August 3, 2020
Our RE:SPACE product family is a milestone on the road to sustainably developed and manufactured technical textiles. Applying the concept of recycling to the textile surface to the greatest extent possible is an integral component of the concept.
Due not only to legal regulations, but also to the changing “zeitgeist”, recycling is an increasingly important issue, also in the automobile sector. Minimizing the ecological footprint and supporting the sustainable design of mobility solutions are the great challenges of our age. To support the growing trend of using recyclable materials in textile fabrics we’ve come up with the RE:SPACE product family, which engages with the issue of sustainability in the widest variety of ways.
These products therefore stand for a complete recycling loop, from the raw material to its use in the end product, right through to its re-use at the end of the life cycle. This loop is expanded by the fundamental possibility of using recycled material as raw material.
This results in the completion of the recycling loop while additionally contributing to the reduction of accumulated waste materials. Plastic beverage bottles retrieved from waste are shredded into flakes and then directly spun into new yarns. Special attention has been given to the standardization of the raw and auxiliary materials in the development of the Re:Space product family. These raw materials are used to create a single-origin end product that can be fed into the recycling loop with consistent quality and without any additional major expenditure or effort.
In theory, each of our existing articles can be produced in a recyclable variety. Of course, solutions are also available in which only part of the yarn used is a recycled variety, while the rest is completed in “virgin” unrecycled yarn. We’re happy to analyze all other technical properties for your individual application needs, so just write us about your requirements!
But for us, sustainability doesn’t simply mean using recyclable yarn whenever possible; textiles made from pure virgin yarn should also be manufactured with the smallest possible environmental footprint. We manufacture our RE:SPACE products in the city of Tübingen in a fully integrated production sequence featuring short distances and interconnected processes. This enables us to eliminate emissions for additional transports between individual production locations.
The processes involved in textile manufacture and finishing require a great deal of energy, so our goal is to reduce these energy needs by using the right materials and developing new processes. For example, yarns that don’t require dyeing can be used in RE:SPACE products.
The result is that this process step, requiring high levels of heat, water and waste water, can be eliminated entirely. Despite this reduction, heat and exhaust fumes are still generated during the production and treatment of textile fabrics, so all of the exhaust fumes undergo an additional thermal treatment to keep this effect on the environment as small as possible. Then the fumes and the generated heat are stored in a district heating network to additionally support emission reduction in the communal heat generation.