With partnerships along the entire textile value chain, TEXAID is an active supporter of the circular economy. The Group employs project coordinators for research and recycling, quality, environmental and risk management as well as for various social commitment projects with associations.
TEXAID is a founding member of the professional association Swiss Recycling. Members undertake to implement the standards defined in its charter. These include transparency in material and financial flows, optimised returns and sustainable development.
TEXAID is a member of the BIR, a global recycling association that represents around 800 companies and 35 affiliated national recycling associations from 70 different countries.
Bureau of International Recycling
TEXAID has been a member of Amfori, the leading international trade association for sustainable supply chains, since 2017. Through its Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) and Business Environmental Performance Initiative (BEPI), Amfori seeks to help its affiliated companies raise social standards and improve the environmental impact of supply chains.
As a cooperative enterprise, Circle Economy promotes the transition to a recycling economy through the development of scalable solutions and awareness of the cycle concept. The Circle Textile Programme develops system innovations necessary for the transition to a cycle system. Together with an ecosystem of brands, collectors, sorters and recyclers, it produces the crucial data, tools and pilot projects that form the foundation for a circular textile economy.
The Make Fashion Circular Initiative is an initiative by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Launched at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit in May 2017, the programme brings together leading figures from the fashion industry. These include brands, municipal authorities, philanthropists, NGOs and innovators who want to work together to create a new textile economy in line with the principles of the circle economy.
Make Fashion Circular (Ellen MacArthur Foundation)
TEXAID is a member of Textile Exchange, a global non-profit organisation that works with its members towards sustainable change, in particular in the use of fibres and responsible supply chains.
Since March 2017, TEXAID has been involved in the Swedish research programme Mistra Future Fashion. TEXAID wants to contribute the expertise it has built up in the environmentally friendly collection, sorting and use of textiles and assist in the further development of textile recycling methods.
Mistra Future Fashion was founded in 2011 by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research and is a cross-disciplinary research programme that envisages achieving a closed loop in the fashion and textile industry, while also seeking to promote sustainable consumption. The programme is divided into four areas: design, supply chain, users and recycling. Over 50 research and industry partners, including TEXAID, now participate in the research programme.
Mistra Future Fashion
TEXAID is a key partner of the World Apparel and Footwear Lifecycle Assessment Database (WALDB) for clothing and shoes in order to facilitate the collection of data for building sustainable processes and structures in the fashion industry. WALDB is a global initiative founded by Quantis, a leading provider of sustainability and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) expertise.
The Future of Textiles Association (GftZ) has been endeavouring to ensure the sustainable use of textiles and the associated high-quality collection, sorting and recycling of used textiles since it was founded in 2014. The main aim of this interest group is to develop and establish guidelines for the sustainable handling and high-quality use of used textiles. TEXAID has been a partner of GftZ since 2015.
Future of Textiles Association
The Federal Association for Secondary Raw Material and Waste Disposal (bvse) is a group of German companies active in the collection, processing, marketing, re-use, recycling and environmentally sound disposal of waste. It advocates the maintenance of functional material cycles, high-quality recycling, the creation and safeguarding of open markets, the processing and marketing of secondary raw materials, the establishment of a high standard of quality and qualification in the waste disposal sector, uniform enforcement of laws and the harmonisation of international environmental standards.
German Federal Association for Secondary Raw Material and Waste Disposal
TEXAID participates in the transfer of expertise between science and industry as part of the Allianz Faserbasierte Werkstoffe Baden-Württemberg (AFBW) e.V., a cross-industry network. The focus is on technology and fields of application, from the fibre to the finished product.
Allianz Faserbasierte Werkstoffe Baden-Württemberg
TEXAID is a member of Südwesttextil. This association represents the interests of textile manufacturers and employees in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg. Südwesttextil advises its members, conducts political and business networking, actively supports textile research and promotes social and sustainability standards.
In cooperation with the Pusch Foundation and its counterpart in French-speaking Switzerland (Cosedec), TEXAID raises awareness among children and young people about textile recycling and clothing consumption.
Pusch has developed teaching materials which are made available to Swiss schools free of charge.
In the newly created collection by Rafael Kouto, a fashion designer from Ticino, the focus is on recycling, upcycling, sustainable design and environmentally responsible production in the fashion industry. TEXAID has provided him with individual old textiles for the project.
Rafael Kouto has Italian and Togolese roots that characterise his designs. The influences of both his Italian and his Togolese origins can be seen in his collections. In 2014 he completed a degree in fashion studies in Basel before going on to obtain a Master’s degree from the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam in the summer of 2017. He entitled his final Master’s degree project “All the nothing that will remain”. His aim was to draw attention to the mass production of clothing and the rapid consumption and disposal of garments. In his collection, Rafael Kouto tackles the creative upcycling of old textiles and other discarded items, transforming them into unique new creations featuring African and western elements. He combines upcycling with haute couture, incorporating print, embroidery and weaving techniques. At the 13th edition of “Mode Suisse” in Zurich, he was given the opportunity to present his collection to the fashion world.
Kouto’s objective is to continue to develop creative upcycling techniques using old textiles and other waste materials, and to commence production on a larger scale. In doing so, Kouto gives selected items of old clothing new value, whilst making a statement in favour of a more sustainable production system for textiles.
The “Future lab: Sustainable textiles and clothing Switzerland” was set up by the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) with the support of Swiss Textiles and the Amfori Network Switzerland, and seeks to promote exchange and efforts to develop a future-proof and sustainable textile value chain in Switzerland. The aim of the Future Lab is to launch a broad-based “Swiss sustainable textiles” initiative that promotes dialogue in Switzerland on the subject of sustainability within the entire textile value chain.
TEXAID is involved in the working groups “Basis & knowledge for decision-making” and “Technology & innovation” formed within the framework of the initiative.
FOEN (Future lab)
The Social Fabric Association has been offering open sewing courses for refugees in Zurich since 2015. TEXAID provides the organisation with used jeans so that it can carry out various projects. The aim of Social Fabric is to show course participants how to make their own clothing and accessories. The jeans made available to the organisation by TEXAID are made into various upcycling products such as toilet bags, rucksacks or other types of bag.