NIKIN unterstützt «Texcircle»-Projekt der Hochschule Luzern - NIKIN EU

NIKIN supports the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences’ “Texcircle” project

A research team from Lucerne University has one goal: our society must learn to close the textile cycle. The Product and Textile research group researched how this works together with companies from the textile industry in the project “Texcircle”, which NIKIN supported as a network partner.  

You don't necessarily have to have a fashion brand to be aware of the lack of sustainability in this industry. There are now at least as many humanitarian disasters in textile factories every day as there are labels jumping on the “sustainable collections” bandwagon. Where does this lead? Anyone who finishes asking these and all subsequent questions will probably come to the uncomfortable truth that, in theory, we should all stop producing fashion until the last seam of all existing clothing has been re-used, re-cycled or worn beyond use. Would that really solve our global problem? Probably not.   

Image: Our clothing consumption must not pollute the environment. ©HSLU

Textile cycle

We at NIKIN have already achieved a lot, but we still have at least as much ahead of us. So we do our best every day to develop in the awareness of this fallibility. We drive improvements at various levels, be it in sales, design, collection or reuse of material. We had already launched a Reuse Collection, which was partly produced from recycled waste materials from older editions. For us, this collection was a symbol of circularity and the more conscious use of resources - but (unfortunately) not yet a part of everyday life in the fashion industry. 

Image: Robin and the yarn. ©Ivan Schnoz

Looking for pure substance

It is also clear to the researchers at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences (HSLU): we have to manage to use our old clothes much better than before so that the textile cycle can be closed. Put simply, this means that old sweaters or T-shirts are not burned or made into rags, but rather into new clothing that ends up back in the store. Tina Tomovic and the team from the HSLU Product and Textile research group researched how this could work together with companies from industry in the “Texcircle” project - which NIKIN is a network partner supported.  

Image: A sweater prototype. ©HSLU

Old jeans become new sweaters

The entire recycling process chain was examined, from collecting old clothes to sorting and subsequent tearing to spinning the raw materials obtained in this way into new yarns and nonwovens. As part of the two-year project, several prototypes were created based on the old textiles. The Winterthur company “Rieter” produced a yarn for sweaters from old jeans. We currently have samples in Lenzburg, on NIKIN co-founder Robin Gnehm's work table. Since it still has leftover yarn, we would like to give the “Texcircle” project a second life in the spirit of the circular economy. A limited collection is planned for 2023.

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Image: Blue jeans became a blue sweater. ©HSLU
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