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PRESS INFORMATION MARCH 20, 2018

RESORTECS awarded for its smart stitch innovation that aims at reducing waste in the fashion industry.

On March 20th, at a ceremony in Stockholm City Hall, the Belgian startup RESORTECS won the Global Change Award, an innovation challenge initiated by the non-profit H&M Foundation. RESORTECS is developing a dissolvable thread that makes repairing and recycling a breeze.

Recycling garments is a complicated and manual process with various fabrics involved, zippers and buttons. RESORTECS solves this problem by supplying a thread that simply dissolves at a high temperature. When used for regular seams, the whole piece of clothing can easily be disassembled so that the different fabrics can be used over and over in new ways, cutting the need to produce fabric from scratch. Stitch by stitch, this innovation brings new life to fashion.

What it’ll look like in your closet: Ever looked at those clothes overflowing your closet? With RESORTECS’ dissolvable thread, you are now looking at a goldmine of fabrics ready to be re-made in the next fashionable garments.

  • RESORTECS selected out of 2600 disruptive ideas from 151 different countries.
  • RESORTECS is part of five winners selected by an international expert panel.
  • RESORTECS receives a grant of 150,000 Euros and access to a one year tailor-made Innovation Accelerator provided by the H&M Foundation, in collaboration with Accenture and KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.
  • Clothing is massively underutilized. It is estimated that more than half of fashion produced is disposed of in under a year. (1) Some garments are estimated to be discarded after just seven to ten wears. (2)And less than 1% of material used to produce clothing is recycled into new clothing. (3)

 

“GCA’s recognition of our potential breakthrough for recycling materials gives us wings to accelerate its development!  Being part of the GCA community is a major opportunity to expand our network globally and tend to a maximum impact,” says Vanessa Counaert, co-Founder of RESORTECS.

“Thanks to this award, we’ll get additional means to evolve our first working prototype to the next level. We are just a stitch away from conscious fashion.” says Cedric Vanhoeck, co-Founder of RESORTECS.

 

 

RELATED INFO

RESORTECS is a brand of Regeneration bvba, a Belgian company created in 2017 who’s aim is to engineer circular economy in fashion.

The founders are Cedric Vanhoeck and Vanessa Counaert. Cedric is an industrial design engineer from TU Delft and a fashion designer. Vanessa holds a MBA from Solvay Business School with 15 years of experience in the medical industry. Those skillsets complement each other to create the needed multidisciplinarity to develop game-changing ideas and business models that can help reinvent the industry.

Circular Economyaims to keep products, components, and materials at their highest utility and value at all times. It efficiently recirculates the raw material and valuable resources used to produce new goods. The world is already using approximately 1.6 planet’s worth of resources every year. There is an urgent opportunity to shift from “take-make-waste” production and consumption models to a model where resource loops are tightened and valuable materials are recovered.

Global Change Award is an innovation challenge initiated by the non-profit H&M Foundation in 2015. In September 2017, the third round was launched. By catalyzing early innovations that can accelerate the shift from a linear to a circular fashion industry, the aim is to protect the planet and our living conditions. Global Change Award is one of the world’s biggest challenges for early stage innovation and the first such initiative in the fashion industry. Neither the H&M Foundation nor the company H&M take any equity or intellectual property rights in the innovations. The aim is to influence the fashion industry as a whole. For further information, please visit globalchangeaward.com.

H&M Foundationis privately funded by the Stefan Persson family, founders and main owners of H&M. Since 2013, the family has donated SEK 1.1 billion ($154 million, €123 million) to the foundation, aiming to improve living conditions for people on a global scale. For more information, please visit hmfoundation.com.

 

REFERENCES

  1. McKinsey & Company, Style that’s sustainable: A new fastfashion formula (2016)
  2. Euromonitor International Apparel & Footwear 2016 Edition (volume sales trends 2005–2015); https://www.worldwildlife.org/industries/cotton; Fashion United, Global industry fashion statistics: International apparel (2016), https://fashionunited.com/global-fashion-industry-statistics
  3. This includes recycling after use, as well as the recycling of factory offcuts. Expert interviews and some reports suggest that the rate of recycling clothing after use could be below 0.1% (see, e.g. Wicker, A., Fast fashion is creating an environmental crisis, Newsweek (1 September 2016)).