A world without textiles is hard to imagine.
Everyone wears clothes, uses a tea towel for washing dishes and sits on the fabric upholstery of a couch or chair. Textiles are an important part of our identity. On average people in western countries use 14 kg of textile per year and after use it is thrown away as waste. In the Netherlands alone, this annual mountain of waste weighs 240 kilotons, the weight of 40,000 elephants. A huge amount of this waste is cotton, a beautiful organic high-quality product, but also a product that causes a great deal of environmental damage and, in particular, depletes freshwater supplies in large parts of the world.
Half of all the post consumer textiles are landfilled or incinerated. The rest is collected. An increasingly smaller proportion of the collected textiles are sold as second hand clothing, a part is used for low-value applications such as insulation material, the other part disappears into the environment through landfills and incineration.de handskleding verkocht, een deel wordt gebruikt voor laagwaardige toepassingen zoals isolatiemateriaal; de rest verdwijnt alsnog via vuilnisstortplaatsen in het milieu.
WHAT IF WE TURN THIS PROCESS?
Our vision is that the production of cotton and the resulting environmental damage can be greatly reduced by reusing cotton waste as the main raw material for new textile yarns and fabrics. ReBlend was founded to initiated to new applications to the reusable portion of textile waste (65%) to limit the global environmental damage caused year after year by clothing and textiles used in Europe. In 2014, the ReBlend team, together with a number of chain partners, started testing a high-quality recycling option for textile waste. This has led to the development of ReBlend yarns and fabrics, and about twenty co-creation projects in the textile chain, in which ReBlend yarns and fabrics are the basis for new clothing and interior textile applications. Meanwhile we can rightfully say that ReBlend is a proven concept and we are working on our ambition to help develop the circular textile market.
Welcome to ReBlend!