plastic.
RePack is a reusable and returnable packaging for webstores, particularly geared for fashion brands. RePacks are durable, lightweight, made from 100% recycled material and designed primarily for apparel.
By offering RePack to their clients, brands reduce their carbon footprint and the waste associated with e-commerce packaging, while making their customers feel better about their unpacking experience.
The bags are designed to flatten when empty to save space and reduce CO2 emissions by up to 80% compared to single-use packaging. RePack users simply return their packaging by folding it into letter size and dropping it into a postbox anywhere in the world, free of charge. Once returned, the bags are checked, cleaned, and redistributed back to the webstores.
Born in Finland, RePack is now used by 120+ brands in 15 countries. This reuse revolution already avoided 250,000+ single-use packages to be produced and thrown away. With regular mentions on social media and a 79 NPS score, RePack is proven to have a strong positive impact on customers’ shopping experience.
TEXAID is a Swiss based, international textile recycling company founded 1978 as a charity-private-partnership. As European market leader dedicated to sustainability, TEXAID is an experienced global solution provider in professional collecting, sorting, reselling and recycling of textiles and footwear.
With more than 40 years of experience, TEXAID processes more than 250M items (90.000 tons) annually. TEXAID’s operational presence spans Europe, the US and Asia, with more than 1,200 employees contributing daily to saving millions of textiles from landfill or incineration.
TEXAID’s Unit Retail Solutions is designed to address the textile industry’s growing needs for sustainable end-of-use solutions and provides custom-made concepts to producers, distributors, brands and retailers in the textile industry to keep pre- and post-consumer textiles and footwear in the circle.
Our end-of-life solutions concepts cover online and offline “take-back systems,” sorting of pre- and post- consumer textiles, online and offline reselling channels and scaled/ high value recycling. Moreover, we provide services like brand protection (delabeling, etc.) and branded or white label re-commerce platforms. Through our vast expertise we create and deliver individual concepts and optimized solutions.
TINTEX began its journey making high quality, natural based, responsible jersey fabrics, based on core expertise. By employing the latest and best sustainable high-tech dyeing and finishing processes, the company has successfully advanced its vision to supply the contemporary fashion, sport and lingerie markets with first-rate sustainable materials.
TINTEX is comprised of 120 skilled staff, who are up-trained regularly to deliver high quality jersey innovations. By reinforcing the company’s values and dedication to producing natural innovative products, TINTEX continues to successfully advance its work.
Our mission is to team up for a better future by offering smart textile solutions that are 100% transparent and promote responsible business and manufacturing processes.
UPW is the largest woolen spinner in the world, specialising in design-led, sustainable yarns. UPW’s ECO Preferred Fibres include RWS certified wool, GCS certified cashmere, GRS certified recycled PET, OCS and GOTS certified organic cotton. Our entire collection is available at UPW’s StockStore® with no minimums, making luxurious and sustainable yarns accessible to both small and large brands alike.
Design has always been integral to UPW’s ethos. The launch of our U-LAB collaborative aims to transform the design and sampling process. U-LAB embraces digital innovation, and through our partnership with Shima Seiki, we digitalise all yarns – with 3000 plus colours. We make it possible for designers to create realistic virtual 3D simulations and custom lab dips with tailored colour twists to meet your needs.
UPW yarn collections include woolen-spun, semi-worsted, and fancy twisted yarns that are dyed and spun in our facilities. Our mills are certified by OEKO-TEX Standard 100 and operate according to the highest industry standards, which include clean dyeing processes, high powered water filtration systems, and green energy solutions that lower emissions and energy consumption. UPW continues to search for innovative technologies and materials that enable us to be a clean manufacturer, early adopter, and industry leader in sustainable spinning.
YKK was founded in Japan in 1934 and now operating in 71 countries around the world, YKK develops and produces a range of fastening solutions, including zippers, snaps and buttons, plastic products, hook-and-loop fasteners and webbings. As one of the world’s leading manufacturers of fastening products, YKK cares deeply about our environmental footprint. Since the introduction in 1994 of our first zipper made from recycled material, we have focused on creating sustainable products that minimise their impact on the environment. With commitments to important industry initiatives, such as the UN Fashion Charter and the Science-based Targets for CO2 emissions reduction, YKK is dedicated to creating products beneficial to people and the planet.
Zippers in harmony
YKK is committed to creating products in “harmony with the environment.” YKK’s sustainable product range includes: Natulon® zippers made from recycled PET, GreenRise® biobased zippers, Natulon® Ocean Sourced™ zippers made from ocean bound plastic, organic cotton and lyocell zippers, snaps and buttons, made using the Acroplating™ non-toxic finishing processes.