Published December 28, 2017

Textile and plastic waste into work clothes

With TouchPoint, the waste gets a new life as a piece of work clothing. The firm’s comprehensive solution covers the design of the work clothes collections, the selection of ecological materials and the use of the materials, as well as taking care of textiles no longer used.

Problem

Finland alone produces more than 70 million kilograms of waste textiles each year. Companies produce waste textiles when, for example, a company’s work clothing is updated or when an item of clothing reaches the end of its useful life. Getting rid of these textiles is an expense for the companies. However, the textile waste cannot be reused if it is taken straight to be incinerated. At the same time, work clothes are often made from polyester, which is a plastic and has a very low recycling rate. Plastic waste in the sea is a grave environmental problem.

Solution: textile and plastic waste into work clothes

TouchPoint’s range of services includes, for example, work clothes made of surplus or recycled materials. The company uses fabrics made of, for example, recycled plastic bottles and refiberisable materials that can be used for producing new raw materials and fabrics. TouchPoint provides its customers with the opportunity to turn waste into raw material. The company is constantly seeking new ways of using the textiles its customers throw away.

Revenue model and benefits for TouchPoint

TouchPoint offers its customers a comprehensive service model that covers the design of a range of workwear that enhances recyclability, from ecological material choices to responsible implementation. The service also includes taking care of the end-of-life textiles. TouchPoint offers its customers support on responsible choices and provision of information on environmental impacts to the customers of the customers, staff and the media.

Benefits to customers and end users

Customers are primarily service companies that require work clothing. Ecological workwear stands out in the market, supports the customer’s brand and enhances a customer’s environmental responsibility credentials by building a story around the use of the workwear. TouchPoint provides employees with high-quality workwear that best suits the job description of each employee.

FACTS

TouchPoint in a nutshell

Main business: environmentally friendly work clothes (wholesale trade of textile products)

Established: 2008

Net sales: €1-50 million

Launch of circular economy solution: 2009

Share of the circular economy solution of the total business: 

  • recyclable and recycled new materials plus industrial excess materials: approximately 50%;
  • recycling projects (using products for new purposes): approximately 5%;
  • circular economy service models: approximately 5%.

Employees: 1-10

Based: Helsinki

Website:  www.touchpoint.fi

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