TEXAID introduced the first recycled tote bag with a digital product passport
“With this bag, we wanted to show that it is possible to create fantastic products from post-consumer textile waste. At TEXAID, we want to bring a high-quality feedstock and finally a recycled fiber into the circular textile value chain to create new products that are not only made from other waste streams, but also from used textiles. With this bag, we took a first bold step and were able to create a capsule product for our own Vintage Revivals second-hand stores. We will sell these bags in our second-hand stores throughout Germany.” Thomas Böschen, Managing Director of Texaid, ReSales, and Vintage Revivals.

In the fashion & textiles sector, less than 1% of fibers are recycled into new fibers. The textiles that cannot be used second-hand in their original function are today downcycled into secondary raw materials in an open-loop. The aim of the circular economy is to design out waste by keeping it in the loop and through this saving resources. With the aim of increasing the use of post-consumer fibers in textiles, TEXAID launches a white tote bag. This bag is special and a unique product. The fabric is a mixture of 50% used textile waste collected in Switzerland and Germany by TEXAID. In the largest sorting facility of TEXAID in Apolda, Germany, white cotton textiles that can no longer be worn were sorted out and later spun, woven, and manufactured in Italy. Plastic waste makes up the other 50%. Unifi rescued and recycled into fiber this ocean-bound plastic waste.

The cotton material was transformed into a fiber by Marchi & Fildi in Biella, IT, which was then spun into a yarn using recycled cotton and recycled polyester fibers. This yarn was woven into textile by Tessitura Casoni.T.F.C.. The care label and flag label were produced by the German company Bornemann-Etiketten GmbH, and an NFC chip from circular.fashion was also integrated into the product. All components were then assembled into this bag in Tuscany by benefit company Alisea Srl Società Benefit with their partner Paimex SRL and also screen printed with our design on it.

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This NFC chip is a circularity.IDⓇ digital product passport, developed by the Berlin-based company, circular.fashion. By scanning the NFC chip on the bag with a cell phone, customers are redirected to the circularity.IDⓇ product platform. On this platform, they can find further information on the supply chain as well as instructions on how to refurbish or return the bag for proper recycling. Through this digital product passport, we enable total transparency over the entire bag production and for customers it is an easy and quick way to get the information they need.

With this chip the manual sorters get much faster the product information to make a better sorting decision, e.g. the fiber composition. For this purpose, circular.fashion's intelligent sorting stations are used to scan the chip. Several of these stations have been installed at TEXAID's sorting facility in Apolda, Germany, to facilitate optimized reuse and recycling decisions and ensure another life for the product or fiber.