When companies purchase new corporate wear for their employees, the question arises as to what should happen to the existing collection. Swisscom has decided to hand over its worn-out uniforms to TEXAID for environmentally sound recycling.
The international childrenswear brand Okaidi has joined forces with the Center of applied research and innovation (CETI) to develop its first collection of t-shirts made from recycled cotton. TEXAID has provided the used textiles for recycling.
As of September 2020, TEXAID, in cooperation with ETERNA, is offering in-store used textile collection in around 50 shops throughout Switzerland, Germany and Austria. ETERNA customers will be able to return their used clothes.
The confidential devaluation and recycling of used textiles from the corporate sector is now one of the services audited by the Swiss Association for Quality and Management Systems (SQS). The ISO 9001:2015 certified process ensures the prevention of improper use of the textiles in the recycling process.
The Blaues Kreuz hands over clothes that could not be sold in their second-hand shops to TEXAID for sensible recycling. In return, TEXAID pays the Blaues Kreuz financial compensation to support its projects.