Many clothing companies do not know where to start with textile recycling. REMO (The Recycle Movement) is using its extensive network of suppliers to help others make relevant connections in the industry. We catch up with them to find out more
Martin Havik founded REMO in 2008: “Via my own textile purchasing office in Prato, I learnt first hand how textile recycling works, from the individual fibres, to a pair of jeans.”
He also learnt the ins and outs of the textile world: “It is made up of many individual islands, each protecting their own product. Besides contributing to a healthier planet, REMO creates cooperation and transparency. After all, the textile industry is a huge polluter. This situation cannot go on for much longer.”
There are only a few companies that can turn recycled textiles into new clothes and REMO knows how to connect them with clothing manufacturers. “We know the routes and functions of the textiles recycling industry inside out. With our network and knowledge, we complete the recycling chain. That saves companies a lot of money and resources” says Havik.
Unfortunately, sustainable clothing is not always high on the list of priorities. Marieke Koemans-Kokkelink, Sales Director at REMO is addressing the problem: “We want to use textile recycling to make sustainable production of clothes more transparent. We also want to make consumers more aware of recycling clothing. We have therefore developed the ‘REMOkey’, a label which states what percentage of the end product is recycled, and what the environmental benefit is. Via a QR code, customers can see the garment’s journey from start to finish. We hope this will make consumers aware of the benefits of recycling old clothes, and of purchasing recycled textiles. For a clothing company, the label shows that they are sustainable and transparent.”
REMO and ECAP
“Our ultimate goal is to reduce the amount of textile, water, and energy that is wasted; and to reduce CO2 emissions” says Havik. REMO helps advise on textiles recycling for ECAP pilot projects, and has done so for ASOS, Blycolin/Blue Loop Originals, HAVEP and the clothing chain JBC.