CircTex - Innovation towards a circular future for NWE textiles

Project Summary

The NWE textiles industry yearly uses 17 mio tonnes non-renewable input materials, making it one of the most polluting industries. As a response NWE policies focus on the transition to a circular economy in textiles. But, insufficient developed technologies make this impossible.

CircTex focuses on the development of recycling and production technologies in a closed-loop process chain for PET workwear, decreasing non-renewable input materials and the ecological impact in NWE textiles.

Workwear is the ideal starting point for industry-wide innovation, this sector has a high need of input materials as reuse is not allowed. Thus, many public tenders ask for circular production Also, higher quality demands are set for workwear, and the use phase severely decreases recyclability. The following techn. and processes for circular PET workwear will be developed to TRL 7:

  • Mechanical and chemical recycling;
  • Spinning and weaving;
  • No-waste production;
  • Wear2 yarn and industrial microwave for assembly and disassembly;
  • Recyclable laminates, logo’s and accessories;
  • Collection and sorting systems;

These will be tested and developed in a closed loop process chain, in which also the effects of usage on recyclability are taken into account. Results of CircTex are actively communicated in the NWE textiles industry to increase knowledge and the amount of SME’s and enterprises that actively work towards circularity in textiles.

To ensure long-term effect, CircTex will set up an innovation network, actively involving stakeholders in the whole NWE. Also, an international standard for circular textiles will be initiated to stimulate further development of the circular process chain for other textiles and textile products.

CircTex will stimulate growth of the NWE textiles industry, creating numerous jobs in the future. As the textiles industry is transnational, territorial cooperation in NWE is crucial for significant impact.


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Project Partners

Lead partner

Organisation Address Email Website
MODINT, Ondernemersorganisatie voor mode, interieur, tapijt en textiel 100 Arnhemse Bovenweg
Name Contact Name Email Country
Groenendijk Bedrijfskleding BV Marien Groenendijk Netherlands
Wear2Go John Beelen Netherlands
Texowear BV Marco Leemhuis Netherlands
Centexbel Stijn Devaere Belgium
C-Tech Innovation Limited Robert Bell United Kingdom
J&A (International) Ltd Adrian Apletree United Kingdom
Global Technical Fabrics, S.L Francesc Rabasseda Bruguera
Association UP-tex Pôle de compétitivité Jeanne MEILLIER France


WEAR2GO newsletter February 2021

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Circtex Partner WEAR2GO presents its "Wear2® Ecostitching Technology" Sustainability and circularity are increasingly finding their way into the textile industry. With pioneering and specialized partners, Wear2Go is now almost at the start of implementing the groundbreaking innovation of Wear2® Ecostitching Technology. An important contribution will be realized by a new Wear2® platform which will be ready in the first part of 2021. So, take the first step! Read More


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During the COVID-19 health crisis huge amounts of disposable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) are being used, even when reusable solutions are available. At different levels, the realisation that also PPE needs to be more sustainable is growing. The CEN-CENELEC PPE Sector forum would like to support these efforts by facilitating an exchange with all involved stakeholders to discuss ways to include sustainability aspects into standardization.
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