Actions on recycling
- Commitment #7 -
Recycled tote bag made of patchwork fabric
Upcycling is being experimented in our Madagascan production workshop EPSILON/ CEPOVETT as one of the possible ways to recycle our customers' fabric scraps.
This virtuous solution consists in reusing fabric scraps from the manufacturing of the work clothes it produces, to make patchwork tote bags. A way of revalorizing waste, this innovative process makes it possible to use textiles in their entirety and to transform them into accessories. The fabrics used for the tote bags were collected from all of the company's customers, thus becoming a showcase for our customers' fabrics. Each bag contains about 80 pieces assembled using the traditional Anglo-Saxon sewing technique, which consists of sewing small pieces of different fabrics together to obtain a colorful and aesthetic whole. This initiative has a double vocation: ecological and learning. The tote bags "made in Madagascar" allow the seamstresses in training to practice on the production line of the factory.
CETI: a research center serving the textile industry
The CETI, European Center for Innovative Textiles, is a research and innovation center, supported by the Up-Tex competitiveness cluster, which aims to boost the textile industry.
Created in 2012 thanks to the mobilization of players in the fi eld and the fi nancial support of the State, Lille Metropole Urban Community, the Nord Pas-de-Calais Region, Europe and the Nord Department, the CETI is at the service of companies to encourage and accelerate innovation. It is a place to design, experiment, prototype and industrialize new products, materials and processes adapted to the needs of the industry. It collaborates with producers, major brands and distributors of fashion, sports, luxury and technical textiles. Its international dimension positions it today in the Top 5 of the world's technical centers. As part of its co-creation strategy, CETI integrates the digital dimension by making textiles a vector of innovation.
Corporate upcycling, a way of the future
Corporate upcycling is an innovative and symbolic approach to the circular economy, based on recycling, social integration and solidarity-based reuse, which allows companies to illustrate their waste strategy while meeting their CSR challenges. The goal is to transform used clothing into meaningful and desirable professional accessories. More and more companies are launching projects in this direction, aiming at revaluing their employees' uniforms or professional textiles by transforming them into useful objects. This approach is often coupled with a collaboration with adapted workshops, in partnership with actors working for social reintegration and inclusion. Corporate upcycling not only gives a second life to work clothes, but also gives a second chance to employees in the process of professional and social integration.
Our 2019 results
Deployment of the Recycled Clothing concept50%
Raising awareness of the circular economy our stakeholders70%
Experimentation of upgrading paths60%
Praxy recovers non-recyclable CEPOVETT Group textiles
The Law on Energy Transition for Green Growth has set the objective of reducing by 50% the tonnages of waste sent to landfill. But some waste cannot be recycled. Also, the geographical proximity of the Bourgogne Recyclage processing center (Praxy network) reduces the carbon impact of CEPOVETT Group's transport flows to less than 50 km and offers ultra-modern equipment for the manufacture of solid recovered fuel (SRF). CEPOVETT Group commits itself to Bourgogne Recyclage in favor of a CSR channel "made in France" to recycle its most demanding and complex textile wastes, capitalizing on the advantage of a double valorization, from an energy substitution point of view and of ash revalorization.
Our 2018 results
Implement the Recycled Clothing concept with 2 clients50%
Raising awareness of the circular economy our stakeholders70%
Experiment with new solutions for upgrading100%
A second life for our professional clothing
CEPOVETT Group has made recycling and end of life of its products a priority in its corporate social responsibility policy, in association with exclusive first class industrial partners, to invent innovative solutions, tailor-made, both socio-economic and environmental. Since 2011, the recycling program set up by CEPOVETT Group uses different ways of revalorizing end-of-life professional textiles: sound and heat insulators for the automotive industry or housing, solid recovered fuel, corporate upcycling and the BtoB recycling innovation "Recycled clothingTM".
In 2017, CEPOVETT Group is incorporating recycled polyester into several of its clients' clothing collections, including the airline Joon and the brand Lancel. In addition to using recycled polyester, the company innovated this year by combining it with "post-consumer" recycled cotton from the end-of-life clothing of one of its customers. In total, nearly 15 tons of textile waste from CEPOVETT Group's activities were reclaimed in 2017.
Our 2017 results
Extension of the CEPOVETT Group textile recycling program100%
Reuse of 70 tons of textiles at the end of their life50%
Deployment of the Recycled Clothing concept100%
CEPOVETT Group has made recycling and end of life of its products a priority in its corporate social responsibility policy, in association with exclusive leading industrial partners, to invent innovative, tailor-made solutions, both socio-economic and environmental. Since 2011, the recycling program set up by CEPOVETT Group uses different ways of revalorization of professional textiles at the end of their life: phonic and thermal insulation for the automotive industry or housing, solid fuel recovery or corporate upcycling. In 2016, the "Recycled clothing ™" recycling innovation stands as a first for the professional textile industry. It allowed us to manufacture a new workwear from recycled fibers from old workwear - post-consumer. This innovative approach, inspired by the circular economy, makes it possible to separate and extract the cotton from used clothing and then manufacture new fabric from a "regenerated recycled yarn". All these recycling solutions have the same goal: to give a second life to used work clothes. Nearly 50 tons of textile waste from CEPOVETT Group's activities were recovered in 2016.
Our 2016 results
3 exclusive recycling operations100%
80 tons of recycled textiles at the end of their life60%
Diversification of textile recycling solutions100%
CEPOVETT Group has made the revalorization of professional clothing at the end of its life a priority thanks to the implementation of innovative recycling solutions. Since 2011, CEPOVETT Group offers to its customers to take care of the whole textile recovery process from collection to recycling. A real success, more than 200 tons of used clothing have already been recycled. In 2015, CEPOVETT Group developed a socio-economic and environmental textile reuse program that takes the form of customized solutions, adapted to the challenges of its customers. There are many possibilities for recycling, from reuse in a spirit of solidarity to reuse in textile materials or even transformation into biomass energy: textile waste is incinerated to produce heat and electricity. With the desire to go even further, CEPOVETT Group is experimenting with the "cradle-to-cradle" professional clothing of tomorrow. *from cradle to cradle.