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Schijvens: Circular corporate fashion

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Type of organisation or company:

Country: 
Netherlands
City: 
Hilvarenbeek

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Submitted by: 
Holland Circular Hotspot
Start/End date: 
01/2017
Ongoing: 
Yes
Description: 

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.

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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.