Sustainability – A sector in change modus: How sustainability is enhanced by the regional German Textile Industry

Eco textiles, recycled fabrics and high quality materials with long levity – Sustainability wins significance also in the textile industry. To meet the growing need for sustainability expressed by the civil society, enterprises bet on resource-saving production. We – The umbrella organisation of the German Northwest Textile and Clothing industry will show examples of sustainability and sustainable production.

Bed linen with a clear conscience

The traditional textile firm WILHELM WÜLFING GmbH &Co. KG has deep sustainabilitiy in its DNA. The inhouse photo voltaic plant, the company produces home textiles such as bedding and fitted sheets of the brand Domisette, made of 100 % bio cotton, Fairtrade and CmiA cotton, WECYCLED yarns  and sustainable materials such as half linen and hemp.

The high contribution to safe energy and to protect the environment is proven by various sustainability labels and audits: ÖKO-TEX Standard 100, SteP und Made in Green by ÖKO-TEX, Detox Audits according to the requirements of Greenpeace, memberships at BEPI and BSCI are serving as examples. To honour the excellent energy management of Wülfing, the company is also DIN EN ISO 50001 certified.

We are extremely proud to be certified as a climate neutral company, a certificate we received early 2020. We always set new goals to further enhance our sustainability strategy to contribute with our resource friendly production to improve our climatic balance, underlines Johannes Dowe, General Manager of Wülfing.

Unique project with thought of inclusion

The spinning and weaving company VELENER TEXTIL GmbH from the Münster region has concentrated itself on environment.    

Friendly, sustainbable and pollutant free products, among the treatment WECXCLED® was setting standards in view to no waste, sustainability and ecological compatibility as Ernst Grimmelt and Berrnd Spanderen empahsize. Up to some time ago, cuttings from production were disposed of expensively and up to 25 % of the raw material was wasted. In the WECXCLED procedure, we collect the yarn and cuttings from partners and dissolve cotton to the single fibre. Then we mix it with fresh cotton from responsible purchase, explains Grimmelt. The separation of yarn rests from cardboard spules is done by people with disabilities. Textile companies are receiving cotton yarn without a loss of quality, that was treated before by them.

Green, Greener, Green-Line

No fast fashion, but sustainable production offers the Greven HERMANN BIEDERLACK GmbH + Co. KG.  The firm produces in a full stage and sustainable manner with respect for human beings, environment and by conservation of resources. All forming a comprehensive corporate culture. With its “Green line collection” the company shows how a responsible textile enterprise presents high quality up- and recycled products look like.

Ecological finishing

ETV EING TEXIL-VEREDELUNG GmbH & Co. KG, active in all of Europe is effective in the sector of ecological finishing, and bets also on resource saving and sustaining production. Over a period of several years the firm took various measures to reduce environmental pollution. This let to the use of process controls in the area of production, make use of recycling of residual printing pastes, collection of residual block Collection of residual block liquors and pastes, as well as the use of heat recovery systems. The company tries to reduce unavoidable environmental pollution using the latest technology. Wastewater from production is mechanically, biologically and chemically and physically cleaned in a three-stage sewage treatment plantand guided to a receiving water unit. In a rainwater treatment plant ETV retains contaminants, and contaminated exhaust air from the finishing processes is thermally cleaned in a regenerative after burning plant.

The umbrella organisation of the northwest Textile and Clothing industry is an employer and economic association for around 260 enterprises of the textile and clothing industry in Westfalia, Lower Saxon, Schleswig-Holstein, Bremen and Hamburg. The members employ in Germany around 28000 persons, with a turnover of EUR 6.2 billion. Thus the association is the largest regional association of the German textile and clothing industry and represents around a quarter of the two sectors. The association is headquartered with 20 collaborators in Münster (Westfalia). Further offices are located in Bielefeld, Hannover and Hamburg.