The challenge for the future…

The fashion industry has a great negative impact on the environment due to the amount of water, energy and agricultural land involved.

There are currently approx. 75 billion KG of new textile fibre produced annually, and this amount increases each year. In order to save resources, we need to convert from a linear to a circular fashion economy.

 

A new way of thinking

By reusing and recycling textiles, the fashion industry can reduce its negative environmental impact. Until today, a large quantity of textiles still ends up among other refuse. Just 30 to 50% of textiles is collected separately in most European countries. The rest is incinerated or goes to landfill.

These figures were a compelling reason for SWOP to seek a solution to this problem. We came up with a solution to make collecting textiles attractive to consumers. In this solution, costumers bring back their textiles to the store to give them a second chance. As a reward, customers receives a discount voucher.

 

What happens to the collected textiles?

The first step in all recycling activities is the collection of used products. As a retailer, you offer your customer the opportunity to hand in clothing and shoes.

After collection in your store SWOP takes over further process and organizes the transport to sorting facilities of Boer Group. All seven sorting facilities of the company group are certified (DIN or TÜV certificate) and guarantee a high-quality sorting and recycling of textiles.

Textile sorting is handwork. Trained employees evaluate each single item if it´s suitable for reuse or recycling. The type, condition, but also fashion and taste, is the most important for further handling. More than 55% of the textiles are suitable for reuse and are sold as second-hand clothing worldwide. The most environmentally friendly solution is to wear textiles as long as possible. If there is no reuse possible it is recycled in recycling facilities, depending on their characteristic. Approx. 15% are cut into cleaning rags, about 20% of the textiles are torn into fibers and used i.e. as insulating material or filler. Only a small remaining portion, which cannot be recycled, is energy recovered. Thus, we guarantee a close on 100% recycling quota.

Boer Group

Boer Group is partner for the transport and processing of the collected textiles. As an international textile recycling organization Boer Group is located with collection and sorting companies throughout Europe.

Key figures

The fashion industry is known for some less positive facts. The following facts and figures give us every dasy new inspiration to work on a new sustainable economy.