Are you fed up with your product? Your favourite pair of denim is worn out and cries for a well-earned retirement? No worries, we understand … but at Resortecs®, we believe that the end of a product as such is not the end of its materials! When you find yourself with a Resortecs-powered product you do not want anymore, here is how you can truly help us find another purpose for it in a sustainable way.
Lets be together with us part of this new fashion: the circular economy!
What is this “circular economy” thing people talk about?
The concept of a circular economy exists since many years and gained more interest among economists and social sciences practitioners in the late 1970s . A circular economy is defined by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, a prominent group and leader in circular economy initiatives, as:
“A circular economy is based on the principles of designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use, and regenerating natural systems.”
As a circular economy advocate, Resortecs participates in building a circular economy through its activities and the product you bought. By support a “design for disassembly” logic among the fashion brands and manufacturers, we bring maintenance, remanufacturing and recycling operations of textile products one step closer to true economic and ecological viability.
*What happens when I put my worn jeans in the public textile bin?
After you put your worn jeans in the collection bin, the worn garments collected in the bin are transported to a sorting company or NGO to go through a first screening: they are differentiated between wearable and non-wearable used products. Between 10% and 15% of the collected clothes in EU are considered wearable and of good quality and are sold domestically.
Most of the remaining collected clothes are then sent abroad to other sorting facilities (usually in Eastern Europe) to be sold on the global market: the next best quality for reuse is sold to other EU countries, Africa or the Middle East; the collected clothes with the lowest quality for reuse are sent to Asia . In total, about 70% of collected garments are considered reusable and can be sold as such , the remaining 30% are then either downcycled (which means turned into low-added-value products such as rags, insulation…), destroyed (incinerated or landfilled) and recycled.
What really happens when I’ve given my worn jeans with Resortecs sewing threads back to the store?
After you put your used jeans in the Resortecs dedicated bin at your local store, all the worn products in this bin are transported directly to our Resortecs disassembly centre. There, our partners Les Petits Rien will sort out the used products and separate from the rest the garments they deem wearable. These wearable products are then introduced in their local network and secondhand retail stores.
The used products that are not wearable go through our disassembly process to completely dismantle each product in their different parts: the textile products go through a heating process to melt the Resortecs sewing thread and a mechanical system to open the seams in the same machine. The process ensures an automatic and continuous disassembly of a constant stream of textile waste. At the end of the process, the separated textile pieces of each product end up in the same output stream, and the hard pieces (buttons, zippers…) in another.
The textiles pieces are then fed in a screening process to sort them out according to their material (cotton, polyester, viscose…) in different containers. The different containers can then be recycled by the adequate industrial actors.
**How does really work the Resortecs solution?
Our motto is “design for disassembly”. During and after the use of a piece of garment, each operation of repair, remanufacturing or recycling requires a certain level of disassembly of the product: whether the operation is to repair a zipper on a bag, or to recycle the materials of a torn pair of jeans, there will be a need for partial or complete disassembly of the product.
By supporting the brands and manufacturers to design textile products for disassembly, we support them as well as the recyclers, sorters… concerned parties and the circular economy. Indeed, we provide to brands and manufacturers sewing threads that melt at certain temperatures; and develop and provide the large-scale or manual disassembly tool. When needed, the “disassembly” property of each product sewed with Resortecs thread is thermally triggered by heating the product to the melting temperature of the thread used.
What?! The seam disappears by melting the Resortecs thread?! I will end up with parts and pieces of jeans after washing, drying and/or ironing my jeans for sure…
For each product, the care instructions (ironed or not, with or without tumble drying…) are the starting point for our partners and us during the development phase: that enables us to carefully select the right Resortecs thread for the right product, so that its disassembly cannot be triggered during its use and only at its end-of-life.
The ironing temperatures are the highest temperatures that can encounter a product during its use, and a Resortecs thread melting at 200°C has been specifically developed to bear the highest temperature settings of household irons: you will burn the garments with the iron before you manage to melt the thread and dismantle the product, although it is never recommended to use household irons at their highest settings.