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Sympatex, Ricosta jointly move towards sustainability
Feb '18
Courtesy: Sympatex Technologies
Courtesy: Sympatex Technologies
Sympatex Technologies is moving towards sustainability with its long-standing customer Ricosta. The ecological alternative amongst functional textile specialists provides the company with completely recycled Symptex lining material for children’s shoes. With this, Ricosta becomes the first manufacturer of children’s shoes with completely recycled materials.

The joint move on sustainability is completed by a joint POS campaign to playfully educate children on plastic and recycling.

The linings which are recycled up to 100 per cent consist of GRS- (global recycled standard) or bluesign-certified polyester fibres made out of recycled PET bottles. The life cycle assessment is excellent when comparing the production of one kilogram of used recycled polyester fibres with one kilogram of polyester fibres based on crude oil - 32 per cent carbon dioxide reduction, 60 per cent energy saving and 94 per cent less water consumption. Instead of 60 litres only about 3 litres of the rare resources are used.

In line with this, Sympatex has developed a compact children’s mini-book entitled “Sam and the plastic plan” to teach children the importance of recycling.

“We think that the youngest of the next generation must have a say as well in ecological issues,” explains Dr. Rüdiger Fox, CEO of Sympatex Technologies. “If we don’t close the plastic cycle as soon as possible, they will already be the next generation which will find more plastic than fish in the oceans when they become adults. And the textile industry can make a significant contribution,” adds Fox. (SV)

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