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    Decathlon partners with Recyc’elit to advance textile recycling and sustainability in the Industry


    Decathlon has reinforced its commitment to sustainability by partnering with Recyc’elit, a pioneering startup specializing in the recycling of complex textiles. Founded in Lyon, France, in 2020 by PhD scientists Karim and Raouf Medimagh, Recyc’elit has introduced a technology for separating materials such as polyester, elastane, and polyamide, enhancing the ...

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    Asics presents new Nimbus Mirai as its “most circular shoe ever”


    Source: Asics Asics is launching the Nimbus Mirai, a performance running shoe designed to be remade at the end of its life. “Mirai” is the Japanese word for future, reflecting the brand’s commitment to make a positive impact on future generations of runners. Designed with recycling in ...

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    Refurbed expands into the second-hand sporting goods market


    Founded in Vienna in 2017, the Refurbed scaleup has already established itself in seven European markets, including Austria, Germany, Sweden and Italy, by reselling reconditioned second-hand technology, especially computers, tablets and smartphones. At the end of 2022, the marketplace also began offering reconditioned city bikes and e-bikes in Germany, followed ...

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    Salomon launches third gen of Index recyclable running shoe


    Source: Salomon Index.03 The Index.03, the third generation of the fully recyclable running shoe, will be available this spring and, according to Salomon, offers more comfort, performance and style at a more affordable price. The Index.03, which at just 249 grams is 14 grams lighter than its ...

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    Balena & For Ever forge circular future for footwear


    Balena’s collaboration with For Ever, one of the world’s largest outsole makers, marks a significant stride toward circularity in the footwear industry. The groundbreaking partnership, set to be unveiled at Lineapelle-Italy on February 20th, signals a pivotal moment in sustainable shoe manufacturing.

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    El Corte Inglés is the latest signatory to Spain’s SCRAP


    El Corte Inglés has become a member of Spain’s Association for the Management of Textile and Footwear Residues. In its brief history – it was founded a year ago, last January – the association has obtained the membership also of Decathlon, H&M, IKEA, Inditex, Kiabi, Mango and Tendam. It was ...

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    BASF and Inditex unveil Loopamid, a circular Nylon 6 based entirely on textile waste


    BASF and Inditex jointly announced on Jan. 23 a breakthrough in promoting circularity in the textile industry. With the launch of Loopamid, a Polyamide 6 (a synthetic polymer widely used in numerous textile applications due to its excellent mechanical properties and versatility, also known as Nylon 6) made from 100 ...

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    Vivobarefoot, Balena present 3D-printed, customized and fully compostable shoe


    Source: Vivobarefoot Vivobarefoot VivoBiome UK-based footwear and lifestyle brand Vivobarefoot has announced a partnership with Tel Aviv-based circular economy startup Balena, founded in 2020. The aim is to produce shoes that are made-to-order and made-to-measure locally and are compostable and recyclable thanks to Balena’s BioCir®flex range of ...

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    Zeal Optics introduces Re-Shred recycled goggle initiative


    Colorado-based Zeal Optics has introduced the Re-Shred Goggle Initiative, a comprehensive commitment to winter sports goggles with a minimum of 70 percent recycled content in all goggle frames and straps under the motto “Reduce. Reuse. Re-Shred.” “As a brand rooted in a love of the outdoors, we believe that every ...

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    Puma collabs with US upcycler, launches textile-to-textile experiment


    Puma has announced a new collaboration with US upcycler Andrew Burgess and his brand Vivid Visions, launching an experimental, one-of-a-kind capsule collection. Vivid Visions was founded on repurposing old textiles to create unique designs that have been endorsed and featured by NBA icons (Jayson Tatum) and US rappers (A Boogie ...

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    EU bans destruction of unsold textiles, footwear


    The European Commission, Parliament and Council agreed on Dec. 4 on a new framework to make products sustainable by design.

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    World’s first parka made from biological recycling unveiled


    Stella McCartney has unveiled a parka made of biorecycled polyester at COP28. The garment and the technology behind it is a result of a partnership between Protein Evolution and McCartney. Source: Stella McCartney/Protein Evolution The fashion parka is made from rigid packaging waste and industrial textile ...

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    Estimated 2026 circular market size by circular solution


    According to a McKinsey analysis, the European sports circular market is expected to grow 20–25 percent a year, reaching €30–50 billion by 2030. But which sectors offer the most immediate potential for growth? Resale? Repair? Recycling? Or something else?

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    ISPO Munich 2023: Alive and kicking


    Our editors sum up the biggest themes, most important numbers, trends and pinch points on show at ISPO Munich 2023.

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    Puma turns sneakers into compost


    Source: Puma The experimental Re:Suede sneaker After announcing the Re:Suede experiment in 2021, Puma has now reported back and shown that turning the experimental version of its classic Suede sneaker into compost can be done under certain customized industrial conditions. Two years ago, Puma produced 500 pairs ...

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    Circle Sportswear raises €4m in latest funding round


    Circle Sportswear, the French start-up that uses recycled resources to produce new technical garments that are themselves recyclable, has raised €4 million in a Series A funding round. The investment is led by French positive impact investment firm Alter Equity, alongside its historical shareholders and Thierry Peuchot, former marketing director ...

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    New zipper from YKK designed for recycling compatibility


    YKK has launched a new water-repellent zipper designed to work in circular systems. The DynaPel zipper uses GTT Empel technology to eliminate the need for a polyurethane (PU) film and is thus designed to be compatible with garment recycling systems. Conventional chemical and mechanical garment recycling systems cannot process the ...

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    Houdini’s new line encourages consumers to “do more with less”


    Houdini’s newly unveiled Fall/Winter 2024 collection once again reinforces its founding principle for doing more with less, and its commitment to circularity. Highlights from the season include the Moonwalk collection – a lightweight, technical hybrid fleece collection – and the expanded Dunfri (Swedish for “down-free”) insulated line. The hybrid construction ...

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    New name for Rentle, expansion into resale


    Finnish retail rental specialist Rentle, which lists Decathlon, Rab and Scandinavian Outdoor, amongst others, as customers, has changed its name to Twice Commerce. The name reflects the platform’s expansion from purely rental into resale. There will be no change in the rental platform, but brands can now benefit from the ...

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    New polyester textile regeneration company formed


    Building on its technology partnership with IBM and Under Armour, Technip Energies, which is listed on Euronext Paris with American depositary receipts, has announced the creation of Reju, a company focused on PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) recycling (rPET) of textiles. The new company’s focus is thus on creating new solutions at ...