RECYCLING WORN-OUT
PROFESSIONNAL CLOTHING

COMMITMENT N°7


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2021

CETI: a research centre dedicated to the textile sector

CETI, the European Centre for Innovative Textiles, is a research and innovation centre, supported by the Up-Tex competitiveness cluster, which aims to boost the textile sector. CETI, created in 2012 thanks to the mobilization of players in the sector and financial support from the State, Lille Metropole Urban Community, the Nord Pas-de-Calais Region, Europe and the Nord Department, is committed to companies to promote and boost innovation. It is a space for designing, experimenting, prototyping and industrializing new products, materials and processes tailored to industry needs. It works with fashion, sports, luxury and technical-textile producers, leading brands and distributors. Its international scope ranks it as one of the world's top five technical centres. As part of its co-creation strategy, CETI integrates the digital aspect by making textiles a vector of innovation.

2020

Corporate upcycling, a path to the future

Corporate upcycling is an innovative and symbolic approach to the circular economy, based on recycling, social integration and community re-use, which enables companies to demonstrate 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 aimed at upgrading their staff's professional uniforms or textiles by turning them into useful objects. This approach is often paired with collaboration with adapted workshops, in partnership with agencies working for social reintegration and inclusion. Corporate upcycling not only gives workwear a second life but also gives a second chance to employees on their path to professional and social integration.

2019

Praxy, reuses non-recyclable CEPOVETT textiles

The Energy Transition Law for Green Growth set the objective of reducing the tonnage of waste sent to landfill by 50%. But some waste cannot be recycled. Also, the geographical proximity of the Bourgogne Recyclage (PRAXY network) is reducing the carbon impact of CEPOVETT’s transport flows to less than 50 km and offers stateof- the-art equipment for the manufacture of solid recovered fuels (SRF). CEPOVETT is committed, alongside Bourgogne Recyclage to a to recycling its most significant and complex textile waste, and reaping double the benefits from an energy substitution and ash recovery point of view.

2019 Results

    • 50%
    • Raising awareness of the circular economy70%
    • Experimenting with recycling solutions'60%

2018

A second life for our workwear

CEPOVETT Group has made recycling and the end of life of its products a priority in its corporate social responsibility policy, by associating exclusive leading industrial partners, to invent innovative, tailor-made solutions, both socio-economic and environmental. Since 2011, the recycling programme set up by CEPOVETT Group has been using different ways of reusing end-of-life professional textiles: sound and heat insulation for the automotive industry or housing, solid recovered fuel, corporate upcycling and the BtoB recycling innovation "Recycled clothingTM".
In 2017, CEPOVETT Group integrated recycled polyester into several of its clients' clothing collections, including the airline Joon and the brand Lancel. In addition to the use of 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 tonnes of textile waste from CEPOVETT Group's activities were reused in 2017.

2018 Results

    • Assuring the implementation of the «Recycled clothing» concept within the activity of 2 clients50%
    • Making our stakeholders aware of the circular economy70%
    • Testing new recycling solutions'100%

2017

2017 Report

CEPOVETT Group has made recycling and the 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 that are both socio-economic and environmental. Since 2011, the recycling programme set up by CEPOVETT Group has been using different ways of reusing professional textiles at the end of their life cycle: sound and heat insulation for the automotive industry or housing, solid recovered fuel or corporate upcycling. In 2016, the recycling innovation "Recycled clothing ™" was a first for the professional textile sector. It made it possible to manufacture a new professional garment from recycled fibres from old work clothes - post consumer. This innovative approach inspired by the circular economy makes it possible to separate and extract the cotton from used clothing and then make a new fabric from a "regenerated recycled yarn". All these recycling solutions have the same goal: to give used workwear a second life. Almost 50 tonnes of textile waste from CEPOVETT Group's activities were recovered in 2016.

2017 Results

    • Extension of the CEPOVETT Group textile recycling programme100%
    • Recycling of 70 tonnes of end-of-life textiles50%
    • Deployment of the 'Recycled clothing' concept100%

2016

2016 Report

CEPOVETT Group has made the recycling of end-of-life workwear a priority by implementing innovative recycling solutions. Since 2011, CEPOVETT Group has been offering its customers to take care of all the stages of textile recovery, from collection to recycling. A real success, more than 200 tons of used clothes have already been recycled. In 2015, CEPOVETT Group developed a socio-economic and environmental programme for textile recovery which takes the form of tailor-made solutions, adapted to the challenges of its clients. 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

2016 Results

    • 3 exclusive recycling operations100%
    • Recovery of 80 tonnes of recycled end-of-life textiles60%
    • Diversification of textile recycling solutions100%