The goal is to save 100 million liters of water and 500,000 kg of CO2 during the year 2023

The production of textiles in its current form is not sustainable. Overproduction and destroying unsold stocks and textiles ending as waste is not sustainable. It is important that textile materials that end up as waste can be utilised as efficiently as possible.

Valuable materials should be put to good use instead of used as energy. According to the order of priority, sharing textiles takes priority over reuse and recycling.

The most ecological material option is one that can be saved from becoming a waste. It is the most economical option that conserves natural resources. When the material is reused as is, its value is preserved.

Many companies in the textile industry treat their surplus textiles as disposable textiles, waste. If the material is not used in own production, it can find an important role in someone else’s production.

Important metrics are carbon dioxide emissions and water consumption.

The emission factors of textiles and their raw materials vary between different sources. Variations in different studies are caused, among other things, by the production methods and countries of the materials and the principles of emission calculation. In the calculation, we use coefficients that, on average, describe the emissions generated in the production of the material.

When it comes to emission factors, it is essential whether the material is recycled or virgin and how it has been processed. In the production of textile materials, such as bleaching, dyeing, printing and finishing, various chemicals are used to give the textile the desired properties and appearance. Certifications certify the safety of the material, but do not directly affect emissions.

Regarding materials, emissions are calculated per kilogram.

Since the platform opened, we have saved together:

Carbon dioxide 1 173 kg

Water 434 703 litres

The saved carbon dioxide is equivalent to 7 972 driving kilometers in a car or 250 times the emissions of a heated electric sauna. In terms of water consumption, the saving is equivalent to the annual water consumption of ten people living in an apartment.

In the calculation, we take into account the carbon dioxide emissions we cause during transportation. In transports, we take into account the size of the goods to be transported, the distance traveled and the method of transport. In order to reduce logistics emissions, we aim to optimize transport routes and choose low-emission modes of transport.

The uncertainty for us is caused by the fact that we are not yet capable of full life-cycle monitoring, from the production of materials to the completion and use of a new product. Better traceability of the materials would give a more comprehensive picture for the responsibility work.

Transparency is a core value that we want to share with the entire community. We are constantly developing our operations so that we can promote positive change and transparency in the textile industry.

The year 2023 is just beginning, but it looks very good. Here it becomes concrete how small, and above all easily, big savings can be made.

Does your company participate in using surplus textiles?