We think and act in terms of the circular economy. For us, this means only using renewable, recycled and/or biodegradable raw materials when developing products. Not only the individual raw materials have to meet these criteria. The complete product - from design to recycling - is rethought and designed for the circular economy. Our goal is minimal waste with maximum useful life of the raw materials.
"Circular economy means much more than reducing waste and increasing recycling. It describes a new approach to the design and development of products and, more generally, a new way of thinking about our economic activity."
Think in cycles
The circular economy stands for a closed system that minimizes resource input, waste generation, pollution and CO emissions. “Waste” is meant to be re-circulated and used as “nutrient” or “input” for another process: either as a by-product, a recovered resource for another process, or as a regenerative resource for nature (e.g. compost).more details
What is the problem?
For decades, clothing has been optimized so that it can be manufactured as efficiently as possible. As a result, the recycling of clothing was neglected and today's clothing consists of a colorful mix of materials. If products are made of different materials, they first have to be laboriously separated from one another during recycling. This complicates the recycling process and makes it hardly worthwhile. With the result that only about 1% of all clothing is recycled into new clothing!
Technical & biological
In the circular economy, a distinction is made between the biological and the technical cycle. In the biological cycle , food and biologically based materials (e.g. natural fibers) are designed to be returned to the system through biodegradation. These cycles regenerate living systems like soil, which in turn provide renewable resources for the economy. Technical cycles serve to recover and restore products, components and materials through reuse, repair, refurbishment or recycling.Biodegradable clothing
Recycling is one of the biggest challenges for textiles. Currently, only 1% of all garments are recycled into new clothing. 1%!!
What are we doing for it?
From the selection of the raw material, the product design, the processing to the end of life of a product - everything is considered. The following principles are central to us:
- Renewable and environmentally friendly raw materials, which are faster and non-toxic biodegradable.
- Pure materials (mono-material) and meaningfully separable material combinations. Unnecessary material mixes and impurities are avoided to ensure recyclability.
The innovation of simplicity
Whenever possible and functionally sensible, we rely on a mono-material concept: all components – from fabrics to details such as sewing thread or laundry labels – are made from one and the same raw material. This makes us pioneers in certain segments. If a mono-material construction doesn't make sense, we combine materials that are as easy to recycle as possible and in any case are as biodegradable as possible.
If one of our products ever ends up in nature for any reason, it should affect the flora and fauna as little as possible. That is why we make sure that all raw materials can be decomposed as quickly as possible and with the least possible impact on the environment.
Biodegradable ≠ Compostable
Even if we often talk about biodegradability, clothing does not belong in nature. In addition, there is a significant difference to the often equated compostability. Our clothes don't just decompose if you bury them in the garden. But they leave no harmful substances behind in nature if they are allowed to decompose under the right conditions. This is the minimum criterion that we set for all our products.Learn more
Would you like to learn more about the circular economy and our approach? Then have a look at our blog or contact us directly.