Textile recycling is still in its infancy. Not only the textile sector plays a major role, large consumers of textile materials can also make a substantial contribution to boost textile recycling or reuse.
Fluvius also wants to take its responsibility in this regard. We are a grid company for everyone in Flanders, which also works on energy transition and climate adaptation. So we have a great social responsibility.
The merger of Eandis, Infrax and Integan has released a lot of old work and image clothes. With this project, in collaboration with Centexbel and Design Atelier van den Boorn, we want to look for the most sustainable way to dispose of it. Thus, we are analysing the technical, organisational and economic feasibility of reusing work clothes, and at the end we want to make the recycled clothes or circular use application available to our staff again.
Fluvius System Operator
Partners Centexbel, Design Atelier van den Boorn – Pōur
In the future, we want to better gear our collection methods to the recycling process and the end product we have in mind for certain types of clothing or textiles. This can be done by focusing on separate collection containers and clear collection instructions for our own staff.
The research into the valorisation of our EOL clothing is also continuing through another project (CICO hub - Co-creation process: valorisation of residual flows) that is part of the ESF call 'Circular work(s)!'. This support network aims to build bridges between the circular and social economy. Our EOL clothing is one of the three waste streams that will be valorised into new products through co-creation by Howest students, designers and tailoring companies.