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Texon plans for zero waste by 2025

Texon CEO Jelle Tolsma has highlighted a series of sustainability goals designed to eliminate the production of waste.

Footwear structural materials producer Texon has announced its mission to become a ‘zero waste’ organisation by 2025. This is in line with what the US-based company describes as its long-standing commitment to the development of sustainable footwear components, materials for consumer accessories and performance fabrics.

At the start of this new decade, Texon has set out its sustainability ambitions for the next five years. According to the company, this will involve finding the right supporting partners and focusing on the 'five Rs' – rethinking, reducing, re-using, recycling and recovering – and therefore avoiding anything that it uses ending up in a landfill, ocean or in the air we breathe. Texon’s environmental efforts are being made under what it calls the 'zerofootprint' umbrella.

Jelle Tolsma, chief executive of Texon states: "Every day, millions of people step out to play, train, compete and explore wearing garments and footwear based on our materials. At the start of a new decade, we’re renewing our commitment to sustainability and pledging to do more in collaboration with our customers and supply base. As a business, we’ve identified a series of sustainability goals that will further accelerate our journey to becoming a world-class sustainable company and drive us closer towards our ambition of zero waste.

"When it comes to raw materials, we're reducing our use of virgin cellulose – pioneering new solutions that allow us to take less from the planet and optimise what we already have,” he continues. “In terms of water consumption, we're going above and beyond to limit what we use. Where we do use water, we make sure we recycle and return it back to nature even cleaner than when it came out so it can be reused. And when it comes to transport, we're continually looking for ways to reduce our CO2 emissions – whether that's placing our factories near to customers or rethinking how our products are shipped, choosing ocean freight over air freight. ‘Zerofootprint’ will serve as a constant reminder to us, and to our customers, that there is always more that companies can do – collectively and individually."

Texon material solutions include nonwoven saturated felts, extruded filmic materials, wet-web saturated cellulose paperboard, technical fabrics and consumables. These products are used in footwear and consumer applications, such as fashion accessories, clothing, luggage, labels and tags, as well as in home and office accessories.

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This article was originally published on page 6 of the April 2020 issue of SATRA Bulletin.

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