Research

Global clothing production causes a lot of environmental pollution. The clothing industry requires ever-increasing amounts of power, water and mineral oil in order to make textile fibers. Closed production cycles are becoming increasingly important in order to conserve scarce resources and ensure fair development opportunities for future generations.

TEXAID makes a valuable contribution to this by collecting, sorting and returning to the recycling loop discarded textiles professionally and in an ecologically sound way. The re-use and recycling of used textiles reduces environmental damage and helps to conserve natural resources.

CO2 reduction
As a sustainable and future-orientated company, TEXAID works continuously to optimize its work processes and methods. Since 2013, TEXAID has succeeded in reducing its CO2 emissions by 22 per cent per tonne of used clothes collected. To achieve this we are in constant contact with scientific institutions and are currently making targeted investments in both internal and external projects.

Closed-loop recycling
The efficient use of our planet's resources is a matter of principle for TEXAID. Many research institutes forecast a scarcity of textile raw materials from 2025 – this will make high-quality recycling and up-cycling of used textiles increasingly important. For this reason, TEXAID supports research in the field of reclaiming and recycling used textiles with the aim of closing the cycle.

Alternative textile raw materials such as cellulose, viscose and stem fibers are outstandingly well suited as sustainable materials and are experiencing a marked increase in volume throughout the world. The conversion of cotton into cellulose and viscose is therefore an important research aim. Pilot experiments have already been successfully completed.

Creating raw materials for new uses from used textiles: That's our goal.