Schijvens: Circular corporate fashion

Schijvens logo
Type of organisation or company
Language for original content
Key Area
Submitted by
Holland Circular Hotspot
Start/End date

Schijvens has been in the uniform-making business for one and a half centuries. In 2017, it went circular: it began collecting customers' old clothing, shredding it and mixing the textile fibres with shredded PET-polyester ones from sportswear, fishing nets and bottles.

The first milestone was launching a circular collection for customer Stayokay by producing post-consumer uniforms consisting of 50% pre-worn textiles mixed with 50% recycled polyester. Nowadays, they have a number of big Dutch customers, such as Kruidvat, Etos, Hema, Circl (ABN Amro) and NS Retail and are expanding outside the Netherlands to international retailers with a sustainable mindset.

Their circular process includes the whole value chain: from customer, return logistics (in cooperation with PostNL) and recycle partner to the recycled yarn spinner, weaver, knitter, sewing facility and transport company.

Main activity field
Main results
  • In 2018, Schijvens won the Dutch Corporate Fashion Award.
  • In 2020, it was the winner of the Dutch Circular Award in the Business category.
  • Today, 70% of Schijvens’ whole turnover is circular.